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Malice by Heather Walter

Genre: Fantasy
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Del Rey
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About The Book

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who cursed a line of princesses to die, and could only be broken by true love’s kiss. You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after.
Utter nonsense.
Let me tell you, no one actually cares about what happens to our princesses. I thought I didn’t care, either. Until I met her.
Princess Aurora. The last heir to the throne. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.
But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating – and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I-
I am the villain.


My Thoughts

What an amazing tale; dark and full of magic it was impossible to put down!
This story will transport the reader to a magic world, the Grace’s have gold in their blood and they are “used” to make magic, I am saying “used” because it seems more enslaved by it. They have to live in special houses, have a schedule full of clients until they will run out of gold in their blood. Then they are useless, left alone until they die… This is how the Briar world rules, even the monarchy has their own strict rules and curses… This is not a world I would love to live or being part; it remind me the “Handmade’s Tale” world, where women are used and feel powerless and trapped; without any way to stop it.
This is the story of Alyce, the Dark Grace, a lost girl in a world where she feels different and everyone seems to use or hate her. Alyce, is a wicked fairy, she works in one of the Grace’s house, her magic is not used for good but for the wicked things, not like her other house mates, they have the golden blood, but her is green and dark… She will meet Princess Aurora, the future queen of the Briar’s throne, they friendship will change their paths forever, will it be for good or bad? This is yet to be known…
I loved this book, the story and all the deep currents behind it, I hope this will not be the only story with Alyce. I have so many questions after ending this book, the story has an open ending and I really hope we will meet all of them soon.
Are you ready to enter the “Malice” world?


About The Author

Heather Walter has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with both English and Information Science degrees, books are–and always will be–a definitive part of her life.As an author, Heather loves writing about what-ifs, flawed protagonists, and re-imagined history. Her favorite characters are usually villains.When not writing, you can find her reading (duh), knitting, binging TV, and planning her next travel adventure.