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The Forbidden Heir

(The Four Arts #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  52 reviews
She fled to save her life, but surviving what comes next might destroy everything she believes in…

The royal witches of Anglion have always been bound to serve their country. But Lady Sophia Mackenzie, whose unbound magic and near claim to the crown made her a target, was forced to flee Anglion, leaving behind a dead assassin and shattered loyalties. Now she finds herself
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 7th 2017 (first published October 3rd 2017)
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Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Forbidden Heir by M.J. Scott
Book Two of the Four Arts series
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy provided by the author

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She fled to save her life, but surviving what comes next might destroy everything she believes in…

The royal witches of Anglion have always been bound to serve their country. But Lady Sophia Mackenzie, whose unbound magic and near claim to the crown made her a target, was
Samantha W.
Will update in the morning.

LIES, I am updating today.

This second book was just as good as the first. The only problem was the format for me. Apparently ebooks are really not my bag.

I enjoyed the character development, I can't wait to see what happens in book three, and I want to know all of the answers (WHICH THERE AREN'T ENOUGH OF YET)! If romance, court intrigue, and magic based fantasy are your bag then I highly recommend this series!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Forbidden Heir is the second book in the series? Trilogy? I don't know 'The Four Arts'.
Like the first book, I greatly enjoyed the second one. This is one of those strange books that are neither amazing nor horrible. It isn't particularly unique, the writing style isn't brilliantly amazing, and the characters are almost ordinary given the genre and the type of book it is. And still, I have a lot of fun with this series so far. You could almost call it a guilty pleasure … except I don't feel g
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
i expected more ley line sex :/
The Reading Raccoon
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to like this series more but there is something about the characters and plot that makes it difficult to get lost in. The writing is fine. There’s nothing blatantly wrong with the plot. I just find myself really disconnected from Sophie and Cameron’s problems and wish there was a hook or a catch that would make them unforgettable.
If you liked the first one, you will most likely like this one. It is just very nice and a pleasure to read.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
My feelings about this are definetely mixed: do I think this is amazing, writing or plotwise? No. But I still read book #2 adnd I am currently reading book #3 and that is really unusual for me. I could, I can, find plenty of plot or style holes in this series but it still kept turning the pages. Somehow the plot reveal pace or pace in general, the universe is just working for me, nitpicking apart.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in2018
This was a very quick read - it was so compelling, and really held it's own as the middle book in the trilogy (I assume).

It does the thing that I love for middle books to do, which is after book one has scattered the pieces, book two lines them up, ready for them to fall back in place (or into new places) in book three.
Lissa Hawley
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous book. The world building is unique and complex. The characters are well developed and likable and there is intrigue for days. If you've read the first book in the series it only gets better in this one.

Highly recommended and already eagerly awaiting the next.
Nice fantasy romance.
Court intrigue.
Boarding school/magical academy setting.
Married couple as MC.
Cute pets. I liked shenanigans with Tok.

Looking forward to the next book.
Elizabeth "Liza"
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite the Novel Idea

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Well, it was about time!  I read The Shattered Court in 2015 and I loved it and then I waited a while for the sequel.  I'm happy to report that it did not dissapoint at all.

The Forbidden Heir started where the previous book ended, with Sophia an

First read 11/3/17
Real rating: 4.25 stars! I want the next book 😂

Second read 5/25/20
Had to reread so I could start the third book. My rating is now a flat 4 stars but still enjoyed this a lot.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019reads, fantasy
With this book the series really shifted into more like a regency novel. There were more descriptions of gowns and court wear than I was anticipating, that's for sure! I still definitely enjoyed it, though. ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This read went fast. I actually had to re-read the first book to remember what happened.

This one starts right where the last one left off with Cameron and Sophia on the run from the Kingdom of Anglion. They've landed in the empire of Illvya, Anglion's supposed enemy. Only not really. While the people of Anglion seem to be obsessed with Illvya, the Illvyians are minding their business being more enlightened and technically more advanced than the Anglions and not really giving Anglion a second th
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book #2 in a series and yes you do need to start with the first book. I promise it will be well worth your time!

This series is set in a different Earth/planet in what would have been about our Victorian times. There are kings and queens who rule and there is also magic. There are four different types, or arts, that can be practiced. Sophie and her husband Cameron are from Anglion but they have fled to Illvyan after an assassination attempt. Sophie was a royal witch in line to the royal t
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story picks up where the first book left off. Cameron and Sophie fear for their lives and escape Algonia. They travel to a near-by rival city run by an emperor. The city they run to allows all four magics to be used. They seem much advanced in many ways. Sophie starts to learn more magic and finds herself in trouble on a few occasions. She and Cameron are getting in deeper with the Ilyvan politics and become a pawn between the two rival countries. In this second book, Sophie was showing exac ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read book 1 in this series forever ago and really liked it, finally got a hold of book 2! This book's destination is pretty much where I assumed the story was going, but I liked the journey. I enjoy spending time in this world, I really want a deep-dive into the different magics. Illvya is WAY better than Anglion and Sophie and Cam should definitely stay there forever. Sophie and Cam's relationship develops well for me. The genuinely liked each other in book 1 when they were more or less forced ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible series.

Court intrigue. Well defined magical world that is filled with conflict. Demons and bonds. Heroine with a brain who is not sought after by every single male around her. Hero who also has a brain and holds a true partnership ethic with his chosen partner. Not a single patronizing hint of 'indulging the feisty little lady' exists so far in the series.
These are well written books with an extremely cohesive story line and the solid world building MJ Scott is so talented at creatin
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Politics are not my forte, or interest, and there is a lot of politics here. Who cares though, because tons of other stuff happens.

Cameron and Sophie find tenuous sanctuary at the Illvyan Academe, which gives them a safe place to explore their bond and learn more than Anglian mages are ever taught.

Please, please, though, let future books explain a little more about the Familiaris sanctii, this book gave tantalizing hints, but no details.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the first book in this series very much. I enjoyed this book as well. I liked that it picked up where the first book ended. I enjoyed the descriptions of the city and of the magic. The main characters continued to mature and grow in their affection for each other. I will continue to read the rest of the books in this series. I do not like the fact that it's currently only available in e-book edition. ...more
K.A. Fox
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Started off slow but the romance definitely heats up. Sophie and Cameron find themselves on foreign soil, hoping for asylum in an academy of magic that teaches arts deemed heretical in their home country. But, as Sophie steps into her power and their bond grows stronger, she draws unwanted attention - from home, from the Imperial Ruler of Illyria and even from the world of demons. I'm interested to see where the rest of the story goes. ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm still into the story, but I thought this was unnecessarily wordy. Found myself skipping paragraphs of cliched and irrelevant descriptions. Reading the first and last lines got me to the end pretty fast, without missing any part of the plot. ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel very torn about this one. I really enjoyed the world building, but the plot felt rushed and holy smokes did the main character start to feel like a Mary Sue. I'll certainly read the third book when it comes out, but this one didn't quite live up to the expectations set by the first book. ...more
Denise Hallauer
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I kept forgetting some details from the first book since it had been so long since I had read it. This one was a little slow, there was a lot of daily stuff at the beginning but it picked up towards the middle and ended way before I wanted to and with a shocking end.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is definitely mostly a slower paced one than the first and I could see how that could turn some people off of it - but I found everything fascinating. And the pace definitely picks up as the story continues - especially at the end. I’m so excited to read the next one!
Kimberly Gordon-Bercich
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Off With Her Head

XXX! Adult content. This book was so much better than the first book. It was so close to a five star rating as well. I loved Cam and Sophie in this series. I loved their challenges and all the ways the characters grew individually and as a couple.
I really feel like the characters' personalities changed in this novel, and not in a good way. Sophie had previously been a relatively strong, rational female lead, and now she's a blubbering sop who constantly needs her husband around to feel secure. ...more
4.5 stars. I enjoyed learning about Illvya and the differences with Anglion. The politics were fun and the magic was interesting. I can’t wait to see what happens with Sophie and Cameron next.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books-read
I’ve enjoyed this author’s books. Light romantic fantasy but plot heavy and character driven enough her romances aren’t cloying.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
looking forward to book 3, but book 1 was better.
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M.J Scott is a RITA® Award nominated author. She is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else’s. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, d ...more

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