Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic. A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities. Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back.
Realm of Ruins is the companion novel to her first book Kingdom of Ash and Briars and part of the Nissera Chronicles series. You totally don’t need to read the first book to read this one! There are some references to events in the distant past that might spoil parts of the first book, but otherwise you could totally follow this story on its own since it reads like a standalone.
Our main character in this story is Valory, she is a descendant from the main character from Kingdom of Ash and Briars. As Valory is forced to leave her home, she finds out that she isn’t really safe anywhere she goes. The first half of the book is a little slower in pace, but it really kicks up when things start to roll!
There are tons of characters in this book! West did a fantastic job at bringing them all together and keeping unique to there own personalities so they all can stand out on there own.
Of course being a pretty hefty looking book so much exciting things happen in this story! Valory’s growth and determination are at the center of the entire story as she goes from being a girl who wants power and to fit to being someone who has grown into what she has.
I definitely recommend this book to any and all fantasy and fairytale lovers that love a great world building! It’s totally a five star book!
About The Author:
Hannah West is the author of Kingdom of Ash and Briars and its companion, Realm of Ruins. She’s always loved writing about magic and fairytales, but her time studying abroad in Orléans, France inspired her to finally write and publish a fantasy novel. She’s a freelance writer and vegetarian living in Texas with her husband and their rambunctious blue heeler.
Win 1 of 5 bundles of the Nissera Chronicles (US Only)
Bundle includes: 1x
physical copy of Kingdom of Ash and Briars + 1x physical copy of Realm
Giveaway starts:4th December 2018
Giveaway finishes: 17th December 2018
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