Kathryn Purdie's second book in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Burning Glass trilogy, "Crystal Blade," is sure to entrance readers with its great storytelling.
After Sonya, once the Sovereign Auraseer, compelled Emperor Valko to abdicate and put an end to the One Day War, Riaznin was free from imperial rule. With Valko imprisoned and awaiting trial, Sonya is free from what was once her fate to serve the emperor until her death.
Leader of the uprising and Valko's brother, Anton, is now one of the Duma — the council that leads Riaznin's new democracy. Though Valko is no longer ruler, the once-noble people and the peasants are at odds and another country is set to disturb the brand new government.
Sonya's empathic-type abilities are growing. Not only can she sense the intents and emotions of those around her, but she can also use her power to make people feel the emotions of others and her own, bending their will to hers. As Sonya struggles to control her newfound ability, she's also tempted by the power of it. She feels her own darkness and fears what she might do with it.
Sonya's closest friend Tosya, a Romska, and her friend and love interest Anton, are the only ones aware of her unique ability, but as dangers increase, her secret escapes into the hands of her enemies. Past and present enemies have ill intentions and seek to use Sonya's ability against her and for their own gain. Another person re-emerges from Sonya's past seeking revenge and won't rest until Sonya suffers for past mistakes.
Packed with action and plot twists, "Crystal Blade" does not disappoint as the second book in a trilogy. Purdie has expertly created distinct characters with realistic strengths and weaknesses, amid the backdrop of a vivid setting and compelling story. Suspenseful and captivating, "Crystal Blade" is great for readers who enjoy fast-paced fantasy stories with a dose of romance.
"Crystal Blade" is a young adult fantasy with no foul language. There are some intimate scenes with characters beginning to undress, but it stops there. Violence is at times graphic, including murder within and out of battle scenes.