Did they break the curse or begin one? Sleeping Beauty's dark sorceress reclaims her story in this sequel to Malice.
The Dark Grace is dead.
Feared and despised for the sinister power in her veins, Alyce has spent 100 years wreaking her revenge on the kingdom that made her an outcast. Once a realm of decadence and beauty, Briar is now wholly Alyce's wicked domain. No one escapes the consequences of her wrath.
Not even the one person who holds her heart.
Princess Aurora saw through Alyce's thorny facade, earning a love that promised the dawn of a new age. But that love came with a heavy price: Aurora now sleeps under a curse that even Alyce's vast power cannot seem to break, and their dream of the world they would have built together is nothing but ash.
Alyce vows to do anything to wake the woman she loves, even if it means descending into the monster Briar believed her to be. But could Aurora ever love the villain Alyce has become?
Or is true love only for fairy tales?
Walter brings her debut duology to an unhappy close with this moody, jam-packed sequel, set 100 years after events of Malice. The kingdom of Briar has fallen to the fury of Alyce, a Vila, or dark sorceress. With Regan, another Vila and potential love interest, at her side, Alyce makes it her mission to provide refuge to dark creatures among them goblins, demons, and imps that are reviled by the rest of the world just as she was once reviled by Briar. Any humans who survived Alyce's ascension have been bound as servants, and the remaining Graces, benevolent fae, are imprisoned. Meanwhile, Alyce does everything she can to try to wake her love, the sleeping Princess Aurora including using the miraculous blood of the Graces but she refuses to consider the one surefire way to break the curse. With tensions rising between the Fae and the Dark Court, Alyce finds herself caught between her kingdom and the woman she loves. The introduction of Regan's character is promising, but goes nowhere, and the story's ending, while logical, will leave fans who've invested in Alyce and Briar feeling cheated. Still, the many twists and dark moral questions keep the pages flying. Agent: Laura Crockett, Triada US.