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Betrayal cuts deep.Peace is unsustainable.Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new governmenBetrayal cuts deep.Peace is unsustainable.Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made....

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crystal blade Reviews

  • Ben Alderson
    2019-05-18 00:59


  • Alyssa
    2019-05-08 22:45

    Huh. A trilogy. But the ending of Burning Glass was perfect! A wonderful balance of open-ended and resolved story. I hate to say this, but the fact that there are two books to follow Burning Glass kind of worries me! D:

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    2019-05-18 23:49

    Damn that was good! The wait for book 3 is going to suck!!!! This was a killer book 2 no middle book syndrome here!

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    2019-04-29 23:50

    May 2nd -> August 15th =/ another one bites the dust, another one bites dust ---Unlike some, I actually did like Burning Glass. However, as I said in my review of that book, I am not sure it really needed a sequel. Like sure there were some under answered questions, but not enough where I felt it really warranted another book (let alone two more books). I can only hope this book adds more depth rather than just more length. Fingers crossed.

  • Kathryn Purdie
    2019-05-01 21:39

    Check out my pre-order incentive for CRYSTAL BLADE on www.kathrynpurdie.comPre-order by August 15, 2017 and claim a fully-colored map of the BURNING GLASS world, a signed bookplate, a free download of the song I recorded, and a bookmark.

  • Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛
    2019-05-18 00:06

    -POTENTIAL SPOILERS- *MY SECOND WORST BOOK OF 2017.* A lot of my older followers may remember my review of Burning Glass, a book that I lovingly labeled the third worst book that I read last year. However, in spite of everything I said about it, I was still looking forward to its sequel. After all, I praised the setting of the first book numerous times, so even if the second book was bad or even underwhelming, I would still be able to get sucked into some beautiful Ukrainian culture and landscapes. And they even changed the blurb to make it make more sense! What could possibly be wrong with this book? If you can believe it, I think this book might be even worse than Burning Glass. I'm serious, I think I found a serious candidate for my Worst Books of 2017 list. However, it's not for the reasons you're probably thinking it is. First of all, I read Burning Glass back in the summer, last summer. So the length of time I waited inbetween books probably had something to do with my entertainment factor: I couldn't remember what anybody looked like!! Did Sonya have blonde hair? I don't care, I pictured her as having such anyway. And none of the reviews I read were helpful in the slightest. It seems nobody wanted to give this book a try after Burning Glass, so I pretty much went into this book entirely on my own. Speaking of Sonya, let's talk about her first. In the first book, I praised how interesting she was, how she always seemed to be teetering on the edge of insanity and sanity. Everyone said that she's really dark and uncontrollable in this book, so naturally I was looking forward to seeing how she developed. .....She didn't. I actually think she remained stagnant. She wasn't even debating with herself to keep herself sane. She didn't have any breakdowns like in the first book. While I would've been fine with this if the book explained she had regained more control of her powers and thus was more mentally stable, the book, of course, does not do that. So one of the most interesting characters, in my opinion, has been turned into a blank and emotionless.....being. This problem extended to many of the characters, however. I could tell the author was trying her hardest to make everyone seem super twisted and sick in the head, even people like Anton, but it really wasn't working. Maybe it was just me, but the emotional center of this book seemed very dead. Important, dramatic scenes were just rushed through, like the death of a central character and the revelation of the royal family. The other thing I praised in my first review was the setting. I liked the unique setting of Imperial Ukraine and went into this book thinking I was going to get more of that. Surprise! I did not. The worldbuilding felt very clumsy in this book, like a war betweenChina TurkeyShengeli is mentioned several times, especially near the end, but I don't remember it being set up in the first book? Yet here it's treated like a big deal? I don't care enough since the author didn't care enough to actually introduce us to Shengeli. Why are they are war with Riazin? What do they have to gain from this? However, I did like the brief time spent with the Romska caravan. I liked seeing their traditions and I liked the reveal of who Sonya's parents were and how she came to be part of the Romska. I also really liked Dasha's character and I hope she plays a part in the last book. And now I will end this review by complaining about the cover yet again. Seriously, this and Burning Glass have some of the ugliest covers I have ever seen. It took me half a year to realize Burning Glass' cover was a broken sapphire necklace. This is modeled after Sonya's Romska blades, which are crystal daggers that are good for throwing....crystal blades....get it?? Overall....this was just a forgettable, emotionless mess that I regret reading. Perhaps it's just me, but the entertainment of the first book has been sucked out and replaced with a whole lot of nothing. Even filler books have more relevance than this does. And I sure hope I put in as much effort into this review as this author put into writing this book.

  • Silvia
    2019-04-29 16:38

    “‘I wish I could bare your suffering.’ His baritone voice attempting to whisper. ‘You’re always forced to hold everyone else’s.’”OH MY GOD!!!!!!! I AM INTERNALLY FREAKING OUT AND HYPERVENTILATING AND I NEED TO PROCESS EVERYTHING THAT JUST HAPPENED!!Wow, I am so shocked, amazed, surprised, scared, and still dying inside. THAT ENDING THOOOOO!!!!This book had so much action from page 1, it was insane. So you might argue that Sonya’s character has drastically changed in the second book, but I’d like to point out that she’s learning — or at least trying to learn— to control her powers which have enhanced since the beginning of the first book, Burning Glass. In this book, Sonya is really struggling to just be herself because other people’s auras swallow up hers’. She can’t control it and that causes her to make some very bad and dangerous decisions, but you know, when you can’t even just be yourself and make your own decisions, you can’t really blame yourself. She’s getting angry cuz she played such a massive role in the revolution, but all the governors keep putting her to the side. So, at one point she’s like “I’m sick of people telling me what to do. I’m going to make my own decisions, and you guys are just going to have to go with it.” Now that is massive character change. But there’re reasons for it, so it’s fine. Sonya’s grown so much, and I was rooting for her the entire time. She was so scared of becoming a villain and a monster, which made me happy, not because I wanted her to become a monster, obviously, but because she was actually concerned and aware of the consequences if she didn’t do something. UHH ANTON! Wow okay, I love him so much. But I wish he would’ve involved Sonya a bit more in the politics and stuff. He’s so protective of her and so scared he’s going to lose her because all he wishes for is to have people that care and love him. The amount of plot twists in this book was ohmygod, so you know, still dying even after I finished reading it. I need book three, this series is making me go crazy and I don’t want it to end! It just keeps getting better and better. Wow, Burning Glass burned me up so bad that I didn’t know what to read after an entire month because nothing would compare; Crystal Blade has me with so many feelings that it’s just spiraling me into madness. God knows what the third book will be like! I NEED IT NOW. P.S. Plz send help.

  • YA and Wine
    2019-04-22 20:43

    I'm a huge fan of BURNING GLASS. I adored the plot, the romance, and the incredible dynamic between Sonya, Anton, and Valko. But for me, CRYSTAL BLADE was even better. Kathryn Purdie has taken all the brilliant elements from the first book and really elevated them in this second installment in the series.The plot throughout the story is riveting. Every single chapter includes at least one jaw-dropping moment that left me hopelessly addicted to the story. I could not put it down. The tension and stakes only increase as the story progresses, and I was in knots by the time it reached its epic conclusion.I adore the three main characters of this series. Despite her knack for landing herself in sticky situations, Sonya exhibits such tremendous mental strength and has such love for her people and country. Anton is oh-so-swoony, yet the relationship between him and Sonya is still so complicated and fraught with romantic tension. And I absolutely adore the dynamic that Kathryn has created between Sonya and Valko. It is unique, intense, and absolutely intriguing. I cannot wait to find out what happens between the three of them in the final book in this stunning series.There are also some surprise characters from BURNING GLASS who made an appearance in CRYSTAL BLADE and proved to be so much more than what I originally thought them to be in book one.The ending of this book is extraordinary. The entire plot built up perfectly to this mind-blowing conclusion that left me on the edge of my seat and so anxious to read the next book.

  • Heather
    2019-05-14 21:08

    Review coming...

  • Megan Olguin
    2019-05-14 20:53

    Well... damn.Cliffhanger.

  • Shaphir
    2019-05-19 18:02

    I already knew there was was going to be a cliff-hanger at the end (sorry, if you didn't know, now you do), but I wasn't expecting that ending! I mean, WHAT?! That did not just happen. Please don't let it be true. (It happened) I really need the next book to come out, like, NOW. From what I can remember, I'm pretty sure there are way more plot twists in this book than the first book, which is good! I quite enjoyed reading this and I can't wait for 2018!!

  • Jolene Perry
    2019-05-01 16:49

    I am notorious for dis-liking the middle of a trilogy, but I really loved this.There was fab growth with the MC, but I can see how she's going to have to change and stretch herself even further in the next book.The ending left me reeling in the best possible way.I'm not a huge fantasy reader, but I LOVE this series SO much.

  • Joanne
    2019-05-12 23:54

    Quite similar to the first in writing style but different in pace as this sequel was a lot quicker and had a load more action! It starts off a few weeks after the shocking events in Burning Glass as we see the aftermath on Riaznin and its people.Sonya becomes a bit less likeable in this book I think (she does some shocking stuff but kind of in character with what she did in the first book) and we see less of the emperor (and he his one of my favourite characters!). Some massive relevations occur at the end and I didn't see some of them coming - it's definitely picking up in action and drama for the last book!I just found the writing to be a bit plain and not very descriptive when drawing out certain scenes a bit more was needed. But the story is brilliant and he last page leaves a lot if questions! Can't wait to see what happens in the last of this trilogy.

  • Erin Arkin
    2019-04-29 21:41

    3.5 stars...Review to come

  • Sheila {}
    2019-05-19 00:54

    *Review for book 1 in series: Burning Glass. DNFing series.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-22 00:00

    2.5/5 starsI think I just read these books too far apart and the plot line and characters faded from my memory and for most of the book I was trying to understand it. It got pretty interesting at some parts though, and I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • lebedeva
    2019-04-21 21:50

    This is the end of you and me. I'm currently on board of a drowning ship it's been real byeAs I said before, this book was one of my most anticipated books for this year. It was a totally crazy roller-coaster of emotions.When I was reading this I felt like I'm attached to Valko's galloping horse, observing this wild adventure with no control over anything. Lmao that description makes no sense okay moving onStoryI really liked the writing and the story overall, it just feel fluid ? It felt good, I enjoyed it very much.My favorite moments in the book were Valko's trail (so amazing ! I loved it !) and later when all three of them went their separate ways for a time. I feel like they really needed a break from each other and it also left me wondering how the story will progress.The ending. Hmm. It was definitely a grand, emotional finale full of twists and surprises. Can't wait to read the next book.SonyaSonya seemed quite tame, unsure and timid in the first book. Although there were times when her behavior or decisions annoyed me, I still like her much more in this book.In this sequel she is much more confident, already aware of her power and abilities.Even though he knows Valko is truly despicable, she feels connection to him and tries to understand him.Sonya is complicated, she's definitely not entirely good. She had her dark moments.Now there's that thing other readers will admire and appreciate her for, for me it's something boring, generic that I didn't like.Sometimes when I read ya books, there are these heroines that are drawn to darkness and evil but they never really give in. Guess what. I want to see that. Be that villainess. Join the dark side.She has such an amazing, rare power and wants to give it up.ValkoValko is not that misunderstood alluring bad boy. Don't make a mistake of romanticizing him. He is literally the worst human garbage. And somehow I love him more than anything.He was the reason I couldn't stop reading. He's an absolutely fascinating character. He's complex, unpredictable, cunning, manipulative piece of shit.RomanceThere's actually nothing to write about in this section. I wish there was no romance in this series.Sonya and Anton have as much chemistry as me and a math textbook. Anton has a personality of a paper clip.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-17 16:46

    I enjoyed Burning Glass a lot, but I loved Crystal Blade even more! Kathryn Purdie's writing, while fantastic in the first book, has gotten even better. I adore her writing style so much.I really liked Sonya's growth as a character in this book. As she learned to use her Auraseer powers, I didn't always like her choices, some even shocked me into anger, but seeing her learn from her experiences and try to become better made her so likable.All of the twists and surprises were so well placed and made the book that much more fun to read. And while I had guessed at the surprise reveal at the end, the way it played out was so well done!One of my favorite things about this series is that it's showing what happens after the revolution. So many books lead up to the revolution, and then as soon as it happens it ends and we are left wondering what happens next? A government is not just overthrown in one day, leaving everything fine and dandy. I love that Kathryn Purdie has chosen to let us see how things are being handled after the revolution - the tension between the upper and lower classes, the different people vying for leadership, the turmoil across not just their own country, but others who are hoping to take advantage of the precarious situation. It is so fascinating. And now, I wait for the third and final book to be released...

  • Jschofi4
    2019-04-29 18:55

    Dynamic second in series. VOYA reviewed.

  • Breanna
    2019-05-18 18:44

    I need this so badly

  • Shelly Brown
    2019-05-10 20:39

    Purdie is so clever and her stories so gripping. Love!

  • Clara
    2019-04-28 16:49

    while I did think this was better than the first one, i still had issues with it.I won't spoil anything for potential readers but basically she made some really avoidable bad desicions. you will understand if u decide to read it.Small rant:Also there is a whole thing that killing is wrong and then a chapter or so later, it's okay ok? so saving your loved ones is wrong but it's ok to kill to save thousands?End rant.I think this book though had a pretty strong start but a little over halfway, I started thinking "why?" and struggled through the rest of it. Idk I'm not sure I will bother finishing the series but I still want to try and give it a chance bc I don't hate the books, I just feel like there is all this potential for it but it doesn't meet my expectations.granted, I do believe many ppl would enjoy these books. I'm certain of it. Maybe im just not the right audience for it despite loving the genre. I guess my biggest issue is with Sonya bc I like the other characters very much. anyway, I give it a 3/5 bc the book wasn't terrible but there were just some things that made me do a whole face palm and wonder why this or that happens. there were just things in this I didn't understand why it shifts so much and changes it's mind. I'm not sure what the author was going for.I leave it completely up to u. I say if you really enjoyed the first book, I'm sure you will like this one. I do think it was better overall. The pacing was much better, I just struggled with Sonya and the whole changing opinions on things so suddenly in the book and it made no sense to me.

  • Kate
    2019-04-29 20:38

    4-4.5/5 starsSo...I definitely did not enjoy this nearly as much as Burning Glass. To begin with, even though this book is shorter than BG, it had a very slow pace, and at times was quite dull. However, I think a big part if that, was because the situation in Ravkin was so different, the story had a much different feel. I didn't like Sonya's character growth in this one, and I really didn't like how protective and constricting Anton became in their relationship. Yes, I understand his reasoning, but still. Also, I quickly grew weary of the plotline with Valko. Just when we think he's gone for good, he shows up again. I feel like the author is tiring that essence of the plot. And then he escapes at the end again! I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. Part of me was like, whaaa, and the other part was like, naaaa! It was surprising and heartbreaking. I just really need the 3rd book, so I can know what happens next! (Also did anyone else think Nadia's return was a little unbelievable and forced?) Despite all this, I still enjoyed this story, and I'm excited to continue the series!

  • Jan farnworth
    2019-05-16 18:01

    If you read book one and fell in love with this series like i did you will eagerly devour book two. I was worried that it been to long since i read burning glass and it would be hard to get back into the story without a re read. Nope it was not i devoured i mean really devoured this book in two days. It would of been one but ya know life. I love how we are swept in the action of this series and it really felt like i had not been gone from the story at all. I love sonya she a strong character that is really special. This story is great in the fact that as you read along you discover little secrets and then as you get to the end and think that all their is, Wham your hit with several that you did not see coming. The ending is killer so if your not a fan of cliff hangers just wait tell you have book three in hand cause it gonna kill you. Excellent read well worth waiting for and i know the author will not disappoint us with what up next.

  • Unicorn
    2019-05-13 00:02

    The novels written today are very over rated. Because of that, wonderful novels such as the burning glass triology are overlooked and unappreciated. I love the character developments and just how relatable sonya is. Yes, not all of us are auraseers who are hunted down for their abilities, but we all make mistakes. Sonya’s mistake was falling for both brothers in the beginning. Then, convincing the Duma to lift valko’s death sentence, then letting Bartek take Nadia instead of killing him. The thing is, Sonya is not perfect unlike the heroines in every story out there nowadays. People make mistakes and they are not perfect. I wish writers would create more characters like Sonya who are flawed because that “perfectness” is so unrealistic. Which again makes me appreciate Kathryn Purdie’s amazing writing skills. Although Sonya is a gifted being, she is relatable and the manner in which she takes action are relatable as well.

  • Jessica Patterson
    2019-04-26 00:08

    It's difficult to rate this book. For most of the book I found myself telling my friends that it got so close to being what I wanted it to be. I ached for this book to have Sonya become the powerful character I knew she could be. Too often she fell into the familiar love torn female, making me wish I hadn't picked up the book at all. However, Purdie pulled me back in right when I wanted to quit most with some really badass parts. As Sonya continues to wrestle with the darker sides of her, I get all the more excited.The ending of the book was excellent, and that's why I have every intention of finishing this trilogy. Hopefully Sonya reaches her full potential in this final book!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-04 20:07

    Crystal Blade jumps in where Burning Glass left off - at least for me, the writing was much easier to dive into than the first book. We instantly fall back into synch with Sonya and Anton, but the issues and circumstances that arise are impossible to predict or imagine a solution to. For the first half of this book it felt like a lot of filler, a placeholder book leading up to the third. However, the last quarter of this book is action-packed and filled with revelations that seriously left me gasping in surprise. Just like the first book, I have no idea what future lies for Sonya and these characters, but I can't wait to find out.

  • Big
    2019-04-30 21:56

    I have to say, it was difficult to find a saving grace in Sonya while reading this book, much less a reason to like her. When someone from her not so far off past mets out a little justice, I was glad. I hope she finds some way to redeem herself in the next book because as it stands the only man she does deserve is Valko. It is going to be interesting to see what is going to happen with their country at well with so much going on.Liked the book, couldn't stand power drunk Sonya.

  • Cameran
    2019-05-12 00:44

    3.5 out of 5 stars. A pretty successful sequel, if I might say so. It's not as large as its predecessor; it felt more focused on the birth of a democracy from imperialism, and the struggles that come with trying to force freedoms on a nation. Sonya's power and history are explored as well. Much more action and a very interesting set-up for the final book of the series. Just don't expect Sonya's decision making to be improved upon in this book...because it's not.

  • lexxie rae
    2019-04-28 23:01

    i need the next book NOW y’all. the only thing i dislike about it is the times when sonya is immature. i get that she’s only 17 or 18, but she was raised to grow up too quickly and went through a lot at a you g age, so i feel like she should handle certain things differently (then again i’m 20 so i’m biased). once again, a great read from kathryn.