{Review+Giveaway} The Belle and the Blackbird by Sarah M. Cradit

October 10, 2023 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

{Review+Giveaway} The Belle and the Blackbird by Sarah M. CraditThe Belle and the Blackbird by Sarah M. Cradit
Pages: 431
on October 10, 2023
Series: The Book of All Things #7
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Author

Anastazja's cruel rejection leaves Tyreste shattered and clinging to desperate solitude. Oblivious to the malevolence that waits for her every night when she returns home, he finds it easier to believe she never loved him than to explore his fear that she’s in serious trouble.

Behind the veil of Ana's seemingly charmed life, an ancient evil stalks her family's revered halls. Her cunning stepmother wields terrible threats against Ana’s loved ones to coerce her into assisting in horrifying experiments against the Ravenwood priests and priestesses, longtime allies of Ana’s family.

Tyr's love for Ana remains steadfast despite her abrupt departure from his life. To distract himself from his heartbreak, he immerses himself in work, translating a series of mysterious and chilling letters, only to find himself entangled in a harrowing mystery spanning generations.

A mystery that revolves around Ana's family.

The very same one consuming—and destroying—Ana, piece by piece.

For years, she has fought this war alone, exhausting all her resources against the wicked witch who holds her family hostage. She’s out of tactics and, more importantly, time.

As the end draws near, she realizes the key to ending the witch’s reign of terror might lie with the tavern boy who stole her heart. Her solitary light in endless years of darkness.

Only together can Anastazja and Tyreste end the terror that has gripped the north, and the Ravenwoods, for centuries.

Also in this series: The Raven and the Rush: The Book of All Things, The Melody and the Master


My Thoughts

The Book of All Things is a series of standalone fantasy romance tales set in the vibrant, epic world first introduced by USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah M. Cradit in the Kingdom of the White Sea trilogy. The Belle and the Blackbird is a forbidden love fantasy romance Snow White & Rose Red retelling, featuring Tyreste and Anastazja, characters first introduced in The Altruist and the Assassin. It is the second story in the Guardians Cycle of The Book of All Things, but can also be enjoyed as a standalone.

Sink into this alluring tale of a reclusive pubkeep and the dazzling, unattainable noble whose life is wrapped in a deadly mystery he can’t resist solving.

The Belle and the Blackbird is the seventh book in the Book of all Things series. I love the spice level in the Guardian cycle, ad with that combined with Sarah’s signature storytelling ability, it should come as no surprise that The Belle and the Blackbird is one of my favorite installments in the Book of All Things series. I loved this one!

In The Belle and the Blackbird we meet our main characters, Tyreste and Anastazja. We first met these two in The Altruist and the Assassin, and it was fantastic to see them get their own story. I loved Ana so much. She is such a kind hearted, good person. I knew right away that I wanted her to succeed and find her happy ending. Me liking her as much as I did made her whole journey super rewarding for me. I always love how developed and fleshed out Sarah makes her characters, but I was particularly impressed with Ana’s character growth throughout the story. And Tyr! He was the perfect complement to Ana, and after knowing him from the previous book, I was so happily impressed with him. I was rooting so hard for these two! 

I enjoyed the little throwbacks to Snow White, but this was no ordinary retelling. This story felt fresh, beautiful and completely their own. If you like emotional love stories set in an epic fantasy world, with spice, fantastic writing, loveable characters, and some snow white throwbacks, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend the Book of All Things series to all lovers of fantasy. Sarah M. Cradit is an epic fantasy writer like no other. I love her books!

This is a must read fantasy series! Check it out right now if you haven’t already!

The Guardian Cycle:

Fated love, redemption, and fierce protectiveness in the shadow of the Reliquary (medium heat)

Heat Level: 🔥🔥🔥/5

Violence: ⚔️⚔️/5


The Altruist and the Assassin

The Belle and the Blackbird

The Virtue and the Vixen


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