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A Touch of Stone and Snow Review to comeARC provided by publisher I dove into A Touch of Stone and Snow as soon as I finished A Heart of Blood and Ashes Lizzan and Aerax grew up together on Koth and were sweathearts until Lizzan was exiled in shame for telling the truth about how the soldiers she led were killed They meet up again years later The goddess Vela tasks Lizzan with protecting Aerax and promises to reward her with a glorious death in battle Lizzan does not tell Aerax the truth about her quest or her reward Aerax hasn t told her the truth about I dove into A Touch of Stone and Snow as soon as I finished A Heart of Blood and Ashes Lizzan and Aerax grew up together on Koth and were sweathearts until Lizzan was exiled in shame for telling the truth about how the soldiers she led were killed They meet up again years later The goddess Vela tasks Lizzan with protecting Aerax and promises to reward her with a glorious death in battle Lizzan does not tell Aerax the truth about her quest or her reward Aerax hasn t told her the truth about why he didn t leave with her.Vane builds on the first book in so many interesting ways One of the many things I didn t talk about in my review was importance the Parsatheans put on speaking truth I didn t pay that much attention to it even though it was an important issue between Maddak and Yvenne Maddak doesn t fully become the man she deserves and the king his people deserve until he accepts Yvenne has not lied to him Though Lizzan and Aerax are not Parsathean, they have to confront that the lies they ve told each other and others in the past have harmed them and everyone around them There is an even bigger lie that they have to confront about Koth.Truth telling plays out in some of the side threads as well and those truths are likely to be resolved in the next book or later books Can this be an 8 book series One thread is carried from the first book how will the truthful words spoken by the goddess Vela to various characters play out, because her truth is abstract The other builds on the series arc of recovering from and preparing for the return of the Destroyer an older woman Lizzan comes across is waiting for her son, who was taken by the Destroyer at age 4 She travelled the world trying to find him and now she waits for him to find her, even though she is certain he will hate her for failing to protect him.I had a little bit of a rougher start with Lizzan and Aerax than I did with Maddak and Yvenne, but once I understood their conflict I fell in love with them Lizzan might be rough for some readers at the start She drinks too much and she is in the process of a long, slow implosion that will definitely end with her death She is near the end of her rope emotionally, and that s a hard place for me to connect with a character Lizzan is a mirror of Yvenne in that she is a warrior and has the physical strength for which Yvenne longed What she lacks is Yvenne s knowledge of the world and understanding of all the ways people can be horrible She lacks Yvenne s fortitude.It was interesting thinking about the big lie at the center of A Touch of Stone and Snow in this moment White Americans, like the citizens of Koth, have been raised on a steady diet of comforting lies To maintain itself, Koth must banish, shame and kill anyone who might reveal the truth As a child Aerax and his mother almost die because they don t fit comfortably into Kothan society In the United States, the truth of our nation is right in front of us and some people are so hostile to seeing it that they will become monsters in order to be comfortable in the lies Lizzan feels like she must be a monster to have been shunned and exiled Aerax feels like he must become a monster to save the people of Koth Neither of them are monsters, they operating in a monstrous system That should be a familiar feeling to us all.Vane really goes for the jugular in this book She takes Lizzan and Aerax from the extremes of isolation and hopelessness, to deeply and happily in love, to all is lost before they get their happy ending Never have you been restrained in the pleasure you give to me, and never have you held back your heart So always I end here in this way, so utterly satisfied and fully loved, the most blessed of all women She murdered me with beauty and emotion, and I liked it If this moment had happened between two characters in A Game of Thrones, you could pretty much guarantee that one of them is about to die and the other will suffer horribly Listening to an author panel recently one of them said that as a culture we assign greater value to misery than joy I think there are lessons to be taken from the way we find joy When Lizzan is suffering, the only redemption she can see is death in battle When she chooses joy and community, her choices aren t necessarily different, but the way she acts on those choices is directed towards a better world instead of self absorbed misery In this series of romances, the lovers aren t just making choices for their own happiness or for their own family, but also for the world in which they live They are choosing to move beyond their own myopic view and value people for who they are and not for how they fit preconceptions They are choosing truth over comfort Personally, I would like to live in a wold where lives were valued for themselves.The worst thing about having read this now is that I have to wait a year before the next book.I received this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review It s out July 7th, so if you haven t read A Heart of Blood and Ashes, you have time There is also a novella, The Beast of Black which is referenced in the book, but I haven t read it yet I will though Soon Milla Vane Returns To A World Of Kings, Magic, And Passion In Her Exhilarating A Gathering Of Dragons Series, As A Great Alliance Forms To Stand Against An Evil Warlord Intent On Their Destruction Danger Lurks In The Western Realms The Destroyer S Imminent Return Has Sent The Realms Into Turmoil As Desperate Citizens Seek Refuge But There S No Safety To Be Found When Demons And Wraiths Crawl Out From The Shadows Even Koth, A Northern Island Kingdom Left Untouched By The Destroyer A Generation Past, Is Besieged By Terrors Spawned From Corrupt Magics When Lizzan Leads The Kothan Army Against These Terrors, Only To See Her Soldiers Massacred And To Emerge As The Only Survivor, She Is Called A Coward And A Deserter Shunned From Her Home, Lizzan Now Wanders In Solitude As A Mercenary For Hire, Until She Encounters A Group Of Warriors Seeking New Alliances With The Northern Kingdoms A Group That Includes Aerax, The Bastard Prince Of Koth, And The Man Who Sent Her Into Exile Though They Were Childhood Friends, Aerax Cannot Allow Himself To Be Close To The Only Woman Who Might Thwart His Treacherous Plan To Save Their Island Realm But When A Goddess S Demand Binds Them Together, Lizzan And Aerax Must Find A Way To Overcome Their Painful 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The Only Woman Who Might Thwart His Treacherous Plan To Save Their Island Realm But When A Goddess S Demand Binds Them Together !!> BOOKS ✶ The Last Kids on Earth ✬ Author Max Brallier – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Lizzan And Aerax Must Find A Way To Overcome Their Painful Pasts Or There Will Be No Future For The Western Realms ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book ever since I finished A Heart of Blood and Ashes I am a huge fan of Fantasy Romance novels, but strangely enough I don t read them as much as I would like to So whenever I do pick up a book in this genre, I really take the time to fully immerse myself into the world the author has built Before I go into my thoughts on this particular book, I want to say that I am amazed by the creativity ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book ever since I finished A Heart of Blood and Ashes I am a huge fan of Fantasy Romance novels, but strangely enough I don t read them as much as I would like to So whenever I do pick up a book in this genre, I really take the time to fully immerse myself into the world the author has built Before I go into my thoughts on this particular book, I want to say that I am amazed by the creativity of fantasy authors It isn t easy to create a completely new world with and being able to keep track of everything It really took me a long time to tell who was who, and what part of the world they were from So I was happy that the book was long Honestly, I like my fantasy novels to be huge, because it isn t easy to tell a full story in a normal sized novel Never have you been restrained in the pleasure you give to me, and never have you held back your heart So always I end here in this way, so utterly satisfied and fully loved, the most blessed of all women Alright lets get into the story itself I absolutely loved the main characters Lizzan and Aerax, they were separated but it was obvious the amount of love they had for each other The women in this world are so strong and independent, and I loved that they weren t some damsel in distress Lizzan took care of herself, and she also would definitely defend the lives of the people she loved Lizzan felt betrayed by Aerax when he didn t leave with her when she was shunned by her people, because he was the one who always wanted to leave and start a life with her somewhere were they would be equal These two are childhood friends turned lovers and true soulmates This book was action packed and super hot as well The author Milla Vane found a great balance and satisfied me with the amount of action and romance she delivered in this story There are multiple villains, and the gods and myths that were revealed were very intriguing I honestly couldn t get enough of the story and the characters Everything together made such an enjoyable fantasy romance novel In this book you also meet the main characters of the next book, and I am already looking forward to their story I am LOVING this series I gave the first book 4.5 stars, so I was nervous coming into book 2 But Milla Vane manages to weave magic again in the sequel The world building is astounding, the characters literally leap off the pages with life, and the main couple in A TOUCH OF STONE AND SNOW are so lovely and lovING Truly, one of the best second chance romances I ve read of late I purposely held off reading this book after finals and DEVOURED it in almost one sitting Very proud of my self retr I am LOVING this series I gave the first book 4.5 stars, so I was nervous coming into book 2 But Milla Vane manages to weave magic again in the sequel The world building is astounding, the characters literally leap off the pages with life, and the main couple in A TOUCH OF STONE AND SNOW are so lovely and lovING Truly, one of the best second chance romances I ve read of late I purposely held off reading this book after finals and DEVOURED it in almost one sitting Very proud of my self retraint.If you like fantasy romance, I highly recommend this series Like hands down, Vane brings out the best of both genres into her books.I d also add to be careful though, as there are a lot of violent scenes that come up and the author has a list of trigger warnings on her website over here which include heavy violence, abuse, and torture The action is brutal, the romance is off the charts sexy, and the characters are flawed and heroic Vane s characterizations are so WELL DONE, and this book was no different Goals are questioned, perspectives are challenged, and lessons are learned I never got bored with the character introspection which usually happens in stories and empathized with both protagonists It was just So good And we re so blessed as readers to be getting this whole thicc trilogy in one year Review to come Thank you so much Berkley Netgalley for the review copy I didn t think it was possible to love the heroinethan I liked Yvenne from the first book Apparently I was wrong This book gave me Lizzan Another unconventional the heroine that I absolutely fell in love with A down and out drunkard former soldier, shamed, shunned and exiled by her people but still cannot resist to help anyone in trouble, even if they are after her own life So my rating for this book is not necessarily about the book itself, even though it is a bloody good read All t I didn t think it was possible to love the heroinethan I liked Yvenne from the first book Apparently I was wrong This book gave me Lizzan Another unconventional the heroine that I absolutely fell in love with A down and out drunkard former soldier, shamed, shunned and exiled by her people but still cannot resist to help anyone in trouble, even if they are after her own life So my rating for this book is not necessarily about the book itself, even though it is a bloody good read All the stars are for Lizzan and her journey to redemption, even though she didn t need it Most of the time I felt bad for how shitty the world was treating her and how she refused to be bitter because of it I wanted her to be mad as hell, which she sometimes was, but I thought it wasn t enough I guess that s why I loved her as a heroine The path is never easy for her, and it took out of herthan it was fair but she still hung in there, trying to make it better It pissed me off when she couldn t drink her troubles away like she would normally do because I felt she deserved a drink or two This girl had the weight of the world on her shoulders and throughout the book she keeps on pilinguntil she had to learn to ask for help and rely on others.The fact that I did not mention the H, Aerax, does not mean he was a shitty hero He was pretty awesome and I loved their relationship And the supporting characters were not bad I also like Tyzen and Seri, totally rooting for them I wouldn t mind reading their story, if ever there will be one I am really loving the intricate world that the author is building I can t wait for the next book Truly one of the most wonderful books I ve read, certainly a highlight of the year a much needed one and probably my favorite Milla Vane Meljean Brook book, which is saying a lot, because she s one of my most beloved authors I guess we could say this book is basically about two very good, very honorable people who love each other very much I mean, they really, really love each other The love story in this book is so intense, so deep, and so earned, that sometimes I felt like I, the reader, Truly one of the most wonderful books I ve read, certainly a highlight of the year a much needed one and probably my favorite Milla Vane Meljean Brook book, which is saying a lot, because she s one of my most beloved authors I guess we could say this book is basically about two very good, very honorable people who love each other very much I mean, they really, really love each other The love story in this book is so intense, so deep, and so earned, that sometimes I felt like I, the reader, was intruding It s technically friends to lovers to enemies to lovers, except that they re never enemies, just forced into an impossible position that looks like a big misunderstanding but isn t And once they reconcile, we get an absolute parade of swoon Even the dirty talk is ridiculous romantic I don t know what else to say This book is nothing like the first book and yet they are truly of a piece This one is still set in a violent, intense world, and there s plenty of violence and gore including sexual violence but the dynamic between the main characters is so different The thing they have in common, which is consistent throughout Vane s work, is that the women have power and agency, even when it doesn t look like they do, and when they don t, they fight for it I think this one will work much better for those who found the first one off putting, but do check the content warnings Anyway, read it for the swoons, read it for the magical giant cat tiger, read it for the quiet hero who is desperately in love, read it for the heroine who crawls her way back from a very dark place, read it for the horny monk, read it for the parents who love their daughters, read it for the fun gods, read it for the hot horse that steals all the lady horses Sundown is shook.CW violence, gore, mutilation, descriptions of child sexual abuse, descriptions and allusions of rape and sexual violence, torture, alcoholism Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Romance for providing me with an eARC of this title All opinions are my own Wow This was just bananas good.After devouring the first novel in this series, I was so excited to have been approved for the sequel on NetGalley Because things just really escalated here The magic, the creatures, the curses, the fights, everything is just ratcheted up.In this novel we move away from Ran Maddek and Queen Yvenne to meet some new characters.Lizzan is a shunned warrio Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Romance for providing me with an eARC of this title All opinions are my own Wow This was just bananas good.After devouring the first novel in this series, I was so excited to have been approved for the sequel on NetGalley Because things just really escalated here The magic, the creatures, the curses, the fights, everything is just ratcheted up.In this novel we move away from Ran Maddek and Queen Yvenne to meet some new characters.Lizzan is a shunned warrior who is now a hired protector for merchants and travelers After being cast out by her country and separated from the man she thought loved her best in the world, she became a woman with no name and a drunkard barely stumbling through her days.When she can t bear in any longer, she reaches out to the goddess Vela for a quest to regain her reputation and die a hero When Vela reluctantly gives her the task to protect the next person she lays eyes on, she is shocked and horrified that it is the bastard Prince she once loved with all her heart The same bastard that broke her heart and refused to flee Koth with her when she was exiled.But Aerax has been searching for her He has a horrible task to complete and he wants Lizzan by his side no matter what it takes He only made her leave for her own protection and he is sure she will see him as a villian when he finds out why.This is set 2 years after the ending events of A Heart of Blood and Ashes There are some familiar faces including some members of Maddek s Dragon Guard and Yvenne s youngest brother.There is a SABER TOOTHED CAT companion named Caeb, and I am LIVING for him There is something about him though and I want to know.The love story in this one is so touching These two people who have such a deep love and layers of weight and duty upon them that have forced them apart This was a second chance romance wrapped up in a fantasy While Maddek and Yvenne may have burned bright and fierce Lizzan and Aerax smolder low and deep I adored the angst hiding true devotion And it doesn t hurt to have a cat the size of a horse who wants you to get back together My one and only gripe has to do with logistics This book is shelved in the Romance section, and it should be, but man, this book needs the Fantasy Novel treatment I need a damn MAP, and a list of characters, as well as who all the gods and goddesses are That is my only real gripe It gets really confusing, and normally I would flip back and forth between a map and other ID pages.Triggers Brutality Gore Mentions of rape and torture First things first the hero of this book has a pet snow cat, aka A SABER TOOTH TIGER Do I really need to sayOkay, okay, I will I feel like with this book, this series is really hitting its stride The political intrigue is intriguing The magical and mythical elements are interesting The romances are targeted right at your feels It s just a super solid fantasy romance series, though I will say, I tend to enjoy the fantasy elements of this a littlethan the romance elements Pe First things first the hero of this book has a pet snow cat, aka A SABER TOOTH TIGER Do I really need to sayOkay, okay, I will I feel like with this book, this series is really hitting its stride The political intrigue is intriguing The magical and mythical elements are interesting The romances are targeted right at your feels It s just a super solid fantasy romance series, though I will say, I tend to enjoy the fantasy elements of this a littlethan the romance elements Personally, I tend to like slightly less angst for my romances, and this series seems to be on the angstier end of things than the Iron Seas series was That said this was a second chance romance that worked a lot better for me than that trope usually does because it was so clear from the hero s POV that he was utterly gone on the heroine so I knew the reasoning behind the Big Misunderstanding was going to be good It was, and I found the resolution of that part of the story very satisfying.All in all can t wait for the next one Things are really heating up and the Destroyer is still coming JULY WE ONLY HAVE TO WAIT 5 MONTHS FOR THIS SEQUEL BLESS


About the Author: Milla Vane

Milla Vane is an alternate name for author Meljean Brook.Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily ever afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.


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