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Misrule

By: Heather Walter
Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
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Publisher's Summary

Does true love break curses or begin them? The dark sorceress of “Sleeping Beauty” reclaims her story in this sequel to Malice.

“Fans of reimagined fairy tales and LGBTQ+ themes will be delighted with the conclusion of this fantasy duology.”—Booklist (starred review)

The Dark Grace is dead.

Feared and despised for the sinister power in her veins, Alyce wreaks her revenge on the kingdom that made her an outcast. Once a realm of decadence and beauty, Briar is now wholly Alyce’s wicked domain. And no one will escape the consequences of her wrath. Not even the one person who holds her heart.

Princess Aurora saw through Alyce’s thorny facade, earning a love that promised the dawn of a new age. But it is a love that came with a heavy price: Aurora now sleeps under a curse that even Alyce’s vast power cannot seem to break. And the dream of the world they would have built together is nothing but ash.

Alyce vows to do anything to wake the woman she loves, even if it means turning into the monster Briar believes her to be. But could Aurora love the villain Alyce has become?

Or is true love only for fairy tales?

Book Two of the Malice Duology

©2022 Heather Walter (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Original retelling but not satisfying

I like the original retelling of the classic story... but definitely NOT satisfying as a sapphic read/listen. Not a romance or fairytale. In my opinion, you will be very disappointed if you're looking for these elements. Great performance from the narrator.

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Walter is very talented

I've had this book on pre-order for a while and was super excited when it appeared in my library.
I had to listen to Book 1, again, but I'm glad I refreshed my memory.
I think Book 2 is even better than Book 1. I decided on a 4 star review because Nimara made me roll my eyes more than once. The angst was almost too much.
If Heather Walter had any desire to do so, she could write one hell of a (adult-intended) Sapphic Dark Fantasy. I'd read that one in a heartbeat. It's simmering right beneath the surface...

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A rollercoaster of emotions

Misrule is the second book in The Malice Duology by award-winning author Heather Walter. Alyce has been hated and mistreated her entire life, and been taught to revile her heritage and the magical green blood that runs through her veins. Called Malyce or mongrel or monster or half-breed, she wants nothing more than to escape Briar and be free. That is, until a fateful meeting with Princess Aurora. The two share an instant connection and a shared desire to change Briar for the better. It’s a fragile dream, which fell apart when Alyce’s own magic is used to curse her love to sleep.

Rage turns Alyce into the monster everyone wanted, and exacts vengeance against all of Briar. She encases her sleeping beauty in the library they loved, and spends a century trying to break the curse. In the meantime, other magical outcasts make their way to the fallen Briar and its mistress. She creates a Dark Court and they wage war against the Fae.

When a human kisses Aurora and breaks her curse, Alyce must explain the destruction of Aurora’s home and the slaughter of everyone she’d known. Allies she’s depended on for almost a century plot against Alyce, and she struggles to hold on to the woman she loves all while facing war with the High King of the Fae.

Misrule, like the first book, is a rollercoaster of emotion. It makes readers question true love, as Alyce fights jealousy, forgiveness, and the push and pull of relationships under immense strain. It’s full of betrayals and revelations, and Alyce makes a wonderfully tortured protagonist. She is a perfect heroine-turned-evil queen, and readers ache for her to be redeemed.

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Action, twists, and romance

There is so many unexpected twists and action scenes I could not put this down

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damn

It was a little slow in the beginning for me, but after finishing the story I wouldn't want it any other way. I was constantly waiting for what would come next and wondering how things could possibly play out. Not alot of things catch me off guard, some things I suspected and was correct in guessing, but I was pleasantly surprised on a few parts too.
100% everything about it kept me coming back to finish the story. I would gladly listen again and to any other story, continuation, or side stories this author comes up with.

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Not great but not awful

When I first started reading, I quickly became upset at Alice’s lack of wisdom and maturity - especially for someone who has lived so long.

I put off listening for a few weeks but resumed because I was bored and I’d used a credit that I didn’t want to waste.

Thankfully, the story did improve but I still found Alice’s lack of growth annoying. But overall, I’m satisfied with the book’s story and conclusion.

If possible, try to get past Alice’s many shortcomings to enjoy the book beyond.

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I need more

I love this series so much, and this book was amazing. I really want there to be another one!!

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I love this story <3

Malice is such a fun story to listen to with quite an amazing nerrator! IMO characters were very person-like in their mistakes and stubbornness, akin to irl. I attribute one characters sudden death at the end as a missight on their part from the chronic mental strains, truly was hoping better for them. Totally want signed physical copies of this duology <3

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Dragons Teeth!

The imps always made me laugh. So many twists I did not see coming. I love this world the author has created. Great story wish there were more books.

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Not the ending that I wanted but maybe one need

Over all this is a good story. It was easy to listen too. I love all the little goblin and imp voices.