Book Review: Shattered Kingdom by Angelina J. Steffort

Reviewed: August 20th, 2022
Released: June 30th, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy

Sworn to a goddess. One with her blade. A heart yet unbroken.

It would have been only one more year of training. One year in the dust and wind of the Calma Desert. But Gandrett Brayton’s fate storms in disguised as a beautiful stranger with a damning secret.

As he forces her into the service of the lord who tore her from her mother’s arms ten years ago to commit her to the Order of Vala, Gandrett is left with a choice: run, or work for the man she despises and earn the chance to see her family again.

Trained with all the weapons she can wield with her hands, Gandrett must learn that at the courts of the shattered kingdom of Sives, her sword won’t help her– especially when it is her own heart on the line.

Helen’s thoughts: 5/5

A great character driven adventure which draws you in and doesn’t release you until the final page.

Gandrett is a wonderful heroine, with many secrets, some even she isn’t aware of, and Nehelon is the fae male who set her on the path she treads even though she doesn’t know it.

Steffert has created some rich and engaging characters, all of whom you empathise with and root for. Innocent Gandrett, raised in isolation and trained to be a elite warrior, knows nothing of love, yet she is forced into a situation where she is surrounded by princes and lords, all of whom are attracted to her, and she to them.

But love is not the purpose of her mission, she is a honed weapon, and there to save an abducted royal and her skills are only the beginning, there is more afoot than abuduction.

Nehelon is the tortured male who is not who he seems, and struggls to balance his actions wiht necessity.

A great start to the series. The action hooks you, and the characters entice you to stay. A very enjoyable read and I look forward to continuing the series.

About the author:

“Chocolate fanatic, milk-foam enthusiast and huge friend of the southern sting-ray. Writing is an unexpected career-path for me.”

Angelina J. Steffort is an Austrian novelist, best known for her Wings Trilogy, a young adult paranormal romance series about the impossible love between a girl and an angel. The bestselling Wings Trilogy has been ranked among calibers such as the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and Lauren Kate’s Fallen, and has been top listed among angel books for teens by bloggers and readers. Her young adult fantasy series Shattered Kingdom is already being compared to Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series by readers and fans.

Angelina has multiple educational backgrounds including engineering, business, music, and acting, and lives in Vienna, Austria with her husband and her son.

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