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(Kingdoms of Earth & Air #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Whomsoever draws the sword from the ancient seat of this land shall rule it, and they shall bring peace and prosperity to its people.

For nearly a thousand years, the first-born son of every Cannamore King has drawn the sword, and the land and her people have indeed prospered.

Princess Nyx Bel-Hannon is neither male nor first-born, but it is her hand that draws the sword rat
ebook, 413 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by PTY LTD
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May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favourites

I love that Kingdoms of Earth & Air are each a separate story in its own right but set in the same world. Unlit was a fantastic book, I loved every single page, chapter and emotion that I experienced and then along came Cursed to steal the thunder and glory!

I loved the characters, Nyx and Donal were amazing, not too 'full on' or 'in your face' but definitely strong and both desirable!

This story was full of edge of your seat emotions and OMG nail biting moments! I was think
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

I had to force myself to continue reading this book at several points, I was just that bored. The plot went something like this (no real spoilers):

-Interesting abusive family dynamics
-Meet warlord
-Travel somewhere else, this might still be interesting?
-Ok, maybe not. Lots and lots of talk about the earth and wind and bipeds
-A really obvious double-crosser
-More boring earth/wind/bipeds
-Finally getting back to the interesting family dynamics!
-Nope, just kidding, more earth/wind/bipeds
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
Books seldom make me want to pick the author's brain, but I just have so many questions! In a good way

These books feel so Like people went to a planet, forgot and started anew. It is fantasy with big guns. Now when I have read two books I have started to wonder, do they put all their energy and time into military tech (since they have no phones or well tv ;) They are constantly under attack and have been so for hundreds of years. Of course all they do then is military tech. See, I so wan
Nov 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm confused how this story ties in with the first book of the series. It sounds cool but I'm not getting the connection.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The ending was a bit of a letdown.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Cursed is the second book in Keri Arthur’s Kingdoms of Earth & Air fantasy series; however, the other than taking place in the same world has the first book, it is a standalone story with no real ties to Unlit. We are introduced to Nyx, the princess and rightful heir of Cannamore. But since a female has never ruled the kingdom, her tyrannical father and sadistic brother have hidden the truth, keeping Nyx as a slave, used by the courtesans and tortured if she tries to speak the truth.

Lord Donnal
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Nyx is a very strong person, she needed it with the family she was born into. Her father and brother were horrid. The more that I learned what they did to her the more that I wanted Nyx to get payback. It was great when that happened in the end and boy, did she get her payback in a big way!

I was iffy on Donal at first. But as the book went on he was there for Nyx time and time again. The two of them were able to figure out what was going on, the threat coming to them all and had each other's bac
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had such a good start. I really enjoyed the writing and the MC, she wasn't annoying and she got straight to the point.
There are a few thibgs I didn't like about this book, and they are:
1. The tone of the book was confusing. We had Sci Fi (set in the future with advance technology), fantasy (magic) and a vibe for historical fiction (this was due to set in a time where they also have a monarchy instead of a government, rather then historical events ). It is interesting to see all of tho
Douglas Meeks
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
What did I not love about this story, it was more like a much more horrible Cinderella story. While Donal and Nyx made a great couple they were more of a partnership to survive than anything else for most of the book.

I have to admit I am a total "revenge junkie" and that is what attracted me to the book and I got some but she had been treated so badly I was more in the camp of "kill'em all and let God sort them out" but our heroine was just a small bit more lucid than I would have been.

The story
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
There was too many parallels between the first and second series.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it even more than the first one.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different couple from the previous book, but just as good.
Anne - Books of My Heart
This was a totally confusing book at the start. The characters from book 1 don't seem to be here. I'm uncertain about the connection to the first book. Either I need to go back and read the first book or the connection at this point is tenuous.

Once I got past the first 15% of trying to find some connection, other than the types of magic, I got into the story and it was very good. (I even went back to Unlit and searched character names on the Kindle version- nada.)

I love Nyx our heroine. This s
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audio, scifi
This one had a bit more romance in it than the first one did, but it was still an engaging read and I enjoyed the narrator.

Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good start. Boring middle. Unconvincing ending. And the bipeds! Oh, the bipeds. I still have only a vague idea what they look like. Two legs, though!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Nyx is my kind of heroine, smart, driven, brave despite her fears, and out for revenge on those who’ve wronged her. She’s been held captive by restraint bracelets and abused by her father the king, all because she had the temerity to go after what she deserved, by pulling the King’s Sword out of the Glass Throne. That should have made her the king’s heir, but heaven forbid a woman take the throne. No it had to be her twin brother Vin, and the king and her brother used deception to make ...more
Blood Rose Books
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book in Keri Arthur's Earth and Air series, Unlit is the first book but there is no connection to the first books in the series. I enjoyed the first, so if you can pick it up too.

Keri Arthur enters back into the world of Earth and Air but something is draining the Earth of it's magic:

Whomever draws the sword from the Glass Throne is destined to be the next ruler and bring peace and prosperity to Cannamore. For thousands of years that individual was the first born son but Princ
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

3.5 stars

This is the second book in the Kingdoms of Earth & Air series by Keri Arthur. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Unlit. I liked the world that Arthur had created. I liked the characters. I thought this was an urban fantasy series where we would follow the same character throughout the series. This is actually a paranormal romance where we have a different couple in each book. I don’t mind paranor
Shelley Nolan
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the series, Cursed opens with a gut wrenching bang and it does not let up until the last page. Though set in the same world as the first book, it features a new main character and is on a different continent. Nyx is the despised princess of Cannamore, forced into that position by her ruthless father and brother to hide the fact she is the true heir to the glass throne. The depths of her suffering over the past twelve years is slowly revealed, as is the strength of her desire f ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing addition to the Kingdoms of Earth and Air

I LOVED the first book in this series and was delighted when my pre-order hit my Kindle yesterday. In order to refresh my memory I re-read the first book and then devoured the second. I was quite surprised that the second book is not a direct continuation of the first. It is set in the same world as the first book but set in a different kingdom with a different enemy. All the same magic rules apply, as does the geography but it is set in a place w
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kara Callahan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this book with some trepidation. I'm not sure why. I guess I thought I might not like it. Well, I loved it. It drew me in and kept my interest throughout. I hated Nyx's father and brother and wanted them to die. I was so angry for her! The only thing that keeps this book from 5 stars is the level of detail in these books. Sometimes there is SO much, it is difficult to understand what is going on.
-i am confused as to how this novel relates to the first one in the series.

-the 'string of fire' seems a blatant copy of the ring of fire on earth. yet its unclear if this series this is earth or some alien planet or anything.

"no amount of pleasure can ever justify the denial of choice, Marttia. in using the power of the bracelets to make me do as you wished rather than simply asking, you went against all teachings of the goddess."
This basically reads as a spin-off series from the first book. New country, new characters, no cross overs or meet ups. It was an amazing fantasy book, but beyond the bad guys everything was new. I missed the old crew, but loved this book on its own too. Don’t go in expecting a continuation of the first book.
I enjoyed Cursed a lot more than Unlit. I like that Cursed is not a direct continuation of the first book Unlit. It is set in the same world as the first book but set in a different kingdom with a different enemy.
A really good story, with strong characters, and a fantastic imaginative world that really draws you in. It is Well worth reading.
K.A. Fox
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A threat waits in a land that's already been corrupted from within. A Princess is scorned when fate chooses her over her brother. Magic wanes, withdrawing from the King as he leads his kingdom away from the law that has protected them all these years. Murder in the past, pain in the future. Is there any chance for happiness even if the oncoming hoard is defeated? Only the Wind knows.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read this book twice. And, I have loved it more the second time. I didn't think that was possible. Overcoming evil is what we all deal with. Betrayal is another every person has to suffer. The main character rises above all of that and faces her own inner wounds with honesty and grace. And saves the 🌎 too!
Lex Brown
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Grab your tissues

Another awesome book. I cried, sat on the edge of my seat and lost sleep! Loved the books them and loved Nyx and Donal it is a happily ever after but wow to get there!
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a good choice...

A world created by Keri Arthur is always exciting, entertaining and will leave you wanting more. So pour a cup of your favorite beverage, curl up in a comfortable chair and prepare yourself to be entertainrd.
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs

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