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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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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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Misrule

This story is fantastic. It was definitely worth the wait. Im a little sad about how it ended but It definitely could have been worse. They were definitely a bunch of twists and turns i wasnt expecting.

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Absolutely love the book, but…

I absolutely love the book, but… The ending was rough. I feel like I was left wanting at the end and wish the author had chose a more complete ending.

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Wow

First books/duology and she knocks it out of the park. Can't wait to see more from this new author. for those of us old school nerds out there, this is the kind of lesbian adventure we have been waiting for.

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interesting fairytale

This book is almost as good as the first. the story is compelling and the new characters are interesting, especially the imps. there is a lot of conflict in the various relationships between characters but it is a fairytale and true love definitely plays a part. if you liked book one you will probably enjoy this book.

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Just as good

A sleeping beauty as it should have been. Equally as good as the first book.

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Sapphic Fantasy Dream Come True

The story was incredibly frustrating in the best possible way. It was totally worth the wait.