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Crystal Blade

(Burning Glass #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Betrayal cuts deep.

Peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new governmen
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Ben Alderson
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing




Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Damn that was good! The wait for book 3 is going to suck!!!! This was a killer book 2 no middle book syndrome here!
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛


A lot of my older followers may remember my review of Burning Glass, a book that I lovingly labeled the third worst book that I read last year. However, in spite of everything I said about it, I was still looking forward to its sequel. After all, I praised the setting of the first book numerous times, so even if the second book was bad or even underwhelming, I would still be able to get sucked into some beautiful Ukrainian culture and landscap
Cindy ✩☽♔
Nov 07, 2016 marked it as to-read
May 2nd -> August 15th =/ another one bites the dust, another one bites dust
Unlike some, I actually did like Burning Glass. However, as I said in my review of that book, I am not sure it really needed a sequel. Like sure there were some under answered questions, but not enough where I felt it really warranted another book (let alone two more books). I can only hope this book adds more depth rather than just more length. Fingers crossed.

Kathryn Purdie
Aug 02, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Haley ⚡️
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The first book.... hard to get into.

The second book... hard to continue.

I began this book in May.... and I'm finally finished in September. It isn't a long book by any means. There was nothing to keep me in the book long enough at first. Now I mostly read it so it stopped being on my bedside table haunting me.

The story line is good and I like the general idea but the writing is... just, well, there. Nothing special to me. Written well yes, but not enough hook in it.

Sonya is annoying. I don't
Cinnamon Girl
“‘I wish I could bare your suffering.’ His baritone voice attempting to whisper. ‘You’re always forced to hold everyone else’s.’”


Wow, I am so shocked, amazed, surprised, scared, and still dying inside. THAT ENDING THOOOOO!!!!

This book had so much action from page 1, it was insane.

So you might argue that Sonya’s character has drastically changed in the second book, but I’d like
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of BURNING GLASS. I adored the plot, the romance, and the incredible dynamic between Sonya, Anton, and Valko. But for me, CRYSTAL BLADE was even better. Kathryn Purdie has taken all the brilliant elements from the first book and really elevated them in this second installment in the series.

The plot throughout the story is riveting. Every single chapter includes at least one jaw-dropping moment that left me hopelessly addicted to the story. I could not put it down. The tension and
Rebecca Elizabeth
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Sadly not as good as the first. This one didn't pull me in like Burning Glass. I am hoping I enjoy book 3 more when it releases.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I already knew there was was going to be a cliff-hanger at the end (sorry, if you didn't know, now you do), but I wasn't expecting that ending! I mean, WHAT?! That did not just happen. Please don't let it be true. (It happened) I really need the next book to come out, like, NOW. From what I can remember, I'm pretty sure there are way more plot twists in this book than the first book, which is good! I quite enjoyed reading this and I can't wait for 2018!!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2017
Quite similar to the first in writing style but different in pace as this sequel was a lot quicker and had a load more action! It starts off a few weeks after the shocking events in Burning Glass as we see the aftermath on Riaznin and its people.

Sonya becomes a bit less likeable in this book I think (she does some shocking stuff but kind of in character with what she did in the first book) and we see less of the emperor (and he his one of my favourite characters!). Some massive relevations occur
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself really drawn to the first chapters, but after that, the middle gave me quite a bit of trouble. I can’t seem to fully invest myself in or care for these characters. It’s a completely personal issue I’ve had with both novels in this trilogy so far, but I can’t quite put my finger on what’s triggering my lack of interest.

I really like the plot. Besides that, for some reason, I’ve found both books almost taxing to read, though this one I was able to get through easier than Burning Gl
Greyson | Use Your Words
Jun 01, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: all-ntbr
Burning Glass: ★★★
Crystal Blade: Lost Interest in Series

I enjoyed the first book.

I loved it because the main characters powers are a more magical version of me being an Empath.

However, If I am being honest with myself, I'm probably never going to pick up the last two books in the series.
Sheila Goicea
Sep 13, 2017 marked it as not-interested
*Review for book 1 in series: Burning Glass. DNFing series. ...more
Erin Arkin
3.5 stars...Review to come
krystina beck
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good! Everything is built up and I need answers !! Can’t wait to read the third book coming in the mail!!!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars
I think I just read these books too far apart and the plot line and characters faded from my memory and for most of the book I was trying to understand it. It got pretty interesting at some parts though, and I'm looking forward to the next book!
lebedeva / Under the same sky 🌸🌙
This is the end of you and me.

I'm currently on board of a drowning ship it's been real bye

As I said before, this book was one of my most anticipated books for this year. It was a totally crazy roller-coaster of emotions.

When I was reading this I felt like I'm attached to Valko's galloping horse, observing this wild adventure with no control over anything. Lmao that description makes no sense okay moving on

I really liked the writing and the story overall, it just feel fluid ? It felt good,
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Burning Glass a lot, but I loved Crystal Blade even more! Kathryn Purdie's writing, while fantastic in the first book, has gotten even better. I adore her writing style so much.

I really liked Sonya's growth as a character in this book. As she learned to use her Auraseer powers, I didn't always like her choices, some even shocked me into anger, but seeing her learn from her experiences and try to become better made her so likable.

All of the twists and surprises were so well placed and m
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sonya screwed up one too many times, man. I'm done.

I'm a firm supporter of letting your protag mess up. Let them be human, flawed, let them commit terrible acts, let them struggle and hate and be angry, let them screw up so bad it seems unfixable.

But you gotta do it in a way that provokes the reader's empathy and not their hatred. Sonya was unbearable-- I guess because she kept doing really stupid, awful things, but never truly facing the consequences. I get that it's hard to write a broken, gu
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dynamic second in series. VOYA reviewed.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
...Meh. This one was even harder to get through than the first book, mostly because I was insanely bored the entire time. This book definitely suffers from "Second Book Syndrome," serving only to pad out the length of a series and make it into a trilogy. I think this could have easily been a duology instead (which would have also given me less to read for ROYAL), as most of this book is Sonya fighting with Anton and doing more horrible things "on accident." Thankfully, I only have one book left ...more
Jolene Perry
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am notorious for dis-liking the middle of a trilogy, but I really loved this.
There was fab growth with the MC, but I can see how she's going to have to change and stretch herself even further in the next book.
The ending left me reeling in the best possible way.
I'm not a huge fantasy reader, but I LOVE this series SO much.
Shelly Brown
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Purdie is so clever and her stories so gripping. Love!
When an empire falls and out of the ashes rises a new era. An era of peace and equality, freedom and prosperity. But is the empire ready for a drastic change? One that transformed from a tyrant ruler to a democracy? Will it totally rise out of the destruction of an empire? Or will it descend into chaos?

This one certainly had some chaos in one character in particular alone. Sonya Petrova, the sovereign Auraseer to the accomplice that will only assist the democracy, not be part of the ruling gove
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
After the mess I got in Burning Glass, Crystal Blade did prove itself a stronger story and better written book. It's still nothing exceptional, but it was a better read than its predecessor, if only because the author finally nailed down how to write conflict that wasn't completely confusing or illogical. It's easier to see Sonya's strife now; her desire to help conflating with her ignorance of how to wield power, both her actual powers and the power she has as a person with connections to forme ...more
Elizabeth Ann
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, and it was an entertaining read. However, it was not the page turner that the first one was. The one did not have as much direction as the first one did, and I felt this hindered the pacing. It took a while for the story to get going. Grant it, I did find it interesting how this one looked more at the politics of things and the fragile state of power and government. But at the same time, I felt this was the reason that the pacing was slow.

I also had an issue with the main characte
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Natalie Hudson
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This was definitely weaker than the first book. It was nice to see how characters who were in the first book evolved in this one, but I almost wish we were introduced to more characters, because it seemed everything revolved around three characters with a sprinkle of side characters every now and then. A little bit repetitive when that’s the case for two books in a row. There was a bit of plot twist when someone from Sonya’s past shows up but other than that the book was very straight in terms o ...more
Clara C. Johnson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
while I did think this was better than the first one, i still had issues with it.

I won't spoil anything for potential readers but basically she made some really avoidable bad desicions. you will understand if u decide to read it.

Small rant:
Also there is a whole thing that killing is wrong and then a chapter or so later, it's okay ok? so saving your loved ones is wrong but it's ok to kill to save thousands?
End rant.

I think this book though had a pretty strong start but a little over halfway, I st
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