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Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic. A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromance Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic. A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities. Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back. Weaving together her imaginative world of gritty fairytale magic with snippets from Beauty and the Beast and other classic stories, Hannah West’s dark and dangerous adventure is a gripping, immersive companion to her acclaimed debut, Kingdom of Ash and Briars. This richly packaged edition includes an illustrated family tree, detailed map, and embossed jacket with shimmering metallic effects.


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Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic. A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromance Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic. A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities. Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back. Weaving together her imaginative world of gritty fairytale magic with snippets from Beauty and the Beast and other classic stories, Hannah West’s dark and dangerous adventure is a gripping, immersive companion to her acclaimed debut, Kingdom of Ash and Briars. This richly packaged edition includes an illustrated family tree, detailed map, and embossed jacket with shimmering metallic effects.

30 review for Realm of Ruins

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    This is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars, but you definitely don't need to read that first. There are some references to events in the distant past that might spoil parts of the first book, but otherwise you could totally follow this story on its own since it reads like a standalone. This had SO many YA fantasy elements I love that I was freaking out in the first half. The story was like everything I wanted to see... There's a magic school, a test of powers, a council with their ow This is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars, but you definitely don't need to read that first. There are some references to events in the distant past that might spoil parts of the first book, but otherwise you could totally follow this story on its own since it reads like a standalone. This had SO many YA fantasy elements I love that I was freaking out in the first half. The story was like everything I wanted to see... There's a magic school, a test of powers, a council with their own plans, a heroine who's uncertain about her powers, and elements of different fairy tales (like Beauty and the Beast & The Little Mermaid) blended into this original story in the most creative ways! The setup is amazing and the writing is strong, but something lost me towards the middle. I pushed to finish the book though, and it did grab my interest again by the end! It reminded me a bit of the Seven Realms series, an amazing story @reverieandink wrote, The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, Furyborn, The Queen's Rising, and Shadow & Bone, so check it out if you like any of those or fairy tale retellings! Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    “These words were intended to be spoken amid joyous revelers, but somehow they were more precious whispered in the shadows of rebellion.” Realm of Ruins is a thrilling fantasy adventure that although not wholly unique, is quite enjoyable to read through and presents some intriguing situations that push the line about what is heroic or not. With so many fantasy elements and various bits of well-known fairy-tales sprinkled throughout, I unfortunately couldn’t help but feel that the story is a t “These words were intended to be spoken amid joyous revelers, but somehow they were more precious whispered in the shadows of rebellion.” Realm of Ruins is a thrilling fantasy adventure that although not wholly unique, is quite enjoyable to read through and presents some intriguing situations that push the line about what is heroic or not. With so many fantasy elements and various bits of well-known fairy-tales sprinkled throughout, I unfortunately couldn’t help but feel that the story is a tad oversaturated. Many exciting situations are brought about, but none are discussed in great depth. A shame, since I would’ve loved to have seen these retellings as more prevalent plot devices. The story is what you would expect from a fantasy adventure, with our band of heroes trekking from points A to B to C, defeating numerous foes along the way. Despite its length, this fast-paced novel never drags, and concludes on a wonderfully ambiguous high note! An eye-catching world and magic system. If you know me, then you’d know that I live, breathe, and worship immersive fantasy worlds. I’m glad to inform you all that, West does a stunning job of constructing a high fantasy world that is simple to understand, yet intricate in all the best ways. The politics that trot out to play between the nobles, kingdoms, and Conclave is fascinating, and I absolutely devoured it. I also love the idea of the magical academy where the elicromancers train. As I mentioned above, I wish there weren’t so many elements that were included, but didn’t hold much value. Time travel, fairies, mermaids, curses, etc. are all displayed, but fail to be significant instruments in the outcome of the story. Ultimately, it felt as though their chief role is to protract the adventure. At its heart, this story is about power and the alluring, yet corruptible properties it encompasses. The characters and romance aren’t very remarkable, save Valory who has lovely development, but I admire the symbols of them more than anything. A plethora of the cast is affected in various ways by magic. For some, it’s a source of power, to wield in the palm of one’s hand – a mere tool in fulfilling selfish desires or inflicting pain upon the less fortunate. For others, a source of healing, and connection to those we love. It’s also perceived as a means to being accepted, a curse that can’t control, a facade that shadows true appearances, and most notably, a method in which to judge a person’s worth. Would I label this as Middle Grade? I tend to label things against my better judgement, but despite a few violent battles depicted, I would consider this read as more of a Middle Grade story than Young Adult. The general flow of the narrative and simple, yet charming characters, radiates vibes from this genre! I truly had a fun time reading this one, and think it’s the perfect read for anyone seeking a pleasant fantasy adventure. Buddy read with Breanna! ❤ I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Hannah West's Realm of Ruins is the companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars. The story takes place 100 years after Kingdom of Ash and Briars so, no, you won't find any of the original characters making any sort of guest appearances. West introduces readers to a new heroine, 17-year old Valory Braiosa. Valory is a direct descendant of Bristal, the heroine of the first installment. The installment which firs *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Hannah West's Realm of Ruins is the companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars. The story takes place 100 years after Kingdom of Ash and Briars so, no, you won't find any of the original characters making any sort of guest appearances. West introduces readers to a new heroine, 17-year old Valory Braiosa. Valory is a direct descendant of Bristal, the heroine of the first installment. The installment which first introduced readers to the immortal elicromancers and the Water which grants immortality & elicrin stones to the one who the water chooses. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Buchanan

    I just finished reading an early copy of Realm of Ruins, and I could not "put it down" (as it were). The story hits the ground running and maintains a quick pace while still allowing for plenty of time getting to know the characters and how their journeys affect them. My favorite types of stories are the ones where you can't begin to guess where the story is headed next, compelling me to keep flipping the page and unfolding new corners of its world, and that is exactly what RoR does here. I love I just finished reading an early copy of Realm of Ruins, and I could not "put it down" (as it were). The story hits the ground running and maintains a quick pace while still allowing for plenty of time getting to know the characters and how their journeys affect them. My favorite types of stories are the ones where you can't begin to guess where the story is headed next, compelling me to keep flipping the page and unfolding new corners of its world, and that is exactly what RoR does here. I loved it's predecessor, Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and the world it built. Realm of Ruins capitalizes on everything we loved in the first book while managing to tell a completely new story. It's familiar, yet totally different, with well crafted and compelling characters (per usual). Hannah West has a unique talent for writing complex, strong, nuanced heroines; that's not at all missing from this story. Keep an eye out for this one and grab it ASAP when it's available, I definitely recommend it. (And if you haven't yet read Kingdom of Ash and Briars, I urge you to get yourself a copy!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eileen (BookCatPin)

    I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars when it came out in 2016 and felt it was such an underrated book. So when news of a companion book came out I was very excited! Nissera is a place I'd more than love to revisit. Realm of Ruins was amazing. Once again the fairytale mash-ups had me mesmerized. They were less relevant in this book than in the previous novel but the ones that were present were easily identifiable. I never knew which was going to pop up and the anticipation made it all the more fun to I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars when it came out in 2016 and felt it was such an underrated book. So when news of a companion book came out I was very excited! Nissera is a place I'd more than love to revisit. Realm of Ruins was amazing. Once again the fairytale mash-ups had me mesmerized. They were less relevant in this book than in the previous novel but the ones that were present were easily identifiable. I never knew which was going to pop up and the anticipation made it all the more fun to see. There were some romances which I thought was just enough to swoon over~ It's such a pleasure being back in Nissera. Even though its political climate has vastly changed, my favourite elicromancer magic was as present as ever. The magic and its users were strictly monitored because simply possessing a unique elicrin stone can bring one great power and honour. Much of Realm of Ruins revolved around this notion. The well-constructed but complicated governing body also played a huge role in the overall story. On a mission to save the world Valory and company were an interesting bunch to follow. The ambitious yet timid Valory and annoying but loyal Glisette were total bad asses by the end of the book! Their journey is better experienced alongside them so I won't say much except that danger was everywhere and failing was not an option. The only underwhelming part of Realm of Ruins was the big villain. He was talked about throughout the story but really only appeared for a brief bit. Don't get me wrong, I love how the story turned out but I wanted more out of the climax given all the tense buildup and doomsday emotions. The change in POV in the epilogue makes me curious if it holds a special purpose. Maybe another story from the somewhat loose end(s)? I hope it's a hint but that could just be me reading too much into it because I want more from this gorgeous world :P Fantasy lovers, Hannah West is definitely an author to read! Kingdom of Ash and Briars proved it and now Realm of Ruins has further solidified this. I can't wait for more whether it's in the world of Nissera or something brand new!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher. Buddy read with Kelly at Another Book in the Wall! 💕 Realm of Ruins is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briar, and while there are a few references to the previous book, you can definitely enjoy this without reading it and understand everything that is happening! One of the things I liked best about Realm of Ruins, was that the action started right away, quickly pulling you into the book. There is so many elements of THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher. Buddy read with Kelly at Another Book in the Wall! 💕 Realm of Ruins is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briar, and while there are a few references to the previous book, you can definitely enjoy this without reading it and understand everything that is happening! One of the things I liked best about Realm of Ruins, was that the action started right away, quickly pulling you into the book. There is so many elements of fantasy (especially YA fantasy) in this that I really love: magic, fairy-tale retellings, quests, hidden powers. Hannah West does a great job introducing the world and magic system in a way that is understandably, and yet without long passages of info dumps. The Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid aspects of the story were intricately woven into the plot, although I do wish those parts of the story had been expanded upon a bit. The action and the characters are the main driving force of the story. The book is non-stop action and adventuring from the beginning, so the story was able to hold my attention throughout the novel. I also really enjoyed the characters and their contributions to the story, which also helped keep me engaged and interested. I absolutely loved how the story ended. To me, the last chapter seemed a bit ambiguous – especially in regards to Valory – and I was totally digging it. I almost wish the book had ended there, instead of with the epilogue, because I think it would have been a stronger finish. The epilogue didn’t focus as much as closer for the characters as I would have liked and I really feel like there were a few loose ends that needed wrapping up. I’m not sure if it was the author’s intention or not, but it almost feels like another book is possible in the future? If so, I look forward to it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    Realm of Ruins by Hannah West is the companion novel to her first book Kingdom of Ash and Briars and part of the Nissera Chronicles series. If you like your stories to have a fairytale feel, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR stack. Our main character in this story is Valory, a descendant the main character from Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and she attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts.  Unfortunately for Valory, she hasn’t felt any magic in herself a Realm of Ruins by Hannah West is the companion novel to her first book Kingdom of Ash and Briars and part of the Nissera Chronicles series. If you like your stories to have a fairytale feel, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR stack. Our main character in this story is Valory, a descendant the main character from Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and she attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts.  Unfortunately for Valory, she hasn’t felt any magic in herself and being surrounded by a family who has a lot of magical power, she feels a bit like she doesn’t fit. When something horrible happens, Valory comes to possess a dark power that she can’t really control, and the Realm Alliance isn’t taking any chances with her. When she is required to leave her home and puts her on a dangerous path. As Valory is forced to leave her home, she finds out that she isn’t really safe anywhere she goes. Her first problem occurs when it is discovered that Prince Devorian, one of the Lorenthi’s and a relative, has released something evil, Valory is determined to fix something she had a role in bringing about. When she gets to Beyrian, and her neutralizer ends up dead, she is forced to leave before the Realm Alliance can blame her for something she didn’t have any part in. And these are only things that happened in the first half of the book. There are a lot of characters in this story. There are Melkior, Ivria, and Anders who we are introduced to at Valory’s school – all cousins to her. Then there are the Lorenthi siblings who play a role in Valory’s story. Rayed and Kadri, brother and sister as well as friends to Valory. One of the other key people, Mercer, is a mysterious stranger that Valory ends up finding injured during her travels to Beyrian. I loved how West brought together a group of characters who, in normal circumstances, might not have been able to accomplish what they set out to do together and forced them to work together. A lot happens in this book and I can’t tell you everything. Valory’s growth and determination are at the center of the entire story as she goes from being a girl who wants power and to fit in at the beginning of the book to being someone who has grown into what she has been given and is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect those she loves. She also learns who she can really trust within her family and it may not necessarily be who she originally thought it would be. The world that West has developed here was interesting and well developed. I thought the way the Moth King’s story unfolded was interesting and kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen. Add to that the fact that the group is facing more than just the danger of the Moth King throughout the story, there seems to be something dangerous to face with every new chapter. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There isn't much more I can say without potentially giving something away, so I will stop here. As I mentioned, this is a companion to the first book so while you don’t necessarily have to read that one to follow along with this book, there are references back to Bristal and what happened. If you are looking for a fantasy that weaves in bits of fairytales, focuses on magic, and has some interesting characters, definitely consider checking this one out. I will be looking forward to seeing West writes next. Thank you to the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)

    I AM HYPER-VENTILATING RIGHT NOW! I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! THIS IS EVERYTHING I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Whitney

    I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars so much, I was so excited when this was announced! The cover is absolutely gorgeous! "The bastard is welcome to fight me for it." We're introduced to Valory, a descendent of the great Bristal who saved Nissera from the dark elicromancer Tamarice. Valory while having elicromancer blood, shows no spark of magic, that by all rights she should possess in droves. Things have changed a bit since Bristal's time and not everyone has the right to attempt the water and see I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars so much, I was so excited when this was announced! The cover is absolutely gorgeous! "The bastard is welcome to fight me for it." We're introduced to Valory, a descendent of the great Bristal who saved Nissera from the dark elicromancer Tamarice. Valory while having elicromancer blood, shows no spark of magic, that by all rights she should possess in droves. Things have changed a bit since Bristal's time and not everyone has the right to attempt the water and see if they are deemed worthy and survive. A board at the academy decides those worthy to attempt the waters, they're given approval to make the final step. In an event to try to save her cousin's life, something goes strangely wrong, the water disappears and while her cousin does not survive the water, Valory emerges with extraordinary destructive power but no elicrin stone. In the confusion she gets blames for a series of crimes of which she did not commit. Facing banishment or execution she flees, hoping she can find out what really happened and clear her name. An ancient enemy arrives, a prophecy begins to unravel. a boy from another time as her guide. Valory becomes the key to stopping the oncoming destruction. Not everyone is what they seem, there's so much more at work here than Valory could dream of. This book is big on plot twists, obstacles, mad dashes, eldritch creatures, hints of classic fairy tales mixed in. Corruption of power, ultimate evil, a hideous beast, enchanted mirrors, a prophecy, plague, princesses, magic, a little bit of love, and the rising of a new power. I really loved this! And I'm really hoping that the Epilogue will mean there's more to Nissera to look forward to!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    I was thrilled to be able to pick up the second book immediately after the first and stay in this world. I'll gather my thoughts and write my review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Realm of Ruins (Nissera Chronicles #2) by Hannah West, 464 pages. Holiday House, December 2018. $19. Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH In the ages since Bristal was thrown into the pond and discovered her elicrin powers, elicrin powers have been harnessed, tamed, and doled out to those “in favor”. Valory only meant to support her best friend as she underwent her trial, but Valory touches the Waters and destroys t Realm of Ruins (Nissera Chronicles #2) by Hannah West, 464 pages. Holiday House, December 2018. $19. Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH In the ages since Bristal was thrown into the pond and discovered her elicrin powers, elicrin powers have been harnessed, tamed, and doled out to those “in favor”. Valory only meant to support her best friend as she underwent her trial, but Valory touches the Waters and destroys them, along with killing her friend. Drawn into plots deeper than she can ever imagine, powerful people from the present and the past weave plots within plots. Only three people in all the realms trust Valory’s twisted, different powers. Everyone else is out to capture or kill her. Huzzah! West is a master weaver of stories! I can’t imagine that there are only two books in this series, but where she will go from here I have absolutely no idea! There is a great scene when Valory encounters Callista, Bristol’s mother, whose elicrin power is to create time portals. Cindy, Middle School Librarian https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    After finishing Kingdom of Ash and Briars, I was super excited to pick this book up. Realm of Ruins is a continuation of the series, but it is its own standalone book. I really liked this story. It was so reminiscent of the first one, but completely was its own story. Again, with this book, the flawless transition into the fairy tales didn’t feel forced and each had a place in the story for a reason. The seamlessness that West appears to include them is astounding. Again, this was something that After finishing Kingdom of Ash and Briars, I was super excited to pick this book up. Realm of Ruins is a continuation of the series, but it is its own standalone book. I really liked this story. It was so reminiscent of the first one, but completely was its own story. Again, with this book, the flawless transition into the fairy tales didn’t feel forced and each had a place in the story for a reason. The seamlessness that West appears to include them is astounding. Again, this was something that I enjoyed and once again something that was pulled off so well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Hagerty

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. In return for my honest thoughts and review. I am so glad I won this book. I really enjoyed it. Now you don't have to read the first one. But I highly recommend that you do read the first book. Because there a lot information that refer back to book one. This book is about a young girl Valory who is training for a eliccromancer stone. Then on her birthday party she fellows her friend to the magical water. Then gets sent to prison for a crime that she didn I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. In return for my honest thoughts and review. I am so glad I won this book. I really enjoyed it. Now you don't have to read the first one. But I highly recommend that you do read the first book. Because there a lot information that refer back to book one. This book is about a young girl Valory who is training for a eliccromancer stone. Then on her birthday party she fellows her friend to the magical water. Then gets sent to prison for a crime that she didn't do. It was accident. Valory trouble doesn't stop there. Valory wakes up something very evil. This book had everything I mean every page I turn there was a new adventure and read some retelling in this book that were amazing. I love how Hannah west retells stories that we all know and adds her own twist to them. Now that ending was crazy and let me thinking that there has to be a book three coming out. And if so I will be definitely will be reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Video review http://www.thebookrat.com/2018/12/the-nissera-chronicles-books-spoiler.html>here. This and its predecessor were favorites of the year.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana Linde

    I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. I would not have purchased this book on my own, so I'm glad I won it since it was such an enjoyable read. Like all fantasy books, it's sometimes hard to keep track of the unique settings, names and experiences, but this book was worth the effort. I especially liked how the author subtly tied experiences within the book to fairy tales we have grown up with. My only real criticism which leads to to a 4.5 rating rather than a 5 is how the final clima I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. I would not have purchased this book on my own, so I'm glad I won it since it was such an enjoyable read. Like all fantasy books, it's sometimes hard to keep track of the unique settings, names and experiences, but this book was worth the effort. I especially liked how the author subtly tied experiences within the book to fairy tales we have grown up with. My only real criticism which leads to to a 4.5 rating rather than a 5 is how the final climactic moment between Valory and Valmarys seemed quite underdeveloped. I would also have loved to see what happens next with Valory and Mercer- as well as other characters like Kadri, Melkior, and Glisette. I guess I'll have to see if there is a sequel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chasty

    I would call this a back story fantasy. To me this story gives you the story of how Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White came about and I absolutely loved it. Valory is our hero that puts it all into action. This story just made me go wow I can see that being the back story. Well written and executed beautifully.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★ Realm Of Ruins is the spin-off/companion to West's 2016 debut, Kingdom Of Ash And Briars! This YA Fantasy melds so much from action, magic, fairy tales, quests, dark powers, royalty, & so much more! If your looking for wholly unique twists on the classic fairy tales, West's books are the ones to check out! Back in the early days of my blog, I fell in love with West's debut, Kingdom Of Ash And Briars! So, of course I just had to get an ARC of it! Realm Of Ruins takes place g Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★ Realm Of Ruins is the spin-off/companion to West's 2016 debut, Kingdom Of Ash And Briars! This YA Fantasy melds so much from action, magic, fairy tales, quests, dark powers, royalty, & so much more! If your looking for wholly unique twists on the classic fairy tales, West's books are the ones to check out! Back in the early days of my blog, I fell in love with West's debut, Kingdom Of Ash And Briars! So, of course I just had to get an ARC of it! Realm Of Ruins takes place generations after KOAAB! To start, I loved that the story was plotted that way because throughout the novel we explore this idea of those who came before us, legacies, how history plays a role into our future, & so on! Now the plot itself has a lot of different elements to it and weaves in a lot throughout this single book--so sorry if my review is all over the place! Valory Braiosa, descendant of Bristal & Anthony from KOAAB is a royal, but not exactly an Elicromancer--unlike her other cousins and family members. As a student of a magical academy, she's joined by her best friend Knox, and cousins such as Melkior (who isn't exactly nice to her) and Ander! There's a scene in which Val is in classes and we learn about the school, history and how its shaped the ways of magic in her time now and the way West makes it such a seamless, but integral part of the story was one of my favorite elements when it comes to the world building! Often times in YA fantasy books (when it comes to future books in series or spin-offs) there isn't always much explanation or exploration from previous installments and how they really shape numerous aspects of a world from its politics, magic system, beliefs--and I felt West really made it clear how important that was to the world! But of all her family members, her cousin Ivria is practically her best friend and they are always honest with each other--or so, Valory thinks! During Val's birthday dinner, she finds Ivria having run off and head towards the Water through a magical portal. The Water is what allows an Elicromancer to get their fully harness their abilities. It chooses them and with that, they get an Elicrin Stone which also symbolizes their power. Ivria has the ability to sense danger and fears she will never fully grasp her powers. So, she heads to The Water alone to see for herself. However, Ivria is set on getting to the Water & as Val jumps into save her, she realizes Ivria didn't make it & the Water has disappeared!! Now being seen as a murderer and forced to go to trial by the Conclave to the Realm Alliance. This requires a journey away from her kingdom and with those she though were on her side, now against her. Also, a neutralizer (by the name of Brandar) to keep her powers in check, doesn't help either! When Valory's grandmother joins and mentions something about people in white cloaks & masks, they also learn of a mysterious (possibly looming threat) known as the Summoners! As stops along the way allow Valory to visit her cousins (Gliselle, Perrenia, & Ambrosine) they convince her to talk to their brother Deovrian--there we learn of a mysterious tablet & how the Summoners may be involved? When the tablet unleashes a dark force, Valory learns more about what the Water left behind (that now resides within her--some dark & dangerous power) and the journey she will have to undergo to clear her name. I love how this story really takes on an anti-hero vibe through Val as we see the extent of her powers near the end! Val goes through so much in this book where it looks like the world is stacked against her, but with her cousin Glisette, fellow princess friend Kadri, & mysterious Mercer who we learn time-traveled from generations in the past! Now they team up to help Val on her journey to learn more about the mysterious force known as The Summoners which are spreading illness and death wherever they go! We soon learn that Mercer may have the answers as he has the ability to see visions! This leads to even more being uncovered about the Summoners, Mercer's past (like his brother Tilmorn) & how this all ties to a mysterious elicromancer known as the Moth King! Similar to West's debut, fairy tales are twisted in such unique ways that really bring even more magic to the world of Nissera! From The Little Mermaid (seen through Kadri's boyfriend who's a prince who loves sailing & becomes interested in finding a mermaid who saved him), even Beauty & Beast (when Devorian's cost of unlocking the tablet turns him into a beast). The fairy tales are uniquely woven, but also into the story and have such distinct details mentioned that really make them their own. For ex. there's mention of Devorian keeping mirrors closed to not be in contact w/ his sisters, even a sea witch & mermaid who are reminiscent of The Little Mermaid) The characters all have their own flaws and secrets that make them feel real and I love how their imperfections or fears really allowed me to see their growth by the end! I love how this journey isn't exactly linear! While it seems that way in the beginning, the way West plots her stories allows for the story to go in so many directions, yet all tie together as it progresses. From numerous royal families, fairy tale homages, dark magic, quests--West packs so much into this standalone tale! Also what made the magic so interesting was seeing how Val, a person who wasn't born with magic, inherits this magical ability from the Water which we learn has the power to destroy, but also create! The Water itself becomes a pretty major part in the magic system as the story progresses and I love how it was explored! Also there was one particular thing that really surprised me and that just brought back all the memories from KOAAB! We meet a very interesting Elicromancer who has ties to Bristal and I loved how that storyline tied into the major plot! The references and ties to West's first book was just something I did not see coming in the way that it did-but I loved how it was explored! Time-travel was explored so well in this novel and I loved how it tied into the main story. The world itself is incredibly vast and you sense that through the journey Val takes and just the way West describes the little details of the kingdoms. However, there were a few moments where a lot of the locations did get a bit confusing & could have had differing explanations when it comes to their depth. But overall, you can tell West has built such a vast world! Now on to some of things that did lower my rating! Personally, I found the pacing to be rather slow for me and it dragged quite a bit from the middle on-wards. There were also some plot points explored when some time passes & Val returns home, which I wish had a little more explanation (b/c while it does make sense with the story) I found for me personally it came a little out of nowhere and I was a little lost as to how all that happened in that amount of time! There were also some side characters, one's that take on a villain role & at times the villain himself, that I wish had some more development b/c they become so important later on--that I found there character at times just needed a little more! Returning to the plot, as the story continues I loved how it becomes clear what the goal is (to destroy the Moth King), but the uncertainty as to if Val & her friends could do it, made it all the more interesting to figure out! Another element which made this fantasy book so unique too, was how it concludes after the battle (which I won't spoil). Just seeing how characters naturally go their separate ways and explaining all the work left to do after all that's happened really left it on a note where your satisfied with the ending, but still know there's much more to explore! ( Valory's ending was really epic & kind of ambiguous, but I loved that). Realm Of Ruins is a YA Fantasy that weaves in classic fairy tales, while also delivering a wholly unique story all its own! From journeys across magical lands, dark magic, royalty, & the importance of self and how you can shape your own destiny! West's spin-off continues to build on her magical world of Nissera and leaves opportunity for future installments! *Requested ARC from publisher*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kali Katzmann

    Awesome awesome awesome book! For anyone who appreciates a book with strong female characters, sexy and intelligent men, Disney references, fantasy and magic....this is the book for you! And that is really just the tip of the iceberg. I read this book in ONE NIGHT. I could not put it down, and I was crazy tired the next day. I didn't care though. This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. Which is wonderful and frustrating :) Hannah West -- write faster!!! I need more books. This is Awesome awesome awesome book! For anyone who appreciates a book with strong female characters, sexy and intelligent men, Disney references, fantasy and magic....this is the book for you! And that is really just the tip of the iceberg. I read this book in ONE NIGHT. I could not put it down, and I was crazy tired the next day. I didn't care though. This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. Which is wonderful and frustrating :) Hannah West -- write faster!!! I need more books. This is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars, but like The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings, you don't NEED to read that before this one. You should, because that book is equally as awesome, but you don't have to. This book had so many wonderful twists, turns and surprises. For anyone who would like a sit-on-the-couch-and-don't-move-all-day read....READ THIS!

  19. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) What I loved about Realm of Ruins is that it looks about the cost of ambitions and the price of the rules when they are broken. It's almost like a mixture of Beauty and the Beast with The Little Mermaid and more! It feels like this blending of stories you know, but always with a new twist, a different option - another ending. One of the things I adore about this book is that i (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) What I loved about Realm of Ruins is that it looks about the cost of ambitions and the price of the rules when they are broken. It's almost like a mixture of Beauty and the Beast with The Little Mermaid and more! It feels like this blending of stories you know, but always with a new twist, a different option - another ending. One of the things I adore about this book is that it celebrates the idea that we cannot pretend to be someone we aren't. Valory struggles with her power and taming it, but what it she were to let it go? full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/blog...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Bollenbacher

    Another excellent story from Nissera! Timely yet timeless; classic but approachable; familiar and fresh all at once. I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking to scratch that fantasy itch!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fyre.Katz

    I enjoyed most of this book, but the ending left me feeling sort of disappointed, how this big bad was swatted pretty much like a moth. I like that the fae people were in the story. I sort of wanted more but hey their people aren't like that. The romance was good since it wasn't like love at first sight or anything and grew from something. And that ending about the beauty and the beast... I need that in my life... that needs to be written next- you hear me! So yup the story and characters were g I enjoyed most of this book, but the ending left me feeling sort of disappointed, how this big bad was swatted pretty much like a moth. I like that the fae people were in the story. I sort of wanted more but hey their people aren't like that. The romance was good since it wasn't like love at first sight or anything and grew from something. And that ending about the beauty and the beast... I need that in my life... that needs to be written next- you hear me! So yup the story and characters were good! And that is all I must say about this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Bateman

    Hannah West returns to the Realm of Nissera, first introduced in "Kingdom of Ash and Briars." While you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, it is also exceptional, and clearly defines her world and the magic that permeates it. This book takes place a hundred years later. Elicromancer magic still holds power, but Valory has no magic. That is, until a terrible incident that costs the life os someone she loves, and gives her unusual powers. In the meantime an ancient evil is r Hannah West returns to the Realm of Nissera, first introduced in "Kingdom of Ash and Briars." While you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, it is also exceptional, and clearly defines her world and the magic that permeates it. This book takes place a hundred years later. Elicromancer magic still holds power, but Valory has no magic. That is, until a terrible incident that costs the life os someone she loves, and gives her unusual powers. In the meantime an ancient evil is reawakened, and Valory may be the only one able to defeat it. This will require good companions, courage, and a willingness to use a power she doesn't fully understand. Amusing threads of familiar fairy tales are woven lightly into the story's tapestry, causing brief jolts of amused recognition. This brightens a story that is often dark and tragic. This is an exceptional novel that will entice lovers of good fantasy. I anxiously await this author's next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anika G.

    Realm of Ruins is a really good book with a strong plot. It explained the characters so thoroughly that I did not even know that it was the second book in a series. However, I think that people should read the first book in the series to fully understand what's going on.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Realm of Ruins took everything I loved about Kingdom of Ash and Briars--the complex characters, unique magic system, awesome antagonists, and gorgeous writing--and amped it all up. West's latest novel is dark and intense, with intricate plotting and an underdog main character you'll love to cheer on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debra (WifeEclectic)

    More like 4.5. I really liked this book. Well written.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    As both the companion and the second book in the Nissera Chronicles, REALM OF RUINS takes place a century after the events of the first book: KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS. You absolutely can pick this book up without reading the first book as the events of REALM OF RUINS vary a great deal from the first book. Our main heroine is Valory Braiosa. She attends an elicromancer school until she stumbles into a powerful magic and awakes a dangerous evil. Mentions of our favorite KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS As both the companion and the second book in the Nissera Chronicles, REALM OF RUINS takes place a century after the events of the first book: KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS. You absolutely can pick this book up without reading the first book as the events of REALM OF RUINS vary a great deal from the first book. Our main heroine is Valory Braiosa. She attends an elicromancer school until she stumbles into a powerful magic and awakes a dangerous evil. Mentions of our favorite KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS characters are spread throughout the book. Similar to the first book, REALM OF RUINS has sprinkles of fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid. All of this, along with a deeper look into the world of Nissera, created a gasp-worthy read that had me racing to turn the pages. I absolutely loved the full two page family tree at the beginning of the book. Throughout the first few chapters I found myself constantly flipping back and referring to it as new characters were introduced. It was extremely helpful in addition to being interesting. Seeing the offspring of the characters from book one and how the royals all intermarried was a great visual and proved to be important later on in the book. I also enjoyed reading about the other magical beings in this world. It was fascinating to learn that it wasn’t just an elicromancer and human run world. Though I didn’t exactly love how the fairies treated the elicromancers and the sea maidens just freaked me out, I did find myself enjoying their roles in the story. Valory Braiosa is a great head to be in and I could really empathize with her as bad things kept happening to a girl who didn’t deserve it. Also, her powers are extremely cool and when she was able to access them fully at the end and turned into this all powerful being I was so happy. I was always rooting for her to get her revenge, though her revenge was exacted on people I didn’t expect in the end. It was also difficult to trust characters in this book as there ended up being a lot of betrayals and character redemptions. Like Valory, I also had trouble determining who I could trust while reading so it was nice to be in the same boat as the main character. One character cameo that I could not stop obsessing over was the appearance of a certain time traveling elicromancer who birthed a certain famous elicromancer from way back when. When I found out how pivotal she was to the characters and events of this book it just made me appreciate her more. The final meeting between the Moth King and Valory was a little anticlimactic to me. The build up to their face off was done so well and the suspense was killing me as they casually talked without any violence. In the end though, the final battle was swift and without much trouble which I thought could have been drawn out more. I would highly recommend this book if you liked the first one or if you want to give a book with fairy tale elements a try. Unlike many fairy tale retellings that focus on the plot of the fairy tale for the whole book, REALM OF RUINS only has small aspects of fairy tales while maintaining a an original plot and characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Realm of Ruins by Hannah West was sent to me by Holiday House. It was never on my radar, but I'm extremely grateful that I crossed paths with it, because it is a marvelous story. "The first kingdom he destroyed by plague, the second by vanity and decadence. The third he destroyed by wielding its own craving for power. But the new queens rebuilt the realm from its ruins. And it will never be destroyed." Realm of Ruins is the second in The Nissera Chronicles series. You do not have to read the first Realm of Ruins by Hannah West was sent to me by Holiday House. It was never on my radar, but I'm extremely grateful that I crossed paths with it, because it is a marvelous story. "The first kingdom he destroyed by plague, the second by vanity and decadence. The third he destroyed by wielding its own craving for power. But the new queens rebuilt the realm from its ruins. And it will never be destroyed." Realm of Ruins is the second in The Nissera Chronicles series. You do not have to read the first book, Kingdom of Fire and Briars, to begin this book, as this book takes place a century after Kingdom of Fire and Briars. Valory Braiosa has greatness in her bones, but it is unknown to her. And amidst her magical discovery, an evil is awaken and disrupts everything that she has ever known. A stranger, a quest, and a battle for good and evil sums up this story in a few words. But that's not all this story holds. As in Kingdom of Fire and Brairs, West writes this story with familiar elements from our favorite fairytales. The story is unique, comprising of all the best pieces of stories that we love. Brave heroine? Check. Dashing stranger? Check. Breath-catching adventure? Check. And the magic system? So intricate and interesting! I was drawn by the magic when I read Kingdom of Fire and Brairs, but I saw the darker and more dangerous side with Realm of Ruins.  "Please, I thought, imploring the ancestral magic in my blood to catch. Please let me be powerful." I love, love Valory! She is such a great heroine. She has heart, but also gumption. She is brave, but also isn't afraid to show vulnerability. She is the best traits that one can hope for in a heroine. My love for her is forever. I did enjoy the cast of characters, and while I want to talk more about it, I won't give them away. Just know there is a revolving cast and each one have an integral piece of this adventure. And others? I hope they get their own story. I enjoyed this so much, and I hope you will too. *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    Received a copy for review. Such a beautiful YA fantasy that pays homage to classics such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. This was action packed, drama filled and held many plot twists that created such a beautiful world and well-rounded characters. I could not put this book down hence why I read it so quickly. This is the second book in a series, but it's a companion novel. You don't have to read book one, Kingdom of Ash and Briars, as the sequel will tell you all you need to know Received a copy for review. Such a beautiful YA fantasy that pays homage to classics such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. This was action packed, drama filled and held many plot twists that created such a beautiful world and well-rounded characters. I could not put this book down hence why I read it so quickly. This is the second book in a series, but it's a companion novel. You don't have to read book one, Kingdom of Ash and Briars, as the sequel will tell you all you need to know since it takes place 100 years after the events of the first book following a different character. I was excited about reading this book after reading such an awesome synopsis and then diving into the prologue was amazing. This blew my mind! Valory Braiosa is the protagonist and direct descendant of Bristal, the sorceress and heroine from the first book. Valory is an immortal elicromancer, but her powers are more dark, dangerous and destructive than anyone would have imagined for it to be. Valory is a strong-willed character and despite all that is thrown at her she pushes forward like her ancestor did. The magical school and dark evil aspects added such a fantastic element to the reading pace. With the fast pace it made for an amazing reading experience. The other characters such as Prince Devorian, Valory's many cousins, Kadri and the others were all great to the growth of Valory as a character and to the story as a whole. I never looked at any of the characters and felt that they were irrelevant to the story line. Each character had a purpose and though some pissed me off more than others I enjoyed them all. For this being my first Hannah West read and it being a sequel I am excited to read the first book and re-read the sequel. The characters were all well written and all unique. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to those looking for an awesome YA fantasy read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma (Miss Print)

    "Please let me be powerful." Trouble follows Valory Braiosa wherever she goes. Raised in Calgoran during the Age of the Accords, Valory is surrounded by elicrin magic and elicromancers. As a descendant of the legendary Queen Bristal and King Anthony, everyone assumes Valory will become a powerful elicromancer herself. But now she is almost at the end of her time at the Academy with no signs of power manifesting. With her chances of receiving an elicrin stone from the Water dwindling, Valory is for "Please let me be powerful." Trouble follows Valory Braiosa wherever she goes. Raised in Calgoran during the Age of the Accords, Valory is surrounded by elicrin magic and elicromancers. As a descendant of the legendary Queen Bristal and King Anthony, everyone assumes Valory will become a powerful elicromancer herself. But now she is almost at the end of her time at the Academy with no signs of power manifesting. With her chances of receiving an elicrin stone from the Water dwindling, Valory is forced to consider her greatest fear: a life without magic or power. Touching the Water is no guarantee of receiving an elicrin stone. Even with careful vetting from the Academy candidates may still be deemed unworthy and drowned in the Water, their bodies lost forever. Valory’s attempt to save her cousin from such a fate proves disastrous. In the aftermath her cousin is dead, the Water is gone, and Valory now has dangerous power no one understands and which Valory can’t control. Branded a murderer and a rogue, Valory is forced to travel far from home to try and clear her name. Across Nissera it’s apparent that a dark presence is rising and Valory might be the only one powerful enough to stop it. As danger mounts and loyalties are tested, Valory will have to embrace her power to face this danger. But all power comes at a price and this time the cost may be steeper than Valory can pay in Realm of Ruins (2018) by Hannah West. Real of Ruins is the second book in West's Nissera Chronicles which begins with the companion novel Kingdom of Ash and Briars. Realm of Ruins is set one hundred years after the events of West's debut novel Kingdom of Ash and Briars and follows a new generation of characters. An elaborate family tree at the start of the book and sly asides throughout offer nods to events of the first book although this novel can easily be read as a standalone. (A companion short story, Fields of Fire, can also be read for free online.) Valory is as pragmatic as she is reckless. Although the implications of her new power are obvious she is still quick to jump to conclusions and easily falls prey to the manipulations of others while she tries to understand her dramatically changed circumstances. Her efforts to clear her name are soon sidelined as she learns about the emergence of a dangerous new threat known as the Moth King or the Lord of the Elicromancers. Drawn into a hunt to stop this new enemy Valory plays a part in side plots that draw heavily from elements of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. West manages a convoluted and sometimes bloated plot admirably bringing diverging threads together to explore larger themes of power, collective memory, and the dangers of both if left unchecked. While Valory is initially a slave to circumstance, forced repeatedly into reactive positions as her situation shifts from bad to worse, Realm of Ruins is largely about agency and choice. It is only when Valory chooses to embrace her power--and the difficult decisions she must make about how to wield it--that she is able to regain control of her fate and try to claim what she sees as her rightful power in the realm. Realm of Ruins is an intricate and original fantasy. West blends her unique magic system with a vivid world and fairy tale elements to create a story that is entirely fascinating. Recommended for fans of fairy tales, high fantasy, and bloody revolution. Possible Pairings: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Frostblood by Elly Blake, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen, For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, Furyborn by Claire Legrand *A copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I felt like the most recognizable fairy tale elements were nothing more than garnish. It seems like the Beauty and the Beast plot is going to end the usual way, but there's no clue for the Little Mermaid--will it be Disney or Andersen? Do we even care? Aside from Kadri not being able to take her place as Queen, what stakes are there for characters we actually know and care about? Valory's power was inconsistent and ultimately made little sense. Having the power to say "eh, you're not worthy" and I felt like the most recognizable fairy tale elements were nothing more than garnish. It seems like the Beauty and the Beast plot is going to end the usual way, but there's no clue for the Little Mermaid--will it be Disney or Andersen? Do we even care? Aside from Kadri not being able to take her place as Queen, what stakes are there for characters we actually know and care about? Valory's power was inconsistent and ultimately made little sense. Having the power to say "eh, you're not worthy" and take away his gift certainly made her victory over the Moth King take an unexpected turn, but how is that related to breaking bones? Mostly the writing was fine, but there were a few things that stood out. "They wear masks," he said, salty. (p. 93) His nose was succinct and graceful... (p. 112) ...how handsome he was, even half wrecked by torture. (p. 386)

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