Genres: Young Adult, Adult, Fantasy Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: May 9, 2017
POV: third POV
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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The Queen and The Cure is a part of a series but can be read as a complete standalone written exquisitely by Amy Harmon. While you won’t have a problem reading this without devouring the first book, it will be best to read The Bird and The Sword before jumping in this story. Both follow the different couple in interconnected stories.
What is the story about?
This book follows Kjell of Jeru which is a gifted soldier as a healer, a warrior and the older brother of Tiras, the king of Jeru. He is a cold man who trusts nobody but himself. Everyone fears him and avoids him whenever they can. In a mission to hunt and kill the Volgar (a bird creature hybrid that is dwindling in size) that harms every creature born with blood, he meets and heals a dying woman named Sasha that was deemed by locals as a witch that brought the illness in the village she lives.
“Come to me, and I will try to love you. I will try to love you, if you but come back.”
Moved to the unknown power within him, he decides to heal her. Same with him, she is a gifted woman. She can see and predict the future. She was pushed off of a cliff to death by the locals who believe her gift was what brought troubles in their little village. After he heals her, she refuses to leave him and voices her devotion by faithfully being by his side. Together they had the greatest adventure and discovered many things that brought them both closer.
“He hated it and loved it. He wished her quiet and prayed she would never stop talking. She made him both jubilant and miserable, and he found himself waiting with irritation and anticipation each night for the moment the men gathered and looked at her with pleading eyes and she acquiesced, telling them stories like they were children around her knees.”
I don’t read many fantasy books these days but Amy Harmon’s writing can turn even a non-fantasy readers to be a huge fan of her writing itself. It is FLAWLESS. It is like an art—poetic yet poignant and beautiful that flows smoothly. Often times poetic writing tends to bore me especially when it becomes too wordy and repetitive but it is not the case at all. It hooked me from the very first page, held me my attention during, and fed my curiosity until the last page without me even realizing I was reading it. This is easily a five-star book based on the writing itself.
“You are kind,” she whispered.
“I’m not kind.”
“And you are good,” she said, repeating the lines they’d exchanged once before.
“I am not good.” He felt like weeping. He was not good. He was not generous. He was not courageous or compassionate.
He simply loved her.
And love made him a better man.
That was all.
The twists and turns that Amy Harmon provided captivated and consumed me like no other. Sometimes I felt like I needed a little break from all these secrets and revelations. They were interesting and shocking at the same time. After reading a lot of stories, I thought I’d developed a very good skill in guessing what was coming, which had been proved correct most of the time. However, this story blew me away and my anticipation had never been higher. I was IN the story—living and experiencing it myself with her.
All the characters were well-thought and maintained. Each of them had the moments to shine which gave readers the time to get to know them and connect with their stories. They had their own voices and uniqueness in the way they talked, thought, and acted. The brotherhood, friendship, loyalty, and kindness that these characters portrayed made the story worth reading.
“Are you sure you aren’t Gifted, Lieutenant?” Kjell murmured, waiting for the gate to rise. “You have an uncanny way of reading my mind.”
“No Captain. I am not gifted. I am just your friend.”
Please don’t read the following if you don’t want any spoiler.
What took me away from this story was the decisions the main female character did. As much as I enjoyed the turns and twists, some things did not sit well with me. After four years, Sasha decided to get back to her husband when she knew she was, in fact, a queen and a wife. My brain refused to accept the fact that she chose to get back to be a dutiful wife to her husband she hadn’t remembered for four years after what she and Kjell had been through. It made all their (Sasha & Kjell) romantic experiences along with their deep connection portrayed before felt not authentic.
Moreover, the ending did not provide the closure I had hoped it would and it felt rushed. The pregnancy thing made me question everything and felt not right since the author did not explain what kind of relationship Sasha had with her husband. I would have liked this topic to be more covered in order to avoid a misunderstanding. It was weird for me to know that she had been pregnant with Kjell’s child all the time when she was with another man.
I hope my review will not discourage you from giving this book a try. The writing is perfect and definitely the selling point for me. I recommend The Queen and The Cure to those who love a well-written, fantasy romance. Trust me, you will fall in love with Amy Harmon’s writing.
“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.”