Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Published on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic
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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.
“I simply want your heart, my prince.”
My love for Sara Wolf goes back a good bit. Way back to when I had my first NOOK (yikes, before I knew better). The Lovely Vicious series was my everything. I have read almost everything she has done. So when I first heard of this fantasy coming along, I was excited, but also nervous. Fantasy is a lot to live up too and get right, in my opinion. Also, I get bored SO EASY with fantasy sometimes.
But… this book yall… WITCHES. MONSTERS. AMAZING PRINCE AND SIDEKICK. DELIGHTFUL AMOUNTS OF SARCASM. OMG. I LOVED IT.
I need to immediately talk about the characters in this book. I FREAKING LOVE ZERA. She was hilarious, sarcastic, witty…. her internal struggle so interesting. I was never bored in her head. Lucian is so swoon worthy, and quick to have a comeback to all of Zera’s quips. His bro-bodyguard-guy, Malachite, pretty sure I also have a huge thing for him. I grew to love Lady Y’Shennria and Fione. And the hate I managed to feel for certain people….. ughhhhh! But it was people I was supposed to hate, so that is okay. What drove me most crazy is the way so many people seemed to be working towards the same goal, but not realizing it and coming together the way they should. (But at the same time, had they done so, I guess there wouldn’t be much of a story line.) But I just wanted to yell at them, TELL YOUR SECRETS! WORK TOGETHER! THEN MAKE BABIES!
The world itself, with all of the races, human and non, was so interesting. I also liked the history of the world and division of witches and humans, without feeling like I was being info dumped on. I loved visually imagining the Beneathers/Celeons, especially just being apart of the human world. There is this weird, old lore feeling to the story, things feeling very twisted fairy-tale like. Like a Grimm tale, your classic girl meets prince, but loaded with death and darkness and blood.
The end was so good. Everything was so insane, intense, and then the surprise! (I had wondered about this the whole book, but did not see it coming as the cliffhanger until it was literally being shoved in my face.) I had like, chills at how good everything was and then the crazy ending and abruptly wrapped up with the shock… so many emotions! This book was a breath of fresh air for YA fantasy, so unique in its lore and characters. I flew through all 400 pages, just devoured it. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series goes!!!
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