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Book Review: A Cruel & Fated Light by Ashley Shuttleworth (ARC)

"After thwarting the man behind the gruesome ironborn murders—and breaking several fae laws to do so—all Arlo wants is a quiet summer. As the deity of luck’s Hollow Star, capable of bringing about endless possibilities, this shouldn’t be too much to ask, right?

But someone is still trying to summon the mythical Seven Deadly Sins. All signs point to immortal meddling, and if this is the gods’ attempt at returning to the Mortal Realm, it’s Arlo they’re going to use to do it.

When Queen Riadne offers to host Arlo at the Seelie Summer palace, she jumps at the chance. She’ll get to see more of Vehan and Aurelian and perhaps even work out her complicated feelings for the gorgeous ex-Fury, Nausicaä. But no one trusts the infamous Queen of Light, even as Arlo wonders if she’s just been greatly misunderstood.

With the Summer Solstice quickly approaching, everyone expects Riadne to finally challenge the High King for his crown. And as Arlo struggles to get control of her powers and take charge of her destiny, she’ll soon be faced with a choice that won’t only change the fate of the Mortal Realm forever but could condemn it to a cruelty the likes of which the Courts have never known."

Pages: 640


A very happy Book Birthday to A Cruel & Fated Light by Ashley Shuttleworth! It has been such a pleasure to be part of the street team for this book, thank you so much for my advanced copy!

I remember being absolutely awestruck after reading A Dark and Hollow Star and I am so excited to say that A Cruel & Fated Light blew me away even more!

I’ve been so excited to see these characters again, I love them so much and really enjoyed seeing their development! As well as getting to see more of characters from the previous book (I love Celadon so much!)

Plus the new characters introduced fit in perfectly and I am so excited to see their stories unfold. Also I need to just say that Riadne had total Regina Mills vibes from Once Upon A Time to me!

I love Ashley’s attention to worldbuilding and how it has been expanded even more in this sequel! It is one of my favourite elements of a story and it has been developed beautifully! Plus, all of the LGBTQIA+ representation in this story is so brilliant and important. It is so beautifully queer it makes my heart swell!

A Cruel & Fated Light is an epic, action packed and delightful sequel - I am so excited to continue this series!!

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