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Realm of Ruins

(The Nissera Chronicles #2)

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Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos?

Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.

A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Holiday House
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Kelly Brigid ♡
“These words were intended to be spoken amid joyous revelers, but somehow they were more precious whispered in the shadows of rebellion.”

Realm of Ruins is a thrilling fantasy adventure that although not wholly unique, is quite enjoyable to read through and presents some intriguing situations that push the line about what is heroic or not. With so many fantasy elements and various bits of well-known fairy-tales sprinkled throughout, I unfortunately couldn’t help but feel that the story is a
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

Hannah West's Realm of Ruins is the companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars. The story takes place 100 years after Kingdom of Ash and Briars so, no, you won't find any of the original characters making any sort of guest appearances. West introduces readers to a new heroine, 17-year old Valory Braiosa. Valory is a direct descendant of Bristal, the heroine of the first installment. The installment which
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Brooke Buchanan
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading an early copy of Realm of Ruins, and I could not "put it down" (as it were). The story hits the ground running and maintains a quick pace while still allowing for plenty of time getting to know the characters and how their journeys affect them. My favorite types of stories are the ones where you can't begin to guess where the story is headed next, compelling me to keep flipping the page and unfolding new corners of its world, and that is exactly what RoR does here.

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Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars when it came out in 2016 and felt it was such an underrated book. So when news of a companion book came out I was very excited! Nissera is a place I'd more than love to revisit.

Realm of Ruins was amazing. Once again the fairytale mash-ups had me mesmerized. They were less relevant in this book than in the previous novel but the ones that were present were easily identifiable. I never knew which was going to pop up and the anticipation made it all the more fun to
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Breanna
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, buddy-read
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ARC provided by the publisher.

Buddy read with Kelly at Another Book in the Wall!

Realm of Ruins is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briar, and while there are a few references to the previous book, you can definitely enjoy this without reading it and understand everything that is happening!

One of the things I liked best about Realm of Ruins, was that the action started right away, quickly pulling you into the book. There is so many elements of
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Erin Arkin
Realm of Ruins by Hannah West is the companion novel to her first book Kingdom of Ash and Briars and part of the Nissera Chronicles series. If you like your stories to have a fairytale feel, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR stack.

Our main character in this story is Valory, a descendant the main character from Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and she attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Unfortunately for Valory, she hasn’t felt any magic in herself
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Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
I AM HYPER-VENTILATING RIGHT NOW! I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! THIS IS EVERYTHING I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!!!

Michaela Whitney
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read, retellings
I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars so much, I was so excited when this was announced!
The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

"The bastard is welcome to fight me for it."

We're introduced to Valory, a descendent of the great Bristal who saved Nissera from the dark elicromancer Tamarice.

Valory while having elicromancer blood, shows no spark of magic, that by all rights she should possess in droves. Things have changed a bit since Bristal's time and not everyone has the right to attempt the water and see
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I was thrilled to be able to pick up the second book immediately after the first and stay in this world. I'll gather my thoughts and write my review.
Chasty
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
I would call this a back story fantasy. To me this story gives you the story of how Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White came about and I absolutely loved it. Valory is our hero that puts it all into action. This story just made me go wow I can see that being the back story. Well written and executed beautifully.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Realm of Ruins (Nissera Chronicles #2) by Hannah West, 464 pages. Holiday House, December 2018. $19.

Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G

BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ESSENTIAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

In the ages since Bristal was thrown into the pond and discovered her elicrin powers, elicrin powers have been harnessed, tamed, and doled out to those “in favor”. Valory only meant to support her best friend as she underwent her trial, but Valory touches the Waters and destroys
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Emily
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
After finishing Kingdom of Ash and Briars, I was super excited to pick this book up. Realm of Ruins is a continuation of the series, but it is its own standalone book. I really liked this story. It was so reminiscent of the first one, but completely was its own story. Again, with this book, the flawless transition into the fairy tales didn’t feel forced and each had a place in the story for a reason. The seamlessness that West appears to include them is astounding. Again, this was something that ...more
Amanda Hagerty
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. In return for my honest thoughts and review. I am so glad I won this book. I really enjoyed it. Now you don't have to read the first one. But I highly recommend that you do read the first book. Because there a lot information that refer back to book one. This book is about a young girl Valory who is training for a eliccromancer stone. Then on her birthday party she fellows her friend to the magical water. Then gets sent to prison for a crime that she ...more
Dana Linde
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. I would not have purchased this book on my own, so I'm glad I won it since it was such an enjoyable read. Like all fantasy books, it's sometimes hard to keep track of the unique settings, names and experiences, but this book was worth the effort. I especially liked how the author subtly tied experiences within the book to fairy tales we have grown up with. My only real criticism which leads to to a 4.5 rating rather than a 5 is how the final ...more
Karina
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Kali Katzmann
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome awesome awesome book! For anyone who appreciates a book with strong female characters, sexy and intelligent men, Disney references, fantasy and magic....this is the book for you! And that is really just the tip of the iceberg. I read this book in ONE NIGHT. I could not put it down, and I was crazy tired the next day. I didn't care though. This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. Which is wonderful and frustrating :) Hannah West -- write faster!!! I need more books.

This is
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USOM
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I loved about Realm of Ruins is that it looks about the cost of ambitions and the price of the rules when they are broken. It's almost like a mixture of Beauty and the Beast with The Little Mermaid and more! It feels like this blending of stories you know, but always with a new twist, a different option - another ending. One of the things I adore about this book is that
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Caleb Bollenbacher
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent story from Nissera! Timely yet timeless; classic but approachable; familiar and fresh all at once. I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking to scratch that fantasy itch!
Fyre.Katz
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed most of this book, but the ending left me feeling sort of disappointed, how this big bad was swatted pretty much like a moth. I like that the fae people were in the story. I sort of wanted more but hey their people aren't like that. The romance was good since it wasn't like love at first sight or anything and grew from something. And that ending about the beauty and the beast... I need that in my life... that needs to be written next- you hear me! So yup the story and characters were ...more
Teresa Bateman
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hannah West returns to the Realm of Nissera, first introduced in "Kingdom of Ash and Briars." While you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, it is also exceptional, and clearly defines her world and the magic that permeates it. This book takes place a hundred years later. Elicromancer magic still holds power, but Valory has no magic. That is, until a terrible incident that costs the life os someone she loves, and gives her unusual powers. In the meantime an ancient evil is ...more
Destiny Bridwell
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is the companion book to the first installment in the series. There is little reference to the book and the FMC is related to the hero of the first book. This one takes place about 100 years after the first one and can be read as a standalone. Other them that the book is very story and action driven. I had not problem finishing this book in one setting. I had to know what happened. I am ready for the next one in the series. ...more
Anika G.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewers
Realm of Ruins is a really good book with a strong plot. It explained the characters so thoroughly that I did not even know that it was the second book in a series. However, I think that people should read the first book in the series to fully understand what's going on.
Neonila
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book, and this series in general, wasn't quite what I expected. I was kind of disappointed, really.

The writing was decent and so were the characters, but it all fell kind of flat. I was bored and confused at times, which lead me to not being really interested and invested in what was happening.

Overall, I don't think this was a bad book, per se. It just felt like a foundation of what it should have been. Someone else might actually love this book, but it wasn't my thing.
Sarah
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Realm of Ruins took everything I loved about Kingdom of Ash and Briars--the complex characters, unique magic system, awesome antagonists, and gorgeous writing--and amped it all up. West's latest novel is dark and intense, with intricate plotting and an underdog main character you'll love to cheer on.
Jessica
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e
I tried. I read way more than I should have but I just couldn't keep reading. DNF.
 Debra (WifeEclectic)
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
More like 4.5. I really liked this book. Well written.
Teenreadsdotcom
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
As both the companion and the second book in the Nissera Chronicles, REALM OF RUINS takes place a century after the events of the first book: KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS. You absolutely can pick this book up without reading the first book as the events of REALM OF RUINS vary a great deal from the first book. Our main heroine is Valory Braiosa. She attends an elicromancer school until she stumbles into a powerful magic and awakes a dangerous evil. Mentions of our favorite KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS ...more
Michelle
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Realm of Ruins by Hannah West was sent to me by Holiday House. It was never on my radar, but I'm extremely grateful that I crossed paths with it, because it is a marvelous story.

"The first kingdom he destroyed by plague, the second by vanity and decadence. The third he destroyed by wielding its own craving for power. But the new queens rebuilt the realm from its ruins. And it will never be destroyed."

Realm of Ruins is the second in The Nissera Chronicles series. You do not have to read the first
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Nay Denise
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received a copy for review.

Such a beautiful YA fantasy that pays homage to classics such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. This was action packed, drama filled and held many plot twists that created such a beautiful world and well-rounded characters. I could not put this book down hence why I read it so quickly.

This is the second book in a series, but it's a companion novel. You don't have to read book one, Kingdom of Ash and Briars, as the sequel will tell you all you need to know
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Emma (Miss Print)
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
"Please let me be powerful."

Trouble follows Valory Braiosa wherever she goes.

Raised in Calgoran during the Age of the Accords, Valory is surrounded by elicrin magic and elicromancers. As a descendant of the legendary Queen Bristal and King Anthony, everyone assumes Valory will become a powerful elicromancer herself. But now she is almost at the end of her time at the Academy with no signs of power manifesting. With her chances of receiving an elicrin stone from the Water dwindling, Valory is
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Hannah West is the author of The Nissera Chronicles. She's always loved writing about magic and fairytales, but her time studying abroad in Orléans, France inspired her to finally write and publish a fantasy novel. She's a freelance writer living in Texas with her husband and their rambunctious dogs.

Other books in the series

The Nissera Chronicles (3 books)
  • Kingdom of Ash and Briars (The Nissera Chronicles, #1)
  • Palace of Silver (The Nissera Chronicles, #3)