Book Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court by M.J. ScottTitle: The Shattered Court
Series: The Four Arts, Book 1
Author: M.J. Scott
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: bought
Published: April 28, 2015 by Roc

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.

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Reviewed by: Monica

Why I Read This Book: I was bored, at the bookstore, wanting a fantasy, and the cover drew me in.

In a Nutshell: Super powerful with has to save her own skin when the world flips over.

What I Liked: I loved the world Ms. Scott created. I loved the witches and how they come to power. And despite my best efforts I loved Cam. He is selfish and haughty but I adored him and how much he truly knows what sort of gift he's been given in Sophie. Ms. Scott created a world in rich sensual details. Like reading Henry VIII period with witch's and magic. It was a treat to read.

What I Didn't Like: It must be a pattern these days...but the ending. The book seems to only just be beginning (especially for a fantasy novel) when the thing ended. There was no happy for now ending, you just get a cliff hanger and I hate those. This book needed to be twice its size to really be captivating...and it certainly could be.

Overall Impression: Decent fantasy beginning but...needed to be way longer.

Monica’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

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