An empty crown. A perilous journey.
Will she answer when darkness calls?
Against all odds, Roh survived the harrowing Queen’s Tournament, but now something far deadlier awaits her: a formidable quest for the three magic birthstones of Saddoriel.
The gems have been scattered across the realms – and only when Roh retrieves them can she take her place as queen. But surrounded by hostile companions and tormented by the dangerous secret she carries, Roh begins to realise that the pursuit of power may prove more destructive than she ever imagined.
Nothing can prepare her for the nightmares that fester in the shadows of Akoris, a fanatical cyren territory, or the twisted games of its cunning leader…
Can Roh win the first birthstone without sacrificing everything she holds dear – and without losing herself?
Packed with heart-pounding action and layers of intrigue, With Dagger and Song is the second epic instalment in Helen Scheuerer’s Curse of the Cyren Queen quartet.
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I want to thank the author for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
I really enjoyed this book, the author has done an exceptional job to take an already fantastic plot to another level and I confess that I might enjoy this sequel even more than the first book, both are great, though. I really appreciate being able to see even greater growth and development of the characters, especially Roh, the plot also continues to be super dynamic and I loved the world-building which this time I feel is an even stronger point, with a lot of attention to detail. An incredible job!
In this installment, we continue following Roh, who against all odds has survived the Queen’s Tournament. But now, another dangerous quest awaits, a journey she must undertake with her allies to obtain the three magic birthstones of Saddoriel. Haunted by terrible secrets, Roh begins to realize that the power she so desires could be far more destructive than she ever imagined.
Of course, being a sequel I must always be very careful not to give too much information, even so, I’ll allow myself to touch on some points that I think are amazing and tell you how I felt about this great sequel.
This book itself is much more ambitious even than the previous book, and I think it works even a little better since I, as a reader, already know the world, its politics, and how it works, so immersing myself in this adventure again has been more simple and more enjoyable. This book is also full of action scenes, which also has the first book, and I think I’m always saying the same thing about this author, is just great, and, in general, I don’t usually enjoy action scenes, I like them to be fast and not with too many details, I guess I just don’t care lol, but with this author, I read and enjoy every second. I really can’t recommend her books enough (go and check out Heart of Mist, as well, you won’t regret it!).
As I mentioned before, the growth of the characters is something I always appreciate in my books, so finding this factor has been great, not only Roh continues to develop her character, but this time we have a more personal approach to the secondary characters, as well, especially now that there begin to be many cracks and tense situations within Roh’s crew, that’s where we see the best development of these characters and there are conflicts that open several possible paths, among these: betrayal? REALLY GOOD!
Another thing I would like to point out about this is just Roh as the main character, I love that we can follow someone who’s so grey in many aspects of her personality morally, I think she’s a kind of character whose reactions are unexpected and all past situations that we already know a little bit in the first book torments her and has created a lot of her character. I think she’s not the typical heroine, and that’s very entertaining to read.
This story itself also has many characteristics that make it an epic dark fantasy, not only because of the setting, which in my opinion is brilliant and super well detailed especially in this book but also because of the characters and the tone of the writing even makes it seem mysterious. All the time it gives you that vibe that anything could happen, and that hand in hand with the betrayals, lies, secrets, and morally gray characters, is a combination for solid plot twists and breathtaking scenes.
The ending was great, I really liked it! I can’t wait to continue reading this story, really guys, I highly recommend it, the author is wonderful, super talented, so I hope you decide to give a chance to any of her books, at this point I’ve read them all and I can recommend them very confidently because I know you’ll love them. Within the fantasy genre, I think she is one of the most original and addictive authors to read.
Curse of the Cyren Queen is a series that promises to be amazing, so far with these two books that have already been released I can feel that it will only get better and better, so don’t waste your time and run out and get these books to devour them, I know you’ll love them! This is a story full of twists and turns, revelations, intriguing and dark characters, and a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat. Not to mention that the setting is so original! PS: I had to raise my rating while I was writing this because I remembered how much I enjoyed it! lol
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