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A Broken Blade

By Melissa Blair
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Publisher Description

The BookTok sensation from debut author Melissa Blair—now with exclusive bonus content!
 
"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.
 
Fans of fast-paced high fantasy such as A Court of Thorns and Roses series, The Inadequate Heir, and From Blood and Ash author Jennifer L. Armentrout, will enjoy the fierce female characters, sapphic representation, and fantasy romance of A Broken Blade.

351 Reviews

3.5
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“It's the highest rate I could give. This book exceeded all my expectations. Not only is Keera a bad as with issues, she owns them. Although she's closed off at first, granted, the relationships she builds with the people and the world around her are what I craved the most. The tention created in this book will tease you till the very end. Although it does ultimately leave you hanging, it's worth every moment. I can't wait to read the next one!”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveImmersive settingDarkSelf-harmViolence
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I was basically hooked from the beginning. I felt like the romance of this book was the weakest element, but really only because the other aspects felt strong and always interesting. Honestly, without the romance, I still think I would've considered this a compelling story. The queer cast was an added bonus. We love a bisexual assassin”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersDark setting
Thinking Face“The first half of this book was lacking hard, I couldn’t get a good grasp of the plot or the characters at all. But the second half of the book was so much better, the plot was starting to make more sense! I honestly didn’t care much about these characters at all except for the protagonist Keera but that wasn’t until the second half of the book. Overall I felt the story was good enough to finish it but you really gotta give it a chance at first!”
Easy to readBad writingDidn't grab my attentionUnengaging characters
Expressionless Face“I expected a lot more from the book. I liked the premise, it wasn’t well executed however. With all the information dumped on us, we didn’t learn a lot. Author’s writing, although easy to read, was very chaotic and repetitive. The book had many plot holes and inconsistencies, and it could use a team of editors to clean it up. The book felt rushed and unfinished.”
Heroic figuresBad writingCharacters kept making same mistakesDidn't grab my attentionObstacles overcome too easilyPredictableRushed endingSlow plotUnengaging characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book was slow going and the lore/races were difficult to understand. I appreciated the found family and slow burn romance that built with trust. I disliked the ending because it undid all of the work that this book achieved in terms of character growth and relationships built. The narrative could’ve been tightened to be more effective. I’d still read the sequel but not jumping to preorder it.”
Likable charactersMorally ambiguousMagical settingSlow plot

About Melissa Blair

Melissa Blair (she/her/kwe) is an Anishinaabe-kwe of mixed ancestry living in Turtle Island and the author of A Broken Blade, the first book in The Halfling Saga. She splits her time between Treaty 9 in Northern Ontario and the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg in Ottawa, Canada. She has a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, loves movies, and hates spoons. Melissa has a BookTok account (@melissas.bookshelf on TikTok) where she discusses and reviews her favorite books, including Indigenous and queer fiction, sapphic books, LGBTQ+ romance, feminist literature, and non-fiction.

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