Today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the tour for Misrule by Heather Walter. Thank you to Daisy Saunders at Del Rey UK for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review and inviting me to be a part of this tour.
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?
Publication Date: 10th May
TW: blood, death, violence, murder, torture, manipulation, trauma
Misrule is a truly magical book with Walter casting a darkly entrancing spell upon you.
It is no secret just how much I adored Malice when I read it last year and I was left desperately craving the sequel. Luckily for me, Walter smashes it out of the park once more with this really creative, original and interesting sequel. Walter builds on every aspect of the first book, creating an even richer and more complex world inhabited by these fascinating characters. Every single element laid in Malice is developed and gets satisfying pay-off here. The world-building becomes even richer and detailed, with Walter really growing the solid foundations initially laid out.
Walter has this fantastic ability to create such fractured, fascinating and complex characters. Alyce here becomes even more intriguing, with the shift in political and power dynamics. She has embraced the darkness inside, but what has this truly cost her. I particularly loved the character development and the way the relationships shift and change. We are introduced to a new cast of characters, all of whom have such shifting allegiances and intertwined motivations. Of course, there are a few familiar faces, but they are best left a surprise. Walter really takes it there at some points in the book. It is so interesting to read the way this world and its inhabitants shift even further into darkness. Walter’s exploration of power and its inherent corrosiveness is so nuanced. This duology is truly in conversation and ignites some thought-provoking elements around marginalisation, the control of narratives and what happens when the world shifts once more. In short, this is such a cool way of twisting this familiar tale into something wholly original and breath-taking.
Misrule builds on its predecessor and actually overtakes it for me, completing this endlessly alluring, unique and darkly bewitching duology.
Thank you again to Daisy Saunders and Del Rey UK for organising this blog tour and make sure to check out the other amazing posts!