Book Review: Blade and Crystal Thorns by Kay L. Moody

About the Book:

Title: Blade and Crystal Thorns

Author: Kay L. Moody

Series: Fae and Crystal thorns #3

Page Length: 350

Publication Date: March 21, 2023

Publisher: Marten Press

Synopsis: An epic fantasy with a swoon-worthy romance and a conflict that will keep readers on the edges of their seats, Blade & Crystal Thorns is the 3rd book in the Fae and Crystal Thorns series.

A dagger could save them… if they don’t get stabbed in the back with it first.

Chloe and Quintus have just discovered a hidden court inside Faerie. It seems obvious who the new leader should be, especially once they realize how to find the missing crown. A golden and emerald dagger is the key to discovering it, but in the wrong hands, it could ruin them all.

When mortals start invading the court, their meddling impedes Chloe and Quintus’s quest for the crown. Even worse, Chloe starts to wonder if she truly agrees with Quintus’s plans for how the new court should be ruled.

With a long journey ahead, their differing ideals might finally pull them and the new court apart. This time, for good.

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My Review:

Blade and Crystal Thorns is another great addition to the series. The story is action-packed, and Chloe’s journey is full of high-stakes situations. Chloe, a human in the fae world, never stops fighting to save the land from corruption, and with the help of some valiant friends and a loyal love interest, she just might be able to do it. Tasked with finding a missing crown and learning all they can about a new, hidden court, Chloe and the rest of her group face dangerous and deadly obstacles, murderous and power-hungry villains, and their own personal dilemmas.

Chloe and Quintus go through a lot in this story, and they are torn between their feelings for each other and their differing views about some important issues. Quintus is so stubborn, and he says some thoughtless things that hurt Chloe. He and Ludo also do something that Chloe finds unforgivable. Their relationship is certainly put to the test in this book, and I’m curious to see how they resolve some deep-seated issues as the series continues.

Ludo and Meshti are on much of the journey with Chloe and Quintus, which I really enjoyed. They are all so different, yet each has strengths that help them on their mission. I also love the banter between all of them. They each have an interesting story to tell, and though they don’t always get along or see things the same way, it’s clear they all care for each other and want to do what’s right for the land and the people.

As always, the magical elements and world-building in the book are fantastic. Faerie is a unique and exciting world, and there are always new and interesting places to explore. I also like that we see characters from previous books, especially Chloe’s sisters. I liked seeing how each was doing and how their lives have progressed. In the last book, Elora and Brannick were desperately trying to repair their castle, and I wanted to see if they were still struggling. Their youngest sister has been gravely ill in the human realm, and I was curious about her condition considering it was tied to the corruption in Faerie. Everything has changed, and it’s interesting to see how all of their stories tie together.

I’m really enjoying this series. It’s original and exciting, and I look forward to continuing it. This is the third book in the series, so I would suggest starting with book one, as this is not a standalone. Special thanks to Kay L Moody for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The action.
  • The adventure.
  • The characters and relationships.


I would definitely recommend starting this series from the beginning. Also, be sure to check the trigger warnings as there could be elements that are triggering to readers.

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