Blade Breaker (Realm Breaker #2)

 
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Blade Breaker (Realm Breaker #2)
Age Range
13+
Release Date
June 28, 2022
ISBN
978-0062872661
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In the sequel to Victoria Aveyard’s New York Times bestselling Realm Breaker, a divided world must rally, an unstoppable enemy must be defeated, and the fate of the world rests on a blade’s edge.
Andry, a former squire, continues to fight for hope amid blood and chaos.

Dom, a grieving immortal, strives to fulfill a broken oath.

Sorasa, an outcast assassin, faces her past when it returns with sharpened teeth.

Valtik, an old sorceress, summons a mighty power.

And Corayne, a pirate’s daughter with an ancient magic in her blood, steps closer to becoming the hero she’s destined to be.

Together they must assemble an army to face Queen Erida and Taristan’s wicked forces. But something deadly waits in the shadows, something that might consume the world before there’s any hope for victory.

The next installment in Victoria Aveyard’s New York Times bestselling Realm Breaker series ­features more breathless action, deadly twists, and gripping magic that makes this series perfect for fans of Garth Nix and JRR Tolkien.

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Continue the Epic Journey
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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What Worked: Blade Breaker continues as an epic high fantasy fit for those who enjoy the world-building and the journey as much as the eventual destination. The book continues to be told from the alternating perspective of at least one person on all sides involved. In this clash of good vs. evil, the winner gets to take the entire Ward. In this way, we can’t completely hate the “bad guys” because we can see their flaws and their trauma and reasoning that led to the side they have chosen.
Queen Erida was raised on the glory of old stories that her kingdom was made of conquerors. She married Taristan amid dreams of seizing everything and glories in their easy wins. She was so afraid of losing her power to a male counterpart that he was the only solution to finding someone with the right bloodline that needs her power to remain intact. It is interesting to see that her methods unnerve her court and that they may eventually not be able to support her in this quest for world domination. Her relationship with Taristan is smoldering and intense and definitely a page-turner. It actually makes me mad that I enjoy their scenes and evolving relationship when they are the bad guys. Erida’s character turned out so different than I expected and I share Andry’s dismay at her betrayal of the realm.
Sorasa and Domacridhan’s relationship continues to be my favorite and the most fun by far. They spend their days insulting each other. Dom only thinks the worst of her, yet does not see the gradual change of her evolving into a more noble and loyal person on this quest. He surprises even himself when Sorasa’s spirit is laid low when she is faced with betraying all her hopes and dreams or betraying her newfound companions and he cares deeply that she is suffering.
There were several confrontations during their journey where our characters were faced with situations where they had to let go of their old lives and attachments to continue to forge themselves into a group capable of saving the Ward. These scenes gave heart to otherwise slower passages as they journeyed across the realm.
What Left Me Wanting More: I mostly used an audiobook for this story. The reader does a good job of giving the story a regal and epic feeling of a mythical realm. I do think with so many alternating character perspectives a few more people involved in being the voice of the characters would have helped bring this tale to life. There are only so many changes of voices for 6 characters to still sound different and some are better done than others.
Final Verdict: As expected in book two of a trilogy, some things are resolved and some things have only gotten worse. It is up to you as the reader to have faith that everything will work out in the third book; we just have to see how it all unfolds. I can’t wait to see if Andry and Corayne will ever give into their feelings for each other as well as Sorasa and Dom. I also wonder if Erida will be stopped or is capable of seeing the errors of her ways and ever willing to help stop the evil god in another realm waiting to be released on the Ward.

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What will spill forth from the next spindle?
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4.7
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Characters
 
4.0
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5.0
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I Liked: Blade Breaker picks up where we left off in Realm Breaker, a continued battle to save the world from Coryane's uncle and his power-hungry bride. The tension that leaps off the page made for an epic page-turner. The creativeness of the monsters that escape from the spindles makes for an unforgettable read. Also, if you did not know, this book's story is not done. Oh no, there is more to come.
Final verdict:
Blade Breaker is the emotional sequel to Realm Breaker. The tale of two has the power to open spindles, allowing banished beings to re-enter the world and wreak havoc. The book is filled with high stakes, political tensions, romance, a quest, and a cast of characters that are hard to forget. A cliffhanger to keep you hanging tell book three comes out.
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