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This Wicked Fate is the sequel to This Poison Heart and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book.

After Briseis’s mother is poisoned, there is only one chance to bring her back from the dead. If she can reunite all the pieces of the deadly Absyrtus Heart, there may be a chance. But first, she will need to discover the location of the final piece.

So, the ending of the first bookΒ made me knock a star off my rating, it threw all this Greek mythology and family legend stuff in a big mess at the end. I still enjoyed the rest of that book, especially Briesis’ botanical powers and the mysterious Gothic house, enough that I wanted to know what happened next. Did she manage to pull it all together?

I struggled to get through This Wicked Fate. It takes so long for anything to happen. They spend a lot of time talking, infodumping Greek mythology into their dialogue. People keep turning out to be from myth, and not in a way that you suspected that they were all along. There’s a mix of characters with names from mythology who are not those characters and actual people from myth. Was all a bit confusing.

Finally they go on their mission to save Briseis’ mother, that urgent thing that needed doing at the end of book one. This was kinda fun, they meet Hermes and go to Circe’s island (the myth one, not the aunt one, did I mention this was confusing?).

But Marie was just like a petulant child, she’s meant to be centuries old? And she’s just there giving everyone attitude and I never really caught the chemistry between her and Briseis. Mo is kinda there just to stand around being confused about all this new stuff being thrown her way. I can relate. But I loved the dynamic between her adoptive mothers in the first book so this was a bit of a let down.

So overall I didn’t enjoy this. If you thought the ending of This Poison Heart was great, you might very well like this more than me. From early reviews, it seems I am very much in the minority here.

This Wicked Fate is published by Bloomsbury and will be available in paperback and ebook editions from 21st June 2022. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review via NetGalley.

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