Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

May 6, 2015 3 stars, Book Review 15 ★★★

Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. ScottThe Shattered Court by M.J. Scott
Series: (The Four Arts #1)
Published by Roc on April 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.…

If you’re looking for a romance heavy, fantasy light novel then The Shattered Court might be the book for you. Be prepared for steamy scenes, court intrigue and magic.

Sophie is a royal witch and her birthday is in a few days which is when she will hopefully come into her powers. But an attack on the palace happens and she is forced to flee with one of the royal guards Lt. Cameron McKenzie. They are quickly thrown together physically and become the main focus of the book with the povs alternating between them.

I am personally a big reader of fantasy books of all kinds. Urban fantasy, sword and sorcery fantasy, epic fantasy, you name it. Pretty much if there is something magical about it – I’m game. I do think that usually there is one prominent theme or category that dominates each book (unless it really is a well done mashup of genres).

In this case The Shattered Court is a romance novel first and a fantasy novel second. The main focus of the plot functioned to, against the odds get these two characters Sophie and Cameron together. Then provide readers with ample situations to feel their romantic / emotional turmoil and throw in plenty of sexy times. To me the world building and plot dealing with Sophie as a royal witch and the mystery behind who might want to harm her was secondary to the romantic aspect of the book. That didn’t make it a bad read. I just wanted to give you an idea in case you were expecting a fantasy first, romance second sort of read.

The world building given is still very satisfactory to make the world interesting and I think heavy romance readers will appreciate that it isn’t delved into as deeply. I personally could have used more but was ok with what was given.

I was after all very much in the mood for the romance and enjoyed it even if it was a bit rushed. It was of the type of romance where instalust blooms into real emotion. Lust I can always understand cause hey folks are lusty. But real emotion I think takes a bit more time. Regardless it was a super quick and enjoyable read and I enjoyed the magic system and what world building there was. I anticipate there will be much more world building and character development in the next book now that the romance between Sophie and Cameron has been fully established.

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15 Responses to “Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott”

  1. Dragana

    Hey I’m sorry it was not a better read for you. I agree with you on all points and there were moments when I wanted more info, but damn this book was fun and steamy. 🙂
    And I liked hints left about what we will have in next book: steampunk, demons… I can’t wait!
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  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    I didn’t realize this was going to be so heavy on the romance…I’m slightly more skeptical now. I was VERY gung-ho about this when I first heard of it, but you’re not the first person I’ve seen to give it kind of a ‘meh’ review. Might be a decent beach read though.
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