Thank you so much to Terminal Tours for having me as a part of their tour for Soul of Cinder (and to Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen books for sending me an e-ARC of Soul of Cinder and digital copies of Heart of Thorns and Tears of Frost since I hadn’t read them before). Today’s the last day of the tour, so make sure you check out everyone else on the tour by clicking the link above! This book was intense and built upon so much of the foundation laid in books one and two and I for sure enjoyed reading it. It was a great ending to this trilogy.
Exciting news! Terminal Tours is also having both a US and an International giveaway associated with this tour!
3 lucky winners will receive a signed hardcover copy of Soul of Cinder by Bree Barton and additional goodies such as a candle, a bookmark, etc. Must have a valid US mailing address to enter the giveaway and must enter through the Google Form to be considered. One entry per email address.
We are also giving away a customized writing or poem from Bree Bartonon any topic of your choice! The prize will be delivered digitally to anyone outside of the US. Only one entry per email address. All participants must enter through the Google Form to be considered.
Soul of Cinder 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
*This is the 3rd book in a series, so if you don’t want spoilers for the first two books, don’t read the summary below*
The Twisted Sisters are coming home.
Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame.
Across the four kingdoms, the elements have been tipped askew. Volcanoes erupt, glaciers collapse, and cities sink into the western sands. After losing Angie, Mia and Pilar journey to the glass kingdom to seek help, though soon their fragile bonds of sisterhood begin to fray. Mia’s sensations are creeping back, and with them, a deep and searing grief. Pilar, terrified of being broken, once again seeks comfort in her fists. But when they hear rumors of a misty island that promises to erase all pain, they suddenly find themselves with an answer—if they are willing to pay the cost.
As tensions mount, the sisters are drawn back to the river kingdom for a final reckoning with the boy they each loved. The shattering conclusion to Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns trilogy challenges why we grieve, whom we love—and how to mend a broken heart.
Oh man, this book was so good and it was so intense and oof. In Soul of Cinder, our chapters are told from three points of view: Mia’s, Pilar’s, and Quin’s. I loved all of Pilar’s chapters. She quickly became my favorite character in book two and this book just furthered that- I loved her strength, but beyond that strength there was vulnerability that she never wanted to show anyone and everything that happens to her in this book just made me like her even more. Both Quin and Mia’s chapters annoyed me at times and at other times, I really enjoyed them. I feel like by the end, they both had also grown so much from who they were in book one and everything they had been through in all three books had really shaped them into who they became. I also loved the glass kingdom- the idea of the Shadowess and the house that they were all in there was super cool and I was really into that. Overall, plot wise, there were a few times when I felt like we were seeing things that we had already seen and things were going around in circles. The way that the sexual assault was handled seemed super real and the way that the healing spanned multiple books and how Pilar wasn’t like magically healed or “back to normal” or anything like that by the time the story ended, but she was growing and learning how to move forward and I thought that was super powerful. This book (and this whole series really) can probably be really triggering for some people.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book (note, these are quotes from the e-ARC version, so page numbers and final wordings may be different):
“Her heart swelled with hope. This place could fix her. It had to.” page 41
“But in her experience, the ugliest things often lurked under the most beautiful.” page 79
“It was impossible to rewrite the past. But the future was a story waiting to be told.” page 119
“Funny how so much could be decided in a single step. She was no longer at the apex, suspended between worlds. She had transported herself both closer to the future and farther from the past.” page 252