The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon Review

Title: The Queen and the Cure

Author: Amy Harmon

Publisher:  Self-Published

Format: eBook

Publication Date: May 9, 2017  

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

Amy Harmon just knows how to write a great book. I didn’t identify with Kjell and Sasha as much as I did with Lark and Tiras (characters from The Bird and the Sword), and I think that’s largely because I am far more like studious Lark than I am like Sasha. That being said, it was still a fantastic read, and the writing here was truly outstanding. Amy Harmon knows how to world build that is absolutely clear in these books. I praised her in the first book, because I was amazed at how clear and concise and thoughtful the world was, but The Queen and The Cure only expounds upon that, and takes us in a new direction.

I think it is interesting in examining my feelings about this book, that I feel so terribly for Kjell, but not nearly as bad for Sasha who went through much worse than Kjell. I think in large part that’s because Sasha comes across as so strong and fierce. So does Kjell, but there’s a vulnerability there that I think is intriguing. Sasha’s whole life was turned upside down at least 3 times within the course of this book, and I cannot believe she handled it with as much grace and serenity as she did. That’s also probably why I didn’t feel as connected to her because I would have been raging and screaming and fighting. Sasha fought but it was a quiet kind of strength, and a rigidity of her personality, and it is completely opposite of who I am.

I also found the second half of this book to be better than the first. For some reason once Sasha remembers everything and we get to her country Caarn, it gets alot better. Now I’ll be the first to admit there are some plot points here that scream of Deus Ex Machina and can absolutely drive you crazy. However, it was the first time I really felt the depth of what Kjell and Sasha felt for each other. I felt like the second half of the book was very beautifully written about the tragedy that befell Caarn when the Volgar came.

Truthfully while this book had a few plot points that I found rather ridiculous, the characters and beautifully written prose absolutely make up for it. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“The very best things in life are born of difficulty. Whatever comes too easily is easily abandoned.”― Amy Harmon, The Queen and the Cure