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Review: The Northern Heart by Sasha L. Miller

This book was exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been in quite of a reading slump, not really knowing what I want to read and not really liking what I’m reading. However, this book managed to pull me out of that slump quite brilliantly.

The Northern Heart by Sasha L. Miller

33293134Several weeks ago Emmerich saved the royal family—but at great cost to himself. He keeps going into trances and wandering off, and the problem is getting worse. If they don’t figure out a solution soon, whatever’s wrong will kill him. As if that’s not enough, the person stuck babysitting him is a man he desperately wishes had wanted him for more than one night.

Pearce is at his wits end trying to save the man he cares about. Nothing he tries helps for more than a moment, and each time Emmerich falls asleep and slips into a trance, bringing him back out requires greater and greater magic—if the trance doesn’t kill him first, waking him most certainly will.

Series: Kingdom Curses, #2
Review: 5 butterflies
Emmerich is a man who saved the royal family, but got a curse in return. He keeps blacking out—he calls them trances—and doing things that he doesn’t know or remember he’s doing. The trances are getting more and more frequent, and those around him are worried.

One such person is Pearce. He is a prince and in charge of making sure Emmerich is okay and monitoring his trances. He seems to feel a little more than just responsibility towards Emmerich, and Emmerich seems to return those feelings.

What I really liked about this book is that it alternated between their points of view in each chapter. I really enjoyed that because I got to see inside both of their heads, and it’s also a way of keeping me, the reader, in suspense. I also loved Emmerich and Pearce’s relationship. The miscommunication between the two is a classic romance novel trope, however, and it was resolved so incredibly easy that it was kind of anticlimactic. The book is so much more than the romance, however. Though the romance plays an important part, there is a lot more at play than love. Magic, treachery, and the search for answers kept me turning page after page. The magic in the novel was very unique, especially the differences between human magic and elven magic. I really enjoyed the world that Miller created, and I definitely want to learn more about it.

The plot was fantastic. There were—and are—so many questions on my part throughout the whole thing. The book is based in a world full of magic, elves, and humans, and a bunch of anonymity between the latter two. I enjoyed how there’s a lot more left to discover. The elves fascinate me—especially the secrets they seem to keep and the fact that how they perform magic is kept a huge secret.

The book finished, but left me wanting more. I assumed this will be covered in the following books of the series, but now I’m not so sure. You see, I didn’t know this was the second book of a series, and the first novel seems to be focused on two different characters in the same world (though one of those characters actually shows up in this book). Because of this, I’m left wondering if the plot holes in this book, The Northern Heart, will ever be resolved. I haven’t read the first book, so I’m not sure how much the two books are related, but I definitely want to continue reading the story of Emmerich and Pearce. However, knowing that Rylan shows up in both novels gives me a little bit of hope.

If you’re concerned with reading the second of a series first, don’t be. Like I said, it’s a completely different storyline, with completely different main characters. However, the stories do interact, so I definitely recommend reading the series in order, starting with book 1. I was left a little confused by certain events and about the world the book takes place in. I’m hoping that reading the series in order will assuage that a little bit. It does seem, however, that the author wants to maintain a bit of mystery about the world and the elves, so that might not be revealed until much later on.

I recommend this book to those who love magic, fantasy, romance, and mystery. If you’re tired of the same old thing, this book will be a breath of fresh air with its unique world and characters.

A free copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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