*Book description and review may contain spoilers to book one of the series.  To read review of book one Twin Daggers first/instead, click here.

Title: Heartless Heirs (Twin Daggers #2)
Author: MarcyKate Connolly
Publisher: Blink
Genre: Young adult/teen fiction, Fantasy
Book format: Pre-publication digital copy
Sweet Strawberries:  Sweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet StrawberrySweet Strawberry

Description:  Aissa has never felt so trapped and alone even with her sister and friend by her side. Zandria—once her other half—has become cold and inflexible after her time in the Technocrats’ dungeon. Their friend Remy may still side with his father, a Magi leader who refuses to believe his spymaster has turned traitor. And Aissa herself is now an enemy of her Magi people after falling in love with—and binding her heart to—Aro, a Techno prince who puts all their lives at stake.
Aissa is determined to uncover the secrets of the Alchemist Alliance that created her and Zandria’s unique magical powers … as well as learn whether the Alliance’s research holds the key to healing the rift between the Magi and Technocrats after centuries of war. But with her people preparing for battle, it will take more than lost spells and hidden secrets to accomplish her goal. Especially as the bond between her and Aro grows deeper and threatens everything Aissa has ever believed.

Review:  Oh wow, what a wonderful adventure and brilliant sequel to Twin Daggers.  Heartless Heirs picks up right where Twin Daggers finished, literally moments after with Aissa, Zandria and Remy attempting to escape the city of Palinor.  After managing to get out they head towards the Chambers to warn the other Magi of what they’ve learned, but will the Magi believe what they have witnessed?   And with Zandria’s recent imprisonment driving a divide between the twins, Aissa feels torn between her loyalty to her sister and the Technocrat she fell in love with.

I just loved reading Twin Daggers at the start of this year.  It was such an amazing fantasy story, with so much happening and the interesting divide between the Magi, people who can use magic, and the Technocrats, those without magic who use and love their machines instead.  I loved immersing myself in the story and it was one that really pulled me in and ended in such a dramatic way, especially with what happens with Aro in the end, that I was eager and excited to see what would happen in this sequel.   I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed and despite some of the more neutral reviews I’ve read of this book, I’m glad I read it as for me it was sooo good!

The story picks up just after the last book finishes and I love how interesting and dramatic the action is as Aissa, Zandria and Remy try to get out of Palinor and warn the other magi about Darian.  As the story unfolds there are details from the last book explained, in case you forgot, and although things are explained well I would still advise that anyone wanting to read this series should start with the first book Twin Daggers, before reading Heartless Heirs as there are some things that you might not understand like the heartless and it just won’t have such a dramatic impact on you if you don’t know the back story first.

I do love how this book sucked me in from the first pages and how I instantly felt for Aissa and the other characters, and the struggles she has with her sister especially.  As the tale moves on we get to learn more about the Alchemist Alliance, with some interesting things revealed, before the story moves back to Palinor getting ever more exciting and dramatic as the tension builds.  I loved the adventure of the story.  There’s a lot that happens and I love how some characters like Leon from the previous book make an appearance again.  I couldn’t help but enjoy Darian’s character, especially with how dark things get, and I just loved how many twists there were in this story that I just didn’t see coming.  This story is  so compelling throughout, and I love how engrossed I got in everything that was happening.  There are some tense and darker moments too with the occasional scene that really shocked me, like a particular cabinet and what’s inside it..  I won’t say what happened but wow, I didn’t expect that!

The story has a good and dramatic build up towards the ending and the ending itself is a very satisfying one.  I just love how the very end of the story put a smile on my face, it was such a great ending to the whole duology!  It felt like the perfect ending despite everything dark that happens and even though I loved getting to the end of this book, a part of me is sad that the story is finished as I just didn’t want that to be the last I see of these characters or the city of Palinor.  I do like howve how everything wraps up and what happens to everyone in the end.  Although the book has a few shocking moments there’s nothing too graphic in the story, just a few moments that shock and might feel a bit eerie when you read them, but there’s nothing else I’d consider too upsetting.

This story is so good and is the perfect sequel to Twin Daggers and I’d definitely recommend the entire duology for anyone looking for a good ya fantasy that will really suck you into its world if you give it the time to.  I have really loved this book, the whole series being a favourite of mine now, and I can’t wait to read more books in the future from this author.  It’s definitely one of my favourite fantasy books ever, especially with the way things end for Aissa, and it’s a story that’s going to be stuck in my head a very long time!


What do you think of this book?  Have you read Twin Daggers?  What fantasy books do you enjoy?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂