Bring Me Their Hearts || An Incredible Fantasy

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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally. 

 

“I never said it was an excuse…Simply that our pain breeds hate, and our hate makes us all do terrible things.” 

This book was so incredible and amazing and aowisdkjfwaoiedslkjfwoiesdlkjfowiejfkdsl2oijwfelkdm. The only terrible horrible part was that there’s an awful cliffhanger and the second book isn’t out yet and really I should stop reading new releases or else I’ll always know this suffering waoisdfjklwpoefskljdwfoesjdkl.

I haven’t been reading so much fantasy lately as I used to, and this book really made me want to fall back into the genre hard. It’s definitely a darker story, and I loved it. The main character, Zera, is Heartless–she’s an immortal servant to a witch, a monster. It comes with pain and sufferings–always having to eat raw meat, crying tears of blood, having to live with this insatiable hunger to kill and destroy and, of course, not having a heart! So when her witch offers to giver her her heart back and make her human in exchange for stealing the heart of the crown prince Lucian and making him Heartless in her place, of course she agrees.

Zera is so badass and strong I love it! She’s excellent at fencing, sneaking around, lying, stealing, and deceiving, and all the other bad girl things, but at the same time she loves wearing fancy dresses, and she’s super snarky and I loved reading her dialogue and she’s basically my spirit animal.

What’s really remarkable about Zera though is the internal struggle she has with herself, and the hunger, the monster deep inside of her. Every waking moment she’s having to fight off the monster to stay in control, and it really brings into question what it means to be a human. She is also constantly struggling with whether she should just blindly follow her witch’s orders and what people are telling her to do, or if she should do what she might want to do. And then there’s the greatest struggle of all: whether she should actually steal the prince’s heart and turn him into a monster, or whether she should remain a monster herself. Regardless, Zera’s struggles made her such a strong character, and for the entire book I was kept guessing about how it would end.

Like most YA books these days, there was the romance element as well, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it. It’s pretty predictable that it’s going to be between Zera and the crown prince she’s sent to steal the heart of, but I totally didn’t mind the predictability because it’s so awesome and adds so much to her character! It’s a bit of a hate to love/enemies to lovers situation for sure, with blackmailing and all, but also a sort of friends to lovers with them getting to know each other as friends first and I just love both of those so eek! There’d better be lots more of this ship in the sequel!

Beyond just the romance, there’s definitely some great character relationships I loved! Zera pretends she’s the niece of a noble woman so she can sneak into court, and it was so lovely to see their relationship blossom, gradually coming to care about and maybe even love each other despite being so different, being human versus monster, on opposite sides of society. Zera also forms a friendship with two other people and then the three of them and the crown prince and basically Six of Crows style squad goals for a couple chapters and I was living for it and I really really really hope we get more of that in the sequel!!!

I’d say the world building was phenomenal too! I loved seeing about the humans vs witches vs other creatures, the worship of the old gods vs the new god, and the old war, and how much it divided society. This was definitely a great fantasy world!!

★★★★★ / 5

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