“What a pretty flower to keep locked in a big, rocky tower.”
Nineteen years ago, I was plucked from the heart of a bloody massacre that spared nobody else.
Now ward to a powerful High Master who knows too much and says too little, I lead a simple life, never straying from the confines of an imaginary line I’ve drawn around the castle grounds.
Stay within. Never leave.
Out there, the monsters lurk. Inside, I’m safe … though at a cost far greater than the blood I drip into a goblet daily.
Toxic, unreciprocated love for a man who’s utterly unavailable.
My savior. My protector.
My almost executioner.
I can’t help but be enamored with the arcane man who holds the power to pull my roots from the ground.
When voracious beasts spill across the land and threaten to fray the fabric of my tailored existence, the petals of reality will peel back to reveal an ugly truth. But in a castle puddled with secrets, none are greater than the one I’ve kept from myself.
No tower is tall enough to protect me from the horror that tore my life to shreds.To Bleed a Crystal Bloom is a dark Rapunzel reimagining full of immersive imagery and breathtaking angst. A unique new fantasy series perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout, guaranteed to grip you from the very first page.
Thank you so much to Turn the Page Tours and author Sarah A. Parker for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The rest of the tour schedule can be found below!
I have definitely been finding myself delving more into adult fantasy lately and To Bleed a Crystal Bloom did not disappoint at all. I really enjoyed the attention to detail that Parker had in constructing her story as well as the care that the author took to develop Orlaith as a character. As this is not a young adult fantasy, there is a quite a bit of world-building, which I loved. I definitely foresee myself reading the rest of this series as the author releases them. I am not sure how I feel about Rhordyn yet, but I am pretty sure I will be able to get a better feel of him in future books.
The retelling aspect of this story was for sure the icing on the cake. This was not a direct retelling by any means, but the way Parker took the story and twisted it to become much darker and adult-oriented was just so fresh and surprising. I enjoy a retelling just as much as the next person, but an adult retelling is just the best. The synopsis is current in that if you love Jennifer L. Armentrout, then you will love this book too. The second book in this series cannot come fast enough.
Giveaway closes September 5th at 11:59PM CST
Meet the Author
Sarah is an international bestselling author who also writes under the pen name S.A. Parker.
She lives in Australia with her husband and children, and spends her days with her nose in a book or her mind in a world of her own creation.
Her genre of choice is epic fantasy romance, and she thrives off dreaming up complex characters and immersive worlds to get lost amongst.
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