“I do not know how to love you and be a good king to my people.”
From jewelry thief to interloper to queen-in-waiting, Romeria flees Cirilea a traitor to all. But the yawning distance between her and Zander troubles her more than any king’s bounty on her head. While Zander may have escaped by her side, he seeks to regain his throne, and no immortal will ever welcome her as Islor’s queen. She fears it won’t be long before Zander abandons her as everyone else she’s ever loved has.
Zander sacrificed his crown to save Romeria’s life, yet he dreads what her existence means for the future of his realm. As Ybaris’s plan to destroy Islor unfurls, a more insidious threat, orchestrated by rival fates, lurks beneath the surface. He can offer his allies no honest explanation for why he protects the Ybarisan princess and takes counsel from Queen Neilina’s caster, leading those closest to doubt his wisdom—and his allegiance.
As their company aims for the Venhorn Mountains, steered by prophecy, Romeria is desperate to wield her newfound abilities to undo Princess Romeria’s treachery before the kingdom tears itself apart. But with the mortal rebellion swelling, bolstered by the gift of Ybaris’s poison, it may already be too late.
From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker comes the second novel in her Fate and Flame series, an adult fantasy story that should be read in series order.
A Curse of Blood and Stone is the second book in the fantasy romance series, Fate and Flame, and a welcome addition after how book one left things. KA Tucker is a phenomenal author and her writing styles means that the continuity of the story flows easily and readers can smoothly transition from book one to book two.
I really enjoyed revisiting Romeria and Zander. The sexual tension between those two characters left for a lot of sweet back and forth and ‘will they? or won’t they?’ Zander has gone through a lot in his relationships and his suspicion of romantic intentions is justified–no matter how much I just want them to kiss and live happily ever after already. But their journey isn’t over, far from it in fact, and I look forward to seeing how the rest of this series progresses.
As I’ve mentioned previously in my review of book one, A Fate of Wrath and Flame, the world building in this series is complex and intricate, but easy to follow for readers like myself who may not read much fantasy usually.
Overall, another great read by KA Tucker. I would recommend this series to both seasoned and new fantasy romance readers, anyone who enjoys KA Tucker, and any readers wishing to try something new. That being said, definitely start with book one as it is a continuing series and not standalones.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Valentine PR and the author for the arc.
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