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War of the Twin Swords by Julia Godhirsh Review

On the night before her Choosing, there were whispers of war in the air.

After binding herself to Clarent, Opal is given a grim prophecy of her future. Alone and ostracized from her clan, she finds an unlikely ally in the sorceresses’ leader, Joan.

Joan is the reason the Sorceress clan wants to attack. She’s prophesied to pull Excalibur from its stone. But her clan wants its powers for a darker purpose.

They have to band together to stop the Sorceress clan’s invasion. Excalibur is on their side, but they’re outnumbered five to one. Can Opal escape this war unscathed?

Or will her prophecy come true?

*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review!*


This novelette is the start of a new series by Julia Goldhirsh called The Gem Stone Massacre series. At around 50 pages, it is a super quick read and a fast intro into this new world, billed as Merlin meets Once Upon a Time. The concept of this world, where the Enchantresses bind to a particular gemstone familiar to harness the gem’s powers, was fascinating to me and is an idea that has so much potential. The plot of this novelette is huge and full of action. Unfortunately because it was so short, all we got was the action. It almost felt like this was a summary of a larger novel. There was no chance for character or plot development and because of this, I found it hard to follow and care about what was happening. I wasn’t able to connect to any of the characters or believe in their relationships. It’s a bummer because the world and the storyline are cool and exciting, and I think could develop into a pretty epic journey. I don’t know if the rest of the series are going to be full novels, or continue on as novelettes, but I really hope that they will be longer so that we can actually get into the meat of what has the bones to be a great story. Overall, I loved the idea and the plot, but I needed more depth to really bring the story and characters to life.

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