Downfall of the Curse by Deborah Grace White – Book Review

Posted July 31, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Downfall of the Curse by Deborah Grace White – Book Review

Downfall of the Curse

by Deborah Grace White

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Series: Kyona Chronicles #5
Published by Luminant Publications
Publication Date July 31, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: Adults

Synopsis:

Luciana is as deadly as she is beautiful—she just doesn’t want anyone to know it

The only thing Lucy loves more than the thrill of a good fight is her childhood friend, Prince Eamon. Already enough of an outsider, she’s willing to hide her fighting skills to win a place at his side.

Then Eamon’s betrayal shatters her dreams and leaves her eager to escape Kyona. But when danger and disgrace follow her to the South Lands, an offer from the magnetic Rasad to start fresh in Thorania is too tempting to resist.

In this new kingdom, Lucy can finally be herself. Unfortunately, danger trails her even there. Someone is working to destabilize the South Lands, and it’s up to Lucy to unravel Rasad’s intentions, Eamon’s jealousy, and the motivations of the enigmatic Lady Yasmin. Her decision about who to trust will determine whether darkness engulfs both the South and the North Lands.

If you enjoy adventure, fantasy, mystery, and clean romance, discover the world of the Kyona Chronicles today. Downfall of the Curse is the fifth of six installments in the series.

I would like to thank Deborah Grace White for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


Also in this series: Heir of the Curse, Captives of the Curse, Captive's Return , Legacy of the Curse

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I have been thoroughly enjoying the Kyona Chronicles!

Downfall of the Curse lets us get to know Lucy better – she is Jon and Scar’s oldest daughter and was introduced in Legacy of the Curse. She is very talented at fighting and is also beautiful – neither of which is something she is proud of. She has been ashamed of her abilities for a while and despite continuing to train, she has mostly done it in secret. As the daughter of a Kyonian and a Balenolean, she has never quite felt that she has belonged in either place. The catty girls at court certainly haven’t helped her in that area!

We learned at the end of Legacy of the Curse that Lucy saved her brother’s life (if you haven’t’ read it yet, make sure you do). The events that made that necessary have her bitter and unforgiving towards Eamon, the man she has loved for so many years. In fact, I was quite frustrated with Lucy for a while in this story because of her attitude towards him – which I’m sure the author intended.

Though Downfall of the Curse continues the previous stories and has characters carrying over from it, the story is fresh and new. I greatly enjoyed reading the escapades the Kyonian delegation got themselves into as they traveled to the South Lands. Lucy’s insecurities led her to make some dangerous choices!

I loved reading more of Cody, Lucy’s chaperone, trainer, and the man originally introduced as the boy who led Jonan to the rebels in Captives of the Curse. Oh! I liked Cody then. I love him now!

There is plenty of action, intrigue, and, yes, the dragons do make a return appearance – in a big way! If you enjoy fantasy adventures, you will want to read the entire Kyona Chronicles series. And hurry, Downfall’s Echo, the series conclusion, will be released mid-September. So it’s a great time to grab the entire series and read them so you are ready for the grand finale. I can’t wait!

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About Deborah Grace White

I’ve been a reader since I can remember, growing up on a wide range of books, from classic literature to light-hearted romps. The love of reading has traveled with me unchanged across multiple continents, and carried me from my own childhood all the way to having children of my own.

But if reading is like looking through a window into a magical and beautiful world, beginning to write my own stories was like discovering that I could open that window and climb right out into fantasyland.

I cannot believe how privileged I am to actually be living that childhood dream and publishing my own novels. I do so from my hometown of Adelaide, Australia, where I live with my husband and our two, soon to be three, little munchkins.

I’ve never outgrown my love of young adult stories, and my first series, The Kyona Chronicles, is a young adult fantasy series of four novels and two novellas.

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