Twins, secrets and HEAs all come together in this urban fantasy
The Elemental Keyes by Sam Burns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love it when Sam Burns mixes sub-genres together to create an utterly compelling narrative set in a vividly imagined world.
With the Circle the Square duet (I’ve also read book two but it’s not showing up on Goodreads yet) she’s crafted an amazing story of twins, of brothers, of magic and treachery which links two worlds together across vast distances and twists multiple threads together.
It’s fast-paced, it’s funny, it’s heart-warming, it’s seriously steamy and emotionally powerful, plus it causes the pulse to race and it keeps you reading until the early hours of the morning.
I can’t chose a favourite, I absolutely adored all of them, from snarky River and his beautifully soft-hearted twin Blaze, to Elethen, the Robin Hood style criminal known as The Crow and to The General, Lasya, a man who was willing to sacrifice all to save his people.
The young King is a delight, the other secondary cast of characters bring so much added depth and we have a villain well worthy of the hatred and distrust.
I loved both books so much I read them in a day. I know this is a duology but I would be so, so happy to see Sam returning to this world, there’s so many other people I’d love to also see with a Happy Ever After!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
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