Bring me their hearts: court games are dangerous ones…

img_2656-e1527850519247.jpgBring me their hearts by Sara Wolf
Series: Heartless
Format: 
ARC
Pages: 352
Published 
by Entangled Publishing LLC
Release date: 
June 5th, 2018
Top 3 Genres:
 Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: 
ARC provided by Raincoast books
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.
Literally.

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Zera: a unique character!

Let’s talk about what (or who) I loved the most about this book: Zera. In one word, she is sassy. Ok, to be honest, first pages she was pissing me off with her reckless decisions. But then, she is so hilarious and her humor is exactly my type! There is also the way she plays her role, her struggles regarding her mission but also the fight she has to put against her other self. She is good with words, she is good with a sword, and she is ready to kick asses. She was definitely unusual and a refreshing character!

« You’ve stolen from nobles? »
« ‘Stolen’ is such an ugly word. » I wrinkle my nose. « I prefer ‘long-term-donation.' »

The tension

During the entire book, we are left wondering, under pressure: will Zera be discovered? will she take Lucien’s heart? So many things can go wrong… and even if things go well, they are still wrong! How to get out of this situation? Well, Sara Wolf manages to lead our poor hearts through the book, in one piece, and end with a cliffhanger that will raise more questions than you’d want!

A complex world building

I was very interested in the world building in this book, it kind of reminded me of the Mistborn universe with the way the city was described, with the watertell system and all the schemes between the nobles. It was a very good beginning and I’m curious to see into what it can evolve.

But too many tropes

Why did the magic fail to capture my heart you may ask? There are so many good things in this book after all. For me, it’s just that no matter how good the concept and interesting the characters, it was still expected. The character’s arc, the development of the plot, there was no surprise…There was also this thing, you know when the main character miss the obvious? But it’s fully understandable by the reader? Well, that bothered me a lot several times in the book. Zera was smarter than that!

In a few words

A good story, with a lot of ideas that are different from everything I have read before, promising characters and world-building, but too many predictable elements for me. I would recommend it if you are in a deep Young Adult phase or haven’t read this type of book too much yet. You will really enjoy the Heartless story then!

See you for a cup!

Elise

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