Title: The Shattered Court
Author: MJ Scott
Series: A Novel of the Four Arts
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Synopsis: Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…
The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.
Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.
Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. Scott has really good world building and I want to know more about the different types of magic. The POV limits what we know because we only know and find out what the characters do and me being the curious type I always want to know more. I enjoyed both Sophia and Cameron as characters so reading from both of their POVs was fine for me. I really didn’t have any problems, at all, with this book. I enjoyed it from start to finish, though that ending was a killer! I definitely am looking forward to the next book in this series.
If you picked up this book thinking it is a YA it’s not. It’s an ADULT book. Roc is an adult fantasy imprint of Penguin. I saw several people complaining about the sex in the book but really, it’s an adult book and sex is often present in adult fantasy. If you’re ever unsure of the age group a book is slotted for, check out the imprint.
I received an ARC of this book from the Penguin Roc on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.