The Black Blossom by CJ Anaya #BookReview

17 June, 2016     Sharon     4 Stars, Fantasy, Review, Young Adult

The Black Blossom by CJ Anaya #BookReviewTitle: The Black Blossom
Series: The Healer #2
Author: CJ Anaya
Pages: 324
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 11, 2015
Published by: Beau Coup Publishing
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
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four-stars

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: The Healer
Also by this author: The Healer
Forced into a dream-like state, Hope is reliving her life as Mikomi, Princess of the Kagami Empire and The Healer of the world. Life as an Imperial Princess is rife with danger, betrayal and intrigue as Mikomi joins forces with a rebel group of samurai warriors in order to usurp the throne from her tyrannical father. To win this seemingly hopeless war, she must train with Musubi, a warrior in the rebel army, and learn the art of the sword without revealing her identity as The Healer.Unbeknownst to her, Musubi harbors his own secret identity and personal agenda, both of which hold dark consequences for Mikomi's future. Neither one can afford to share their secrets, nor can they ignore the powerful chemistry building between them.

Further complications arise at the arrival of her betrothed, Katsu, who must aid her in mastering control of her own gift before she ascends as a full kami on her eighteenth birthday. Katsu is not the cold-hearted warrior god she expected, but how can she spend eternity with a deity she may never love?

Determined to avoid her destiny, she spies on her father and his generals, collecting intelligence for the rebel army in the hope that one day the empire of Kagami will be liberated and her own future will be hers to control.

reviewThe Black Blossom is book 2 in the Healer series, and I feel that it’s necessary for you to have read book 1 prior to starting this as the two stories overlap.

This book focuses on the first life of Mikomi and we see how the love triangle between Misubi and Katsu has developed and why, back in Japan eon’s ago. We see how and where Mikomi learns to fight and what her role was within the empire, leading her to having an important role to take on.

Mikomi is an intriguing character and I loved her heart and also her defiance of her father and his tyrannical ways. She is destined for a role that is an important one, but she’s not very excited by it or her ‘planned’ future husband. Misubi and Katsu both come across as good guys but one of them has a dark secret that is attempting to derail Mikomi’s future and this is a great twist to this story with a result even he didn’t expect.

The story is well written, flows at a nice pace and fills all the gaps left in the first book. It now makes a whole lot more sense and especially in regards to why the first book ended so abruptly.

There is no conclusion to this love triangle, and the open ending ensures that this will carry on for some time yet.

A fascinating continuation to this series, and I look forward to finding out what happens next.

4 stars!

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book.

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