Review From User :
If you've read 'The Bird and the Sword', then you absolutely must read 'The Queen and the Cure'. If you haven't gotten around to reading 'The Bird and the Sword', then what are you waiting for This series is phenomenal!
Every time that I read an Amy Harmon book, I lose myself. I know that everything else is going to take a back seat and I am going to check entirely out of real life and into the fictional world that she's crafted. For that reason, I often put off her books for a time when I know I can afford to be so utterly consumed. I do not pick up her books during the work week or I'd end up playing sick and shirking my responsibilities.
This book tells the story of Kjell of Jeru, the half-brother of Tiras, and Sasha, a healer/slave. Surprisingly, Tiras and Lark play only a minor background role in this story. While that was a bit disappointing to me initially, in no time at all I couldn't have cared less. I was so lost in this story that I was like "Tiras and Lark who".
Kjell is sent out on a mission to track down and destroy the remaining Volgar. He's a fierce warrior and not prone to emotional reactions. Yet, he is admirable in so many ways. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and lives by his own code of honor.
When Kjell first encounters Sasha, she is in dire danger. She has been sentenced to die a cruel death, being cast off a cliff by the village she tried to help. A slave, she was valuable for her special abilities until her visions of what was to come led the villagers to turn on her.
After saving Sasha, Kjell has no interest in having anything to do with her. However, the slave girl is persistent. She believes that she now belongs to him and is determined to repay his kindness. Ultimately, Kjell reluctantly agrees to allow her to accompany him and his men on their journey.
The relationship between Kjell and Sasha evolves slowly. They form a tentative friendship, which gradually becomes more. Amidst a backdrop of war and suffering, their romance blooms in stark contrast.
Meanwhile, it is becoming apparent that there is more to Sasha than either her or Kjell ever realized. Memories long oppressed, begin to resurface for Sasha. The cryptic commentary of supporting characters further steels the feeling that a big twist awaits.
Just as Kjell and Sasha find blissful happiness, the other shoe drops. Sasha's past is revealed to her, as is her larger purpose. It changes everything. It was like a swift kick in the gut. I was absolutely wrecked.
This book was everything that I have come to expect from an Amy Harmon book. The writing was exquisite. The listening experience was completely immersive and the characters were beautifully flawed. I ran the full gamut of emotions while listening to this book. I was thrilled, overjoyed, heartbroken and then healed.
I don't want to give too much away, because it is a story that deserves to be experienced. I will just say that it was absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend this series to readers that like a little romance mixed in with their paranormal/fantasy picks. It was exactly what I needed!
“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.”
Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.
But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.
Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.