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[[ Read E-pub ]] ï The Shattered Court ì First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half Light City Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire and a choice between loyalty and survivalThe royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather Any magic dangerous is forbidden Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed or perhaps cursed with magic When a vicious attack by Anglion s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown Then Sophia s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power Nicolas Jouin: Ein Beitrag Zur Geschichte Des Jansenismus Und Der Zeit VOR Der Franz�sischen Revolution (Classic Reprint) a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire and a choice between loyalty and survivalThe royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries If a woman of royal blood manifests powers Perekonomian Indonesia she is immediately bound by rites of marriage She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather Any magic dangerous is forbidden Lady Sophia Kendall Das Winterlesebuch thirty second in line to the throne Nachtschwarz (Elfenblüte, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed or perhaps cursed with magic When a vicious attack by Anglion s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos The Legend of Banzai Maguire Sophia is forced to flee the court Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie The Legend of Banzai Maguire a member of the royal guard Deadlands raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown Then Sophia s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would Blinders and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process As a witch unbound by marriage rites Blind Hope (a Sequel to Blinders) Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country Crashed in Oasis but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it Faced with old secrets and new truths BTEC Nationals Sport Student Book 1 + Activebook: For the 2016 specifications (BTEC Nationals Sport 2016) she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power I saw this one on NetGalley and wondered about it, but once I saw my friend Alyssa from The Eater of Books s review for it, I knew I had to read this one, and it didn t disappoint I found the world building fascinating, even if we are left with manyquestions about the history of the kingdoms and why in Anglion there are such restrictions on what kind of magic can be used and by whom It s not that information is simply kept from us, it s that almost no one in the kingdom know the reasons b I saw this one on NetGalley and wondered about it, but once I saw my friend Alyssa from The Eater of Books s review for it, I knew I had to read this one, and it didn t disappoint I found the world building fascinating, even if we are left with manyquestions about the history of the kingdoms and why in Anglion there are such restrictions on what kind of magic can be used and by whom It s not that information is simply kept from us, it s that almost no one in the kingdom know the reasons behind why women can only use earth magic or why they have to be married off as soon as possible after coming into their powers, it just is but I know we ll probably be gettinginformation as the series progresses, and I cannot wait Sophie was a great character, not very keen on simply accepting everything as is, and stubborn enough to trudge along even when she s scared and she doesn t like what s going on She disagrees with the rules of the society she lives in, but she knows that she cannot disobey them too upfront if she wants to keep breathing But she sthan willing to take risks and wants to find a way to control her power and her destiny.Cameron well, he s a very swoony guy after a while, but at first I wasn t 100% keen on him, he just seemed too dismissive and did seem too happy with the status quo and given that it includes women being married off and their powers being used and controlled I was NOT keen on that Their chemistry was quite off the charts as soon as they connected, magically induced at first but once it all progresses we can see that they seem to be a very good match for each other, even if at first it seemslust than anything, but then they start working together as allies to protect each other and to face the threats against Sophie coming from those in power Be warned that this should not be considered YA because there s sex and not the fade to black kind at all The plot could be the weakest part of the book, because we aren t clear on why what s happening is happening or how things are relevant or what are we moving towards in here, but we do have loads of hints and info a few unexpected twists by the end that made me glad it was not what I expected at all The ending was open enough to make me really want to get my hands on the next book soon, but not awfully cliffhangery as to make me pull my hair out, so that s something A very intriguing start for a new fantasy series, one that I ll be sure to keep an eye on and plan to get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible Well deserved 4 stars for this one Reviewed by Rabid ReadsLet me tell you a story, whispers you might have heard it before Once upon a time a princess was widowed young She returned to the palace from her husband s estate, and she took a handsome guard for a lover, b c she was no longer innocent of the ways between a man and a woman It was a secret easily kept, b c outside of the bedroom, Handsome Guard was a stone who presented a disinterested front as implacable as a mountain But in privatewaggles eyebrows Princes Reviewed by Rabid ReadsLet me tell you a story, whispers you might have heard it before Once upon a time a princess was widowed young She returned to the palace from her husband s estate, and she took a handsome guard for a lover, b c she was no longer innocent of the ways between a man and a woman It was a secret easily kept, b c outside of the bedroom, Handsome Guard was a stone who presented a disinterested front as implacable as a mountain But in privatewaggles eyebrows Princess, of course, has ladies in waiting, and her favorite is a young girl from a small country estate Princess dotes on her, refreshed both by Hayseed s wild, unsophisticated ways and her na vet.Stuff happens and tragedy strikes the palace, separating Princess from her two greatest comforts who areas it turns outtogetherWhich is odd, b c Hayseed and Handsome Guard have had almost zero interaction with each other, but when the palace is attacked Hayseed is running an errand for Princess under Handsome Guard s protection, and as much as he longs underneath the rocky outcrops of his exterior to return to his Princess, Hayseed s safety must take priority, and so they flee to the forest through an ever so conveniently located waygate portal in the cellar of place of errand.All that time alone in the woods does strange things to people, even stone like Handsome Guards and wild but na ve Hayseeds.Soon Handsome Guard is admiring how Hayseed is tougher than she looks, and from there it s only a short hop to realizing she s quite fetching, and then Hayseed gets her magic b c turns 21, and apparently that s when it happens , and her magic reacts to Handsome Guard s in a decidedly sexual manner, and OOPS, now they ve done it, and YES, I do mean it Wut you ask, and I agree, that was a rather unnecessary plot twist b c would ve happened anyway, whispers you ve heard this story before, remember , but it took away reason and accountability, so why not And that s basically it Over and over again Lazy plot twists to speed up already inevitable outcomes view spoiler B c really Why have Hayseed and Handsome Guard struggle against their newfound passion and the resulting guilt for a significant portion of the book when you can just have them found out immediately upon returning when Hayseed s bonding to the goddess ceremony doesn t work b c not a virgin any hide spoiler B c it s not the same old tired story that I object to It s not my favorite b c sordid , but it s not the worst either It s the carelessness The heedless way the story plows through crucial steps that make a told and retold story fresh.Then there s the blatant resemblance between Hayseed and Handsome Guard and Nynaeve al Meara and al Lan Mandragoran Don t know who they are Then it won t bother you But if you ve read Robert Jordan s WHEEL OF TIME, it s almost not like greeting old friends It s just as not funny when Hayseed scoffs at the low necklines currently dictated by fashion while simultaneously drawing attention to her assets to provoke a reaction from Handsome Stoneface Guard.Hayseed even puts her waist length brown hair in a plain braid for simplicity s sake while she and Lan Handsome Guard are on the run Doesn t yank on it when she s angry though BUT she does suffer from portal sickness in a manner reminiscent of Nynaeve on a ship Handsome Guard just burns quietly B c hidden depths.And I m done But like I said, if you haven t read WoT, you won t mind the same and not the sameness, and despite being slaves to outside influences the sex is HAWT, so not a total loss Recommended if that sounds like your thing does not judge you if that s your thing Let it be known that if you thought this was a YA Fantasy, turn around now because this is better suited for adult audiences Unless graphic sex scenes don t bother you, then you have nothing to fear well, at least, in that aspect There were many other factors in this book that I thought were farconcerning than what happens between a male thingy and a female thingy.First of all, what the fucking hell was there even a plot in this book It was 300 pages of sex, magic, witches and pse Let it be known that if you thought this was a YA Fantasy, turn around now because this is better suited for adult audiences Unless graphic sex scenes don t bother you, then you have nothing to fear well, at least, in that aspect There were many other factors in this book that I thought were farconcerning than what happens between a male thingy and a female thingy.First of all, what the fucking hell was there even a plot in this book It was 300 pages of sex, magic, witches and pseudo court intrigue and none of the substance those themes call upon It amazed me that so many words were dedicated to almost absolutely nothing, because if there s one thing this book is, it s actually 300 pages of setting up what should have been the first book of the series which is actually the second book I felt like you could cut this book down by a half and you could have a prologue A prologue that isn t bogged down, at least.While I agree that the narrative wasn t bad, the author having a talent considering the words were weaved like a harmonious melody, it was still paced so slow and was full of dragging pages of scenes that wer not only of minor interest, but also of minor relevance Even just a walk to somewhere was dragged unnecessarily I mean, take note I had to skim three pages of details about what people were doing, the appearance of the places, and other things that left me thinking, Are all ofthis even necessary That s not all this pattern was repeated many times Needless to say, I pretty much skipped two dozens of pages when I got to the second half of the book because I just wanted the story to get a bloody move on already.Second, why am I not surprised to find another fantasy where women are treated as prizes, sexual objects, and properties of men It was so disconcerting to see it such a rampant issue here, but none of the women seemed to try to change that at all Even the beloved Princess of the kingdom mentioned it and the solution she said was just to fricking suck it up Men could bed other women, but fuck a woman who was bedded before her wedding night When a witch manifests her powers, the first thing that happens after she dedicates herself to the Goddess is to get married to some Lord and she doesn t even get to bloody pick When she gets bethroted to someone who isn t an old geezer, her first thought is, Thank the Goddess a young man was decided for me Complete with happiness I MEAN, WHAT JUST WHAT So consider me disgusted when before a sex scene, the dude said he was so excited to show her how a man is supposed to be with a woman which of course has to be sexually related How plowing inside her marked her as his HIS HIS PROPERTY It wouldn t have bothered me so much if the characters here actively tried to go against these things, but it felt like it was so commonplace that they merely accepted being treated as such I don t think I ll bother with the sequel.But hey, at least his manfood was called cock and not a rod or heck, a shaft Anyridiculous phallic terminologies and I would lose my shit I liked the story, BUT after 200 pages it started to feel like NOTHING happened nor WILL happen Finally at the end, we got something, but otherwise, it was just slow and suspicion building.As for the relationships.Cam Sophie Some pluses for no keeping secrets view spoiler well, except for Cam sleeping with Eloisa hide spoiler Eloisa Do not trust her at all view spoiler What a surprise Even if she and Cam were ONLY sleeping together Of course, she would be angry that Sophie was ge I liked the story, BUT after 200 pages it started to feel like NOTHING happened nor WILL happen Finally at the end, we got something, but otherwise, it was just slow and suspicion building.As for the relationships.CamSophie Some pluses for no keeping secrets view spoiler well, except for Cam sleeping with Eloisa hide spoiler Eloisa Do not trust her at all view spoiler What a surprise Even if she and Cam were ONLY sleeping together Of course, she would be angry that Sophie was getting him hide spoiler Domina Waste of time She is one big mean lady view spoiler And not even a good enemy or adversary or whatever she s supposed to be hide spoiler So, I think I will read the next book s because I want to know who really is the bad guy