Friday, February 25, 2022

BLADE OF ASH and SHIELD OF SHADOW by C.F.E. Black, Reviewed by Kim


(The Prequel Novella) - SHIELD OF SHADOW
What a great start to the Scepter and Crown series by C.F.E Black. Shield of Shadow is the prequel novella to Blade of Ash. I am so glad I read this story because it really sets you up for Blade of Ash by telling Aly’s story of how she came to be the Master Sorcerer for the King. I was totally sucked into this world and the lives of these characters! I loved Aly and Grey and their relationship. I’m really looking forward to reading Blade of Ash to find out what happens to Aly next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this story from the author. All opinions are my own. Join the author's newsletter at to get this prequel!)

Blade of Ash is the first book in C.F.E. Black’s new series, Scepter and Crown. While I don’t think reading the prequel novella, Shield of Shadow, is absolutely necessary to fully understand this story, I highly recommend doing so because it explains Aly’s past, how she came to be the King’s Sorcerer, Grey is in it (he’s one of my favorite characters and I would LOVE to see him get his own story!) and it’s just a really good novella!
I loved both Aly and Red and how their relationship grew throughout this story. I’m normally not a fan of enemies to more, but this one was so good and it made complete sense to me as to why Red would not be Aly’s biggest fan at first. I can’t say much about the actual
story because I do not want to head into spoiler territory, but I will say I loved the pace, adventure, world, and the action in this story. I also loved the Christian message of good and truth.
I highly recommend this YA fantasy novel that Ms. black has created! I can’t wait for book 2 to see what happens next! Also, the prequel novella is available free right now by subscribing to Ms. Black’s newsletter.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I also
Purchased a copy. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light, but allegorically throughout.

BLADE OF ASH - BackCover Blurb:
A cursed king. A hunted sorceress. Their only hope for survival is each other.
Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father's murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king.
Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening.
A powerful enemy twisted by dark magic wants them both dead.
When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly's in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.
Packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns,
Blade of Ash is the first in a new, YA epic fantasy series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard, Margaret Rogerson, and Sarah K. L. Wilson. If you like clean enemies-to-lovers romance, female bodyguards, and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes, check out Blade of Ash.

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