Realm of Ruins (The Nissera Chronicles, #2) by Hannah West

Realm of Ruins (The Nissera Chronicles, #2)

Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power se...

Details Realm of Ruins (The Nissera Chronicles, #2)

TitleRealm of Ruins (The Nissera Chronicles, #2)
Release DateDec 4th, 2018
PublisherHoliday House
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews Realm of Ruins (The Nissera Chronicles, #2)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars, but you definitely don't need to read that first. There are some references to events in the distant past that might spoil parts of the first book, but otherwise you could totally follow this story on its own since it reads like a standalone. This had SO many YA fantasy elements I love that I was freaking out in the first half. The story was like everything I wanted to see... There's a magic...
  • Kelly Brigid
    “These words were intended to be spoken amid joyous revelers, but somehow they were more precious whispered in the shadows of rebellion.” Realm of Ruins is a thrilling fantasy adventure that although not wholly unique, is quite enjoyable to read through and presents some intriguing situations that push the line about what is heroic or not. With so many fantasy elements and various bits of well-known fairy-tales sprinkled throughout, I unfort...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Hannah West's Realm of Ruins is the companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briars. The story takes place 100 years after Kingdom of Ash and Briars so, no, you won't find any of the original characters making any sort of guest appearances. West introduces readers to a new heroine, 17-year old Valory Braiosa. Valory is a direct descendant of Bristal, the heroine of...
  • Brooke Buchanan
    I just finished reading an early copy of Realm of Ruins, and I could not "put it down" (as it were). The story hits the ground running and maintains a quick pace while still allowing for plenty of time getting to know the characters and how their journeys affect them. My favorite types of stories are the ones where you can't begin to guess where the story is headed next, compelling me to keep flipping the page and unfolding new corners of its wor...
  • Breanna
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by the publisher.Buddy read with Kelly at Another Book in the Wall! 💕Realm of Ruins is a companion novel to Kingdom of Ash and Briar, and while there are a few references to the previous book, you can definitely enjoy this without reading it and understand everything that is happening! One of the things I liked best about Realm of Ruins, was that the action started right away, quickly pull...
  • Erin Arkin
    Realm of Ruins by Hannah West is the companion novel to her first book Kingdom of Ash and Briars and part of the Nissera Chronicles series. If you like your stories to have a fairytale feel, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR stack.Our main character in this story is Valory, a descendant the main character from Kingdom of Ash and Briars, and she attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts.  Unfortunate...
  • Michaela Whitney
    I loved Kingdom of Ash and Briars so much, I was so excited when this was announced!The cover is absolutely gorgeous! "The bastard is welcome to fight me for it." We're introduced to Valory, a descendent of the great Bristal who saved Nissera from the dark elicromancer Tamarice.Valory while having elicromancer blood, shows no spark of magic, that by all rights she should possess in droves. Things have changed a bit since Bristal's time and not ev...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I was thrilled to be able to pick up the second book immediately after the first and stay in this world. I'll gather my thoughts and write my review.
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Realm of Ruins (Nissera Chronicles #2) by Hannah West, 464 pages. Holiday House, December 2018. $19.Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: GBUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHIn the ages since Bristal was thrown into the pond and discovered her elicrin powers, elicrin powers have been harnessed, tamed, and doled out to those “in favor”. Valory only meant to support her best friend as she underwen...
  • Emily
    After finishing Kingdom of Ash and Briars, I was super excited to pick this book up. Realm of Ruins is a continuation of the series, but it is its own standalone book. I really liked this story. It was so reminiscent of the first one, but completely was its own story. Again, with this book, the flawless transition into the fairy tales didn’t feel forced and each had a place in the story for a reason. The seamlessness that West appears to includ...
  • Amanda Hagerty
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. In return for my honest thoughts and review. I am so glad I won this book. I really enjoyed it. Now you don't have to read the first one. But I highly recommend that you do read the first book. Because there a lot information that refer back to book one. This book is about a young girl Valory who is training for a eliccromancer stone. Then on her birthday party she fellows her friend to the magical water. ...
  • Dana Linde
    I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. I would not have purchased this book on my own, so I'm glad I won it since it was such an enjoyable read. Like all fantasy books, it's sometimes hard to keep track of the unique settings, names and experiences, but this book was worth the effort. I especially liked how the author subtly tied experiences within the book to fairy tales we have grown up with. My only real criticism which leads to to a...
  • Chasty
    I would call this a back story fantasy. To me this story gives you the story of how Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White came about and I absolutely loved it. Valory is our hero that puts it all into action. This story just made me go wow I can see that being the back story. Well written and executed beautifully.
  • Karina
    Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★Realm Of Ruins is the spin-off/companion to West's 2016 debut, Kingdom Of Ash And Briars! This YA Fantasy melds so much from action, magic, fairy tales, quests, dark powers, royalty, & so much more! If your looking for wholly unique twists on the classic fairy tales, West's books are the ones to check out!Back in the early days of my blog, I fell in love with West's debut, Kingdom Of Ash And Briars! So, of course I jus...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)What I loved about Realm of Ruins is that it looks about the cost of ambitions and the price of the rules when they are broken. It's almost like a mixture of Beauty and the Beast with The Little Mermaid and more! It feels like this blending of stories you know, but always with a new twist, a different option - another ending. O...
  • Fyre.Katz
    I enjoyed most of this book, but the ending left me feeling sort of disappointed, how this big bad was swatted pretty much like a moth. I like that the fae people were in the story. I sort of wanted more but hey their people aren't like that. The romance was good since it wasn't like love at first sight or anything and grew from something. And that ending about the beauty and the beast... I need that in my life... that needs to be written next- y...
  • Misty
    Video review>here. This and its predecessor were favorites of the year.
  • Anika G.
    Realm of Ruins is a really good book with a strong plot. It explained the characters so thoroughly that I did not even know that it was the second book in a series. However, I think that people should read the first book in the series to fully understand what's going on.
  • Kali Katzmann
    Awesome awesome awesome book! For anyone who appreciates a book with strong female characters, sexy and intelligent men, Disney references, fantasy and magic....this is the book for you! And that is really just the tip of the iceberg. I read this book in ONE NIGHT. I could not put it down, and I was crazy tired the next day. I didn't care though. This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. Which is wonderful and frustrating :) Hannah W...
  • Sarah
    Realm of Ruins took everything I loved about Kingdom of Ash and Briars--the complex characters, unique magic system, awesome antagonists, and gorgeous writing--and amped it all up. West's latest novel is dark and intense, with intricate plotting and an underdog main character you'll love to cheer on.
  • Caleb Bollenbacher
    Another excellent story from Nissera! Timely yet timeless; classic but approachable; familiar and fresh all at once. I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking to scratch that fantasy itch!
  •  Debra (WifeEclectic)
    More like 4.5. I really liked this book. Well written.
  • Nia
    Math. Even the most complex problems have a solution. That’s why Esther is obsessed with math. Life. Not everything in life has a solution, and even if it does, life problems are not as easy to solve as math problems.Esther’s family has just moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Her step-father Tom thinks that’ll be the best way to hide Esther’s past mistakes. Hopefully the giant statue of Jesus Christ will help inspire Esther to be...
  • Nay Denise
    Received a copy for review.Such a beautiful YA fantasy that pays homage to classics such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. This was action packed, drama filled and held many plot twists that created such a beautiful world and well-rounded characters. I could not put this book down hence why I read it so quickly.This is the second book in a series, but it's a companion novel. You don't have to read book one, Kingdom of Ash and Briars...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    "Please let me be powerful."Trouble follows Valory Braiosa wherever she goes.Raised in Calgoran during the Age of the Accords, Valory is surrounded by elicrin magic and elicromancers. As a descendant of the legendary Queen Bristal and King Anthony, everyone assumes Valory will become a powerful elicromancer herself. But now she is almost at the end of her time at the Academy with no signs of power manifesting. With her chances of receiving an eli...
  • Jennifer
    West's new book takes place about a hundred years after the events of Kingdom of Ash and Briars. It's the same kingdom and some characters are descended from the earlier characters, but luckily readers don't really have to remember the details of the first book in order to enjoy the new one. West expands that world and creates a story with a lot of action and some court intrigue thrown in. Plotting keeps readers on their toes and there are a few ...
  • Neonila
    This book, and this series in general, wasn't quite what I expected. I was kind of disappointed, really.The writing was decent and so were the characters, but it all fell kind of flat. I was bored and confused at times, which lead me to not being really interested and invested in what was happening. Overall, I don't think this was a bad book, per se. It just felt like a foundation of what it should have been. Someone else might actually love this...
  • Rose
    Thank you for the book as I won it. The story line is very well written I couldn't put it down!! Unfortunately taking away from this is a lot of crudity & lewdness which definitely wasn't needed. Too much to take out. Good author but leave the junk out.