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To Target the Heart

(Spellster #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  14 reviews
How can he win with the odds stacked against him?

Prince Hamish has no interest in fulfilling his duty of marrying. Not to a woman, at least. That doesn’t stop his mother, Queen Fiona, from presenting him with every eligible noblewoman that enters their castle. He’s certain it’ll be no different with the representative of the Udynea Empire.
So when they do arrive, Hamish is
Kindle Edition, 598 pages
Published April 15th 2020
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Joyfully Jay
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

This well-paced fantasy is engaging and entertaining from page one. Hamish and Darshan are wonderfully rendered characters and really the strong point of the book. Both men are fully developed and vibrantly relatable. Hamish especially tugs at the heartstrings. His loneliness is painful to read and he’s been forced to live half a life, which I found heartbreaking. I found it impossible not to champion their love story and, despite the fact they only know one anothe
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A follow up to In Pain and Blood, To Target the Heart takes place in the same fantasy world of spellsters, elves, and dwarves but has little to do with its predecessor. It shares no characters or plot threats, so it isn’t necessary to read In Pain and Blood first.
I feel about this book much the same way I felt about the first Spellster book. I liked the writing, I enjoyed the characters, I do not understand the insistence on having such intense homophobia in a fantasy setting, and I found the se
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hamish is a prince. Because of his preference for men, his mother, the queen, keeps him under her thumb. The only outlet he has is hunting.

Darshan is a envoy from another country, also a prince, with the same preference for men.
Darshan’s country is much more open to his lifestyle. He doesn’t understand the rigidity of the people in Hamish’s home. Darshan is vibrant, outspoken, beautiful, a spellster, and very interested in Hamish.

Great book, excellent characters. Very complex storyline. Magic of
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What I Think: First, I simply adore world-building. I’m a fantasy, magic, and paranormal addict through and through, so without further ado (and crossing all crossable limbs that I’ll be unbiased) Ladies, Gentlemen and those of you yet to make up their mind, I bid you welcome to Mullhind where the Queen is desperately trying to marry off her 37-year-old son who seems to be a confirmed bachelor. Only for him to be sent a different gender from the mother’s latest schemes. The Queen is mad for whic ...more
Freida Kilmari
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story with heartbreaking truths and fantastical adventures.

This book blew my mind. I'll admit, I wasn't expecting much. I don't know the author, it only had a single review on Amazon, and I got it for free as part of a group promo I was in. But boy was a sucked in hook, line, and sinker.

This book has some meat to it. 😉 Hahaha (oh, I crack myself up). But seriously, this book is LONG. It took me three solid days of reading to get through, so there is a lot to this. You're getting so
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this because I've read multiple fanfics in different fandoms with the same premise, depending on the level of seriousness the lover was often a servant or arrived disguised as a princess. (view spoiler) I usually enjoy those.

English is not my first language so I often have problems with books that includes unusual words, I had to reread a few lines but it wasn't too difficult an I still understood well a
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great addition to the Spellster world! I read the first book in the series a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Although this is the second book in the series, you don't need to read the first one to understand what's happening since it takes place in a different country with different characters (although I would still highly recommend it). It was great to see other parts of the world, and I'm really looking forward to seeing Udynea in the next book!

One of my favorite things about
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the imagination of this book. Rich landscapes and diverse characters are a strong point. The MC are wonderful. You can practically feel their attraction jump off the page. The mother however, well you can feel her too but she’s awful. The story is great. I felt fully immersed in this world. I am definitely going back to read book 1 and will continue the series
Belinda Zamora
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Epic fantasy with a dash of romance

A wonderfully compelling plot with multidimensional characters that drew me in and kept me thoroughly engaged.
A horrific villain of a mother, political intrigue, action and adventure.
I loved that the characters were complete opposites and worked together to develop their relationship.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely an improvement over the first one in terms of plot and pacing. And I'm really looking forward to the next one. Darshan's homeland sounds awesome. Not the slavery part but everything else. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed reading this book and getting drawn into the world. As Hamish gains experience from being around Darshan. There are some hurdles for them to overcome.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a mildly-interesting story but, just as things were starting to heat up a bit, the story ended with an invitation to download further chapters. I downloaded this “book” from Prolific Works and, if there had been any indication that it wasn’t a complete work, I wouldn’t have bothered to download it.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Had a nice beginning and sort of the middle but at the 75% mark, I started to lose interest and started to skim to the end. I thought it was way too long. Dialogue and subplots dragged on and the ending wasn't satisfying. ...more
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Aldrea Alien is a multi-award-winning, USA Today Bestselling, bisexual and genderfluid author from New Zealand. She writes fantasy romance of varying heat levels and sexualities.

She grew up on a small farm out the back blocks of a place known as Wainuiomata alongside a menagerie of animals, who are all convinced they're just as human as the next person (espe

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“Preference," Hamish grumbled. "I've never liked that word. It always comes with the intonation that another option is still viable.” 1 likes
“You ever wonder what our lives could've been like if we were nae like this?"
Darshan frowned. "You mean if I was not myself? Or if you did not have to keep an integral piece of you secret from the wider world? Which one are you trying to ask?”
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