Review: The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M.J. Scott

May 11, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M.J. ScottThe Shattered Court by M. J. Scott
Series: The Four Arts #1
Published by Roc on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 313
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

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.…

THE SHATTERED COURT was one of those books that drew me in with a gorgeous cover, and was left to live up to expectations. Luckily, though not without issues, THE SHATTERED COURT was an enjoyable fantasy novel, set in a world very similar to historical England with the twist of magic to make it more interesting.

Though Sophie was an interesting character, what I would have liked to see if more agency on her part in the beginning of the book. As it progressed, she started making more decisions, but in the beginning, I felt like her path was decided by those around her and she was just letting things happen to her. Plus, one of the main conflicts of the book, who attacked the castle, is never resolved, and doesn't feel like anything more than a device to get Cam and Sophie alone together.

Otherwise, I did enjoy the fantastical aspects of the story, the four different kinds of magics, and the beginning of the world-building by Scott. Sophie and Cam together were sweet and even though their relationship was forced, you could tell that they were on their way to caring deeply for each other. Plus, there was all the typical palace intrigue that you get in this type of historical-esque fantasy.

Unfortunately, I felt like THE SHATTERED COURT ended just as it was getting good, but that just gives me all the more reason to continue on with the series. I've got a lot of questions that I'd like to see answered in the next installment, and I feel that with a lot of the set up out of the way, Scott can get to the meat of the story. Hopefully, I won't have too long to wait.

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