Published by Union Square Co. on August 2, 2022
Series: The Halfling Saga #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
Source: Paperback from publisher
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"Gripping and fierce. This is much-needed fantasy with its fangs honed sharp by the power of resistance. Melissa Blair has built a tremendous world." —Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
My body is made of scars,some were done to me,but most I did to myself. Keera is a killer. As the King's Blade, she is the most talented spy in the kingdom. And the king’s favored assassin. When a mysterious figure moves against the Crown, Keera is called upon to hunt down the so-called Shadow. She tracks her target into the magical lands of the Fae, but Faeland is not what it seems . . . and neither is the Shadow.
Keera is shocked by what she learns, and can't help but wonder who her enemy truly is: the King that destroyed her people or the Shadow that threatens the peace? As she searches for answers, Keera is haunted by a promise she made long ago, one that will test her in every way. To keep her word, Keera must not only save herself, but an entire kingdom.
A Broken Blade is the first book in the Halfling Saga by author Melissa Blair. The Halfling Saga is a new adult fantasy with a dash of enemies to lovers romance. This book was a really solid start to a promising fantasy series. I can’t wait to grab a copy of the next book and see where things will go from there.
My review is purposefully going to be a little vague, because the book is written king od vague and mysterious surrounding certain characters and events, and I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises or fun I had along the way. It’s one of those books that you just have to experience for yourself to understand. But here is what I can tell you….
This story is about our main character, Keera who is a halfling, half elf and half human. In this world halflings are deemed only worthy of being slaves to the crown. Keera was chosen from a young age to train as a warrior spy for the king, and she has been very successful in that role, but it has come at a serious cost to her. When we meet her, she is just a shell of a person and she has a drinking issue (among other things). One of my favorite aspects of the book was watching Keera come into her own. Keera gets an assignment from the King to track down and kill an assassin called The Shadow, and that quest sets Keera off on a totally different course than she ever though was possible.
Away from Court life, Keera’s eyes are opened to a lot more of the world that she ever experienced. Not only did she run into the Shadow but she also found a group of rebels, and with them comes a great cast of characters. I would have enjoyed the romance element of the story to be a little heavier, but this book was definitely more plot driven. The romance was there but it was pretty minor in my opinion. If you are a fan of plot driven quest style fantasy novels with mysterious and morally grey characters, plenty of secrets and betrayals, then The Halfling Saga might be the series for you. I enjoyed A Broken Blade and I am very interested in the next book.
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