Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday! This week Angela recommends:
The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon
This book. I’m not even sure how to review it because nothing I say could possibly come close to describing how utterly enchanting it was. The second book, in what I desperately hope is an ongoing series, brings readers back to Jeru and introduces Kjell to the woman who will change his life forever. For those of you who have read The Bird and the Sword, and if you haven’t you simply must go one-click right now, you are familiar with this world of Tellers, Healers, Spinners, and Changers. It’s complex and lush and terrible and vibrant and gorgeous and I will simply be devastated if this author doesn’t keep this series alive.
I’m not going to do a full review, instead I’m gong to give you a few of my favorite quotes and let you experience this author’s words for yourselves.
How it begins. With Kjell coming across a broken Sasha who needs healing.
“Come to me, and I will try to love you. I will try to love you, if you but come back.”
Kjell and Sasha are star-crossed lovers, brought together by fate. But he fights it, until he just can’t anymore.
Then her lips parted slightly and she inhaled, drawing his heart from his chest, out his captive lips, and into her lungs. It was in that moment that he lost his grip on denial and plummeted into the warm abyss of acceptance.
Oh, guys, how they love each other.
There were no secrets, no sorrows, nothing hidden, nothing lost. They saw not what would be or what had been, but only what was. She saw him. He saw her. And they saw nothing else.
But their love is hard because of things I won’t spoil for you, but trust me when I say my heart ached for them. Yet the beauty of their passion and dedication for each other left me sighing.
“The day I healed her, I gave myself to her. And I made her a promise. Just ten days ago, before all of Jeru, I pledged myself to her. Everything has changed. But nothing has changed for me. And I am going with her.”
Kjell is the best of romantic heroes. I adored him.
“It was not your face I fell in love with. It was not your great, sad eyes or your soft mouth, or the gold flecks on your skin or the shape of your body.” His heart quaked and his stomach tightened, acknowledging that he relished those things too. “I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch.”
“I saw you,” she whispered, her body quaking and her fingers caressing his face. Kjell leaned in, filling his hands with her hair and his mouth with her kiss.
“I saw you,” he said against her lips. “And I never looked away.
Happy sigh. Seriously, go one-click, you won’t regret it.