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Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter


The Dark Grace is dead.

Feared and despised for the sinister power in her veins, Alyce has spent 100 years wreaking her revenge on the kingdom that made her an outcast. Once a realm of decadence and beauty, Briar is now wholly Alyce’s wicked domain. No one escapes the consequences of her wrath.

Not even the one person who holds her heart.

Princess Aurora saw through Alyce’s thorny facade, earning a love that promised the dawn of a new age. But that love came with a heavy price: Aurora now sleeps under a curse that even Alyce’s vast power cannot seem to break, and their dream of the world they would have built together is nothing but ash.

Alyce vows to do anything to wake the woman she loves, even if it means descending into the monster Briar believed her to be. But could Aurora ever love the villain Alyce has become?

Or is true love only for fairy tales?

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Misrule is the sequel to Malice a dark re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. Set a century later Alyce (known as Nimara in this tale) now rules over the Dark Court. Aurora has been sleeping for a century and despite trying everything Alyce still cannot break the curse. It is much darker and twistier than Malice and we are introduced to a plethora of new characters and creatures. I liked Derek, Neve and the Regan love triangle is really quite emotional and heart wrenching. We see more of the imps and their mischievous behaviour is entertaining and comical. There is also a lot going on with the court politics and the imminent war with the fae and you need to take your time reading it to take everything on board. It’s a substantial and at times complex read with some excellent world building and characterisation. I found the pacing a little slow around the halfway point and my interest began to wane. It did pick up again towards the end with the addition of some wonderful twists and turns, I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished.

A wonderful conclusion to the Malice duology, which is beautifully written incorporating some amazing world building, action, intrigue and excellent characters. It will definitely appeal to a wide range of fantasy readers.

Publisher: Del Ray
Publication Date (UK): 10 May 2022
Series: #2 Malice Duology
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 480
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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