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Author: A.J. Nuest

Published: December 18th 2014 by HarperImpulseUK

Format: Kindle Edition , 106 pages

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Language: English


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The second Faedrah Austiere walked into his life off the canvas, everything in Rhys McEleod’s world stopped making sense. Not only does her story sound like a Grimm’s fairy tale, evidently he’s been cast as the villain. If that isn’t enough, the mirror inside that old, beat up armoire at her uncle’s condo is supposedly a doorway to another world. Ever since the pathway ope The second Faedrah Austiere walked into his life off the canvas, everything in Rhys McEleod’s world stopped making sense. Not only does her story sound like a Grimm’s fairy tale, evidently he’s been cast as the villain. If that isn’t enough, the mirror inside that old, beat up armoire at her uncle’s condo is supposedly a doorway to another world. Ever since the pathway opened, something inside him has seemed…off. If what his muse says is true, they are headed for an epic showdown, but he isn’t about to let her go. Nothing is more important than Faedrah’s protection, even if her parents refuse to accept him. Though certain their fates are bound by more than the golden key Princess Faedrah wears around her neck, it is paramount Rhys’ true identity be kept secret. Should news of his bloodline ever reach her kingdom, their entire quest to save her people could be lost. Their only hope to prove his loyalty is to steal the map to the dark lord’s Crystal Crypt. Yet her a plan endangers her beloved more than the accusations he faces in her kingdom and, to escape evil’s grasp, she and Rhys must take a leap of faith beyond her wildest imagination.

30 review for The Sacrifice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    The Sacrifice is a magical adventure to a marvelous urban fantasy world. This is a love story that crosses centuries with an ancient evil on the periphery to steal it all. Faedrah and Rhys know they are caught in a web of machinations but never imagined how deep the layers go. Nuest once again envelopes us in her story and characters. As the layers of the story unravel, the diabolical plot is astonishing and wonderfully well constructed. I loved how there is a blending of Faedrah's take on this m The Sacrifice is a magical adventure to a marvelous urban fantasy world. This is a love story that crosses centuries with an ancient evil on the periphery to steal it all. Faedrah and Rhys know they are caught in a web of machinations but never imagined how deep the layers go. Nuest once again envelopes us in her story and characters. As the layers of the story unravel, the diabolical plot is astonishing and wonderfully well constructed. I loved how there is a blending of Faedrah's take on this modern world with Rhys's ability to accept Faedrah's reality. The ending is a doozy of a cliff hanger. Lets just say, I'll be white knuckle waiting for the next installment. I'm hopelessly hooked on A.J. Nuest's The Gold Key Legacy series. I received this copy of The Sacrifice from HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 18, 2014. Written by: A.J. Nuest Series: The Golden Key Legacy Sequence in Series: #2 ISBN-13: 9780008123130 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 12/18/2014 Rating: 5 Stars Sold by: Harper Collins UK Genre: They Say: Time Travel | Romance | Fantasy I Say: Urban Fantasy | Romance Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonel

    Nuest does it again! She’s written an absolutely unforgettable story that you won’t be able to put down. This one pick up right where the last left of, with emotions flying high and loyalties set. The intensely action packed plot with a fast forward pace kept me hooked throughout. The vivid, colourful descriptions paint this world right before your eyes. By switching perspectives between the main characters Nuest gives you a well-rounded sense of the story & it’s implications to everyone involved Nuest does it again! She’s written an absolutely unforgettable story that you won’t be able to put down. This one pick up right where the last left of, with emotions flying high and loyalties set. The intensely action packed plot with a fast forward pace kept me hooked throughout. The vivid, colourful descriptions paint this world right before your eyes. By switching perspectives between the main characters Nuest gives you a well-rounded sense of the story & it’s implications to everyone involved. Nuest’s entire way of writing changes when she switches to suit the character at hand, while still maintaining the same vibrant, larger than life feel to the story. The differing speech patterns in the dialogue really differentiates the character origins as well. The story ends with the mother of all cliffhangers, leaving you dying for more. I can’t even guess how this is all going to turn around in the next instalment (which I’m dying to read). It is a fantastic addition to a must read series that definitely leaves you wanting so much more. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Mini fan, check! Smelling salts, check! Eyerolls for parental interference and dictates, check! Fist bumps ready? Have you practiced your royal wave for the queen? Gather your things because A. J. Nuest is taking us back to her smoking hot, emotionally intense and quite frankly, sometimes humorous world of The Golden Key Legacy with book two, The Sacrifice. Rhys has gotten used to the idea that his muse, Faedrah, really is a princess from another realm, and he may have more ties to her than eith Mini fan, check! Smelling salts, check! Eyerolls for parental interference and dictates, check! Fist bumps ready? Have you practiced your royal wave for the queen? Gather your things because A. J. Nuest is taking us back to her smoking hot, emotionally intense and quite frankly, sometimes humorous world of The Golden Key Legacy with book two, The Sacrifice. Rhys has gotten used to the idea that his muse, Faedrah, really is a princess from another realm, and he may have more ties to her than either realizes. There are those who are not too happy about it. Hmm, it would appear that Rhys is destined for trouble with King Caedom and Queen Rowena, but Faedrah, being her parents’ daughter is having none of their “putting their royal feet down” about their budding romance. Can you imagine looking through an armoire into another world, knowing your own father may be the evil villain behind it all? Can you say, “Awkward?” The trained warrior in Faedrah is prepared to do battle with anyone who would harm her family, her realm or her Rhys, but will a visit to a witch change her thoughts? Will Rhys and Faedrah work together to get their hands on the one article that could change the fate of Faedrah’s world? I’m thinking that might go far to sooth the parents, or not, especially if they discover their innocent daughter is now a woman and Rhys may have had a hand, or um, “something” in this monumental event. Love knows no bounds, and Rhys is NOT the dastardly Gaelleod, it isn’t like he could have chosen his sire. Okay, A.J. Nuest, you have captured me once again, hook, line and, oh my gosh, those sensually and sexually charged scenes, my eyes could have been electrocuted they were so hot! Ms. Nuest knows how to spin a spellbinding tale, from dialogue that runs the gamut from hysterical to “grab the smelling salts,” she brings each character to life in all of their unique glory. Faedrah is priceless, feisty and loyal while being sweet and innocent to the ways of 21st century Earth. Rhys, grab your fan, you are going to need it. The uncles, love them, love them, love them. About that plot? Spot on, riveting, full of imagination and tension, because once again, the clock is running down, the hourglass is sifting sand. And the ending? It’s like this………………..Gah! Signature Nuest style! I am soooo lucky to have received this copy from A.J. Nuest and HarperImpulse in exchange for my honest review. Series: The Golden Key Legacy - Book II Publication Date: December 18, 2014 ISBN: 9780008123130 Genre: Romantic Fantasy Print Length: 106 pages Available from: Amazon Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Johanne Poirier

    From the previous book, Princess Feadrah has crossed over the mirror and end up in her uncle’s place wondering was she’s naked. Her uncles tell her to use the robe that is waiting for her, and ask who they are and why she’s in their appartment. She is there in the mordern day and meet Rhys, who will help her find how to adjust to that new life. She will falls for him and share with him what has to be accomplish for being the Princess of a Kingdom. She will also encounter the black side of magic an From the previous book, Princess Feadrah has crossed over the mirror and end up in her uncle’s place wondering was she’s naked. Her uncles tell her to use the robe that is waiting for her, and ask who they are and why she’s in their appartment. She is there in the mordern day and meet Rhys, who will help her find how to adjust to that new life. She will falls for him and share with him what has to be accomplish for being the Princess of a Kingdom. She will also encounter the black side of magic and will be shock to find the person who holds part of her enigma and may destroy her relationship with Rhys. The answer lay with the key she wears aroung her neck. Can’t wait to find out more in the next book, The Wizard Rises. AJ Nuest knows how to keep you in suspense through her story and you just want to keep on reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Love Reading Romance

    Last time I reviewed one of AJ Nuest's books I promised a more concise review of Book 2, so let's see if I can satisfactorily fangirl this time without getting into thesis length territory. You might remember that the last book ended, somewhat unsurprisingly, with the most horrible cliffhanger to ever hang off a cliff. It killed me. So I was relieved to find that The Sacrifice launches in right where A Furious Muse left us. Rhys has discovered that his father knows Faedrah, that they have some da Last time I reviewed one of AJ Nuest's books I promised a more concise review of Book 2, so let's see if I can satisfactorily fangirl this time without getting into thesis length territory. You might remember that the last book ended, somewhat unsurprisingly, with the most horrible cliffhanger to ever hang off a cliff. It killed me. So I was relieved to find that The Sacrifice launches in right where A Furious Muse left us. Rhys has discovered that his father knows Faedrah, that they have some dark history (though he has no idea quite the extent just yet), and he's pretty damned angry. Meanwhile, Faedrah has faced her greatest foe and, much to her horror, run from the room terrified - pretty freaking sensible if you ask me. From here, what unfolds is a story of revelations and raised stakes. Not only does Faedrah realize that she loves Rhys, but Rhys realizes that, holy hell, his muse is actually a princess from another realm. And then, the veil reopens. It's a pretty big day for the both of them. As a reader, I was basically freaking out. The sexual tension between these two continues to be off the charts, but Rhys also gives into his desires and we get some sexy times to end all sexy times. Oh my golly gosh. *fans self furiously* I just love these two characters. I know I've mentioned it before, but I freaking adore Faedrah and Rhys. While Faedrah is this lost little princess who is also a kick ass fighter, Rhys is my idea of alpha perfection. He totally respects Faedrah, while also being so uber protective and possessive that he's willing to disrespect a king and queen to stand up for her. Yeah... He melts me. In this installment Rhys meets Faedrah's parents, through the armoire, which is such a fantastic scene. Talk about meeting the parents. I love that we get to see the Caedmon and Rowena of the first series, but from a completely different perspective. It's clear that they are still the same characters, but from Rhys' point of view they take on totally new roles. So good. Once much is revealed in this installment (though not quite all), Rhys and Faedrah put a plan in action - they will save Faedrah's realm by stealing a vital map from his father, the evil Gaelleod! But nothing could be so easy. Obviously, this one ends in a worse cliff hanger than the first. You didn't doubt it would, did you? Faedrah and Rhys are now in even more trouble than at the beginning of this installment, and we have to wait until January 29 to find out what happens next. Argh.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terri Rochenski

    Well, hot damn that is one hell of a cliff hanger. While I HATE such things, I've got the next installment lined up & ready to go on my kindle. I had to take a moment, though, to jot down a smidge rather than give a drive by 5*. Sometimes it's easy to grow numb toward a character / characters interactions, but not so with Ms. Nuest. She keeps it fresh. Another hot scene? Yes, please, because I will NOT be disappointed. Annoyed with each other? The Big Bad Guy haunts another dream? Bring it. No sc Well, hot damn that is one hell of a cliff hanger. While I HATE such things, I've got the next installment lined up & ready to go on my kindle. I had to take a moment, though, to jot down a smidge rather than give a drive by 5*. Sometimes it's easy to grow numb toward a character / characters interactions, but not so with Ms. Nuest. She keeps it fresh. Another hot scene? Yes, please, because I will NOT be disappointed. Annoyed with each other? The Big Bad Guy haunts another dream? Bring it. No scene is stagnant or purple, but there is lush descriptions my eyes refuse to skim. And, I'm a skimmer. Big time. Like the first book, this is one non-stop hot ride full of tension, conflict, and passion. (GALORE!) Can't. Get. Enough. And because of that, I'm off to dive into the next. Kids are in bed, and I have a few hours. Woo hoo! Lucky me...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    The Sacrifice picks up where A Furious Muse leaves off. Which was on the edge of your seat cliff hanger. Rys learns the truth about Faedrah.As the relationship heats up between them and it gets scorching. Rys meets Faedrah's parents through the veil and so much comes to light. Faedrah and Rhys relationship reminds me so much of her parents. If you haven't read the series this was spun off of you might want to go back and read it just for the face of how wonderfully it is written. Anyhow they have The Sacrifice picks up where A Furious Muse leaves off. Which was on the edge of your seat cliff hanger. Rys learns the truth about Faedrah.As the relationship heats up between them and it gets scorching. Rys meets Faedrah's parents through the veil and so much comes to light. Faedrah and Rhys relationship reminds me so much of her parents. If you haven't read the series this was spun off of you might want to go back and read it just for the face of how wonderfully it is written. Anyhow they have that undying love between them and you feel it in the story. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Hardin

    ONCE AGAIN THE MIRROR SWINGS OPEN SHARING OUR WORLD WITH AUSTIERE so anyone who is a friend knows i have been anxiously awaiting this book- and happy to say it did not dissapoint -this time around the book starts with our heroine faedrah running from the evil wizard gaelleod who we find out is our heros rys dad- as rys dives in the car after her to escape his father- faedrah starts hitting him with her stiletto- he calms her down convinces her he did know who his dad was and takes her back to his ONCE AGAIN THE MIRROR SWINGS OPEN SHARING OUR WORLD WITH AUSTIERE so anyone who is a friend knows i have been anxiously awaiting this book- and happy to say it did not dissapoint -this time around the book starts with our heroine faedrah running from the evil wizard gaelleod who we find out is our heros rys dad- as rys dives in the car after her to escape his father- faedrah starts hitting him with her stiletto- he calms her down convinces her he did know who his dad was and takes her back to his home-where they try to get some sleep- however sleep eludes rys and he spends the night drawing dozens of sketches of his love in what appears to be living in another world and time- entering this world through a mirror and many of how she looked before and after they met- sometime during all this he realizes his lady love was telling him the truth - she is from another realm -- during breakfast faedrah is trying to eat and explain to rys just what is going on and how she must destroy his father- however the earth quite literally moves and uncle ollie calls with the news the portal has again reopened and faedrah's parents king caedmon and queen rowena want to speak with her immediately -- ok so the whole meet the parents was done with lots of wit- i was smiling and chuckling as i read- so king and queen are introduced to her beloved- but they left out the part rys is of gaelleods blood- faedrah agree to meet with an old character from the first set of books - the witch violet - they all form a plan to steal the map they need- so now the question is- will they be successful or fail--- will the evil wizard get his hands on faedrah will rys be harmed - seems our lady has been having disturbing dreams again- i like that faedrah is still a stron willed independent lady who is willing and able to act of her own behalf- but smart enough to take help when offered- i like that rys while willing to rush in an be the hero when necessary has enough sense to follow his lady plans - i loved the fact that these 2 seem destined to be together though fate seems to want to tear them apart- i like that is was a love that first started slowly - started to sizzle and ignited in this book with many steamy sensual love scenes- i hate the fact that once again it ends on a cliffhanger- but all i can can say if you like feisty females- suspense- sensual love scenes- a touch of magic and mystery- then i recommend you start this series -

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hopelessly Hooked on Books

    I was honored to beta read this and you are gonna love it. Review will come when released

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl La Pa

    This is the second book in The Golden Key Legacy series and it continues straight on from Book 1. The story is set in two interconnecting worlds –with Faedrah from the past travelling to Rhys’ modern world. This sets the scene for some humorous misunderstandings with Faedrah’s old world dialogue and customs as she explores her strange new world with its modern technology. Faedrah is determined to stop the dark wizard, Gaelleod, and save her people’s kingdom from doom. When Rhys comes to realise This is the second book in The Golden Key Legacy series and it continues straight on from Book 1. The story is set in two interconnecting worlds –with Faedrah from the past travelling to Rhys’ modern world. This sets the scene for some humorous misunderstandings with Faedrah’s old world dialogue and customs as she explores her strange new world with its modern technology. Faedrah is determined to stop the dark wizard, Gaelleod, and save her people’s kingdom from doom. When Rhys comes to realise that Faedrah is indeed a princess from another realm, they work together to find the evil villain. Faedrah and Rhys’ relationship deepens and the chemistry is sizzling hot!. I loved Faedrah – she is strong, determined and kick-ass, yet still so innocent and niave. And Rhys is swoon-worthy – hot and fiercely protective of Faedrah. I loved the scene when Rhys has the daunting task of meeting her parents, the King and Queen. And the ‘uncles’ are hilarious. The plot is well constructed with a few plot twists and plenty of humour. It is beautifully written, with memorable characters and enough unanswered questions to keep me hooked. The Sacrifice is full of action, romance, mystery and intrigue. I was caught up in the adventure with Rhys and Faedrah and can’t wait to find out what happens in Book 3.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Cocoa

    Very well written and nicely edited for content and grammar. I love the whole concept and the intelligent manner of writing this fantasy book. The characters are not only well fleshed out but the sort you fall for, root for, yell at and cry about. The plot feels original and well thought out and researched. Plenty of action that is very well written. Every check box for what should be in a great fantasy is in this book. I love the way Nuest describes everything - perfectly without going overboar Very well written and nicely edited for content and grammar. I love the whole concept and the intelligent manner of writing this fantasy book. The characters are not only well fleshed out but the sort you fall for, root for, yell at and cry about. The plot feels original and well thought out and researched. Plenty of action that is very well written. Every check box for what should be in a great fantasy is in this book. I love the way Nuest describes everything - perfectly without going overboard.I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    After reading the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read the second one. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down, obvious since I finished it the same day that I started reading it. I've read a lot of series books where the characters change a little bit and it leaves you a little lost because there's nothing to show why they changed, but the characters in this book are exactly the way that they were in the first one. I fell in love with all of them from the beginning and still After reading the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read the second one. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down, obvious since I finished it the same day that I started reading it. I've read a lot of series books where the characters change a little bit and it leaves you a little lost because there's nothing to show why they changed, but the characters in this book are exactly the way that they were in the first one. I fell in love with all of them from the beginning and still love each of them. With everything that Rhys and Faedrah have been through in these two books so far, the love that they have for each other shines through and makes you hope for a good ending. I do not like cliffhangers because I'm too impatient to wait for the next book to cone out, but AJ Nuest ends each book at the perfect time. You get so pulled in to the story that when it's over you want to keep trying to turn the page to read more. Amazing book by an amazing author and I can't wait to start the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm addicted! Ms. Nuest picks right back up where A Furious Muse picks up. Within a page or two I was swept back into the world of the Golden Key Chronicles. The only issue I had is yet another cliff hanger and the wait between books. THEY ARE THAT GOOD. This book figures out something that is going to help with the kingdom and now it has to be found. The danger is walking back into the layer of "Leo" who is back and creepier than ever. This book has a chill factor and an ending that will have y I'm addicted! Ms. Nuest picks right back up where A Furious Muse picks up. Within a page or two I was swept back into the world of the Golden Key Chronicles. The only issue I had is yet another cliff hanger and the wait between books. THEY ARE THAT GOOD. This book figures out something that is going to help with the kingdom and now it has to be found. The danger is walking back into the layer of "Leo" who is back and creepier than ever. This book has a chill factor and an ending that will have you turning all the lights on. Good news, you get some steamy action and Rys goes around shirtless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    April Hollingworth

    Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth The Sacrifice is the second part of the wildly addictive, The Golden Key Legacy. Faedrah and Rhys find themselves in desperate need of advice. Both are determined to protect the other no matter what. Answers are revealed and a trust is needed if they are to come out with a plan that just might save Faedrah’s kingdom and people as well as their own lives. I must admit AJ has done it again. She literally takes you on a journey that you will happily dance along Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth The Sacrifice is the second part of the wildly addictive, The Golden Key Legacy. Faedrah and Rhys find themselves in desperate need of advice. Both are determined to protect the other no matter what. Answers are revealed and a trust is needed if they are to come out with a plan that just might save Faedrah’s kingdom and people as well as their own lives. I must admit AJ has done it again. She literally takes you on a journey that you will happily dance along the unknown path knowing you will have an adventure of epic proportions. I can’t wait to read the next part of this wonderfully exhilarating series. Opening Scene: I’m going to fucking kill him. The Review: With his life turning into a story from the Grimm’s fairy tales with him cast in the role of the evil villain, Rhys McEleod is finding it difficult to figure out his path in this saga. The only thing he knows for definite is his desire to protect Faedrah no matter what. Even if he can’t figure out the details. With the mirror inside the armoire finally open, seeing his beloved’s parents isn’t helping matters, especially as his bloodline must be kept secret. A showdown is nearing, a map must be found and Rhys and Faedrah’s very lives are on the line. There is no clear path to save her people and kingdom, all they know is they are destined to be together and will fight together. Yet a leap of faith is needed to be taken, a leap beyond their wildest imagings. Notable Scene: “Come here.” He lowered his hand, wincing, but no matter how much he blinked the vision in his right eye refused to focus. “I do not deserve your forgiveness or your love.” Her hair shimmered down her back like a blanket of stars as she shook her head. “I have failed.” Her whisper was so soft, he thought at first he’d misheard her, and the thump of tires over potholes and blare of horns from congested lakefront traffic didn’t help. He needed her closer. To figure out a way to reassure her. Whatever “failure” had happened between her and Leo, Rhys would bet the keys to his bike she wasn’t to blame. She had no clue she’d be running into him tonight and, in typical Leo fashion, the asshole had enjoyed every second of his little stunt. “It’s not your fault. Leo set you up. Hell, he’d set us both up.” FTC Advisory: A.J. Nuest provided me with a copy of The Sacrifice by AJ Nuest. Published through Harper Impulse. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Shivers

    Rhys has discovered that his father knows Faedrah and that they have some dark history. Faedrah has faced her greatest foe and much to her disappointment runs from the room terrified. Faedrah at first believes Rhys has set her up until she calmly listens to his explaination. Faedrah comes to realize that she loves Rhys. Rhys thought Faedrah knew his father through evil business dealings then realizes that his muse is actually a princess from another realm and his father, Leo, is an evil wizard. Rhys has discovered that his father knows Faedrah and that they have some dark history. Faedrah has faced her greatest foe and much to her disappointment runs from the room terrified. Faedrah at first believes Rhys has set her up until she calmly listens to his explaination. Faedrah comes to realize that she loves Rhys. Rhys thought Faedrah knew his father through evil business dealings then realizes that his muse is actually a princess from another realm and his father, Leo, is an evil wizard. When Faedrah and Rhys are open about their love for each other the veil reopens. Which leads to Rhys meeting Faedrah's parents, Rowena and Caedmon, through the armoire. Rhys and Faedrah put a plan in action - they will save Faedrah's realm by stealing a vital map from his father, the evil Gaelleod!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shakera

    AJ Nuest never ceases to amaze me! Every page was a page turner for me. I was excited for Rhys to meet Faedrah's parents... even if it was through Skype... (well their version of Skype...) I was nervous when Faedrah had her dreams... I felt like I was with the two of them every step of the way... Great job!!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book picks up right where A Furious Muse leaves off. It is just as well-written and exciting to read as the last book. The two main characters, Faedrah and Rhys have finally graduated their relationship, from hatred at first sight (on her end) and obsession (on his end), to an actual relationship and feelings of mutual affection. I found the sex scenes to be completely cheesy and eye-roll worthy. Get past those though, of which I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book picks up right where A Furious Muse leaves off. It is just as well-written and exciting to read as the last book. The two main characters, Faedrah and Rhys have finally graduated their relationship, from hatred at first sight (on her end) and obsession (on his end), to an actual relationship and feelings of mutual affection. I found the sex scenes to be completely cheesy and eye-roll worthy. Get past those though, of which there are blessedly few, and this is just as amazing a story as the previous book. The royal parentals show up via the magic armoire, and Faedrah refuses to leave Rhys’ side as they demand, instead staying in the modern day world to face the evil wizard, Gaelleod and defeat him. The writing was just as good as in the previous book, and the characters are memorable. The end is a strong enough hook for me to want to continue the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    JAIME

    The first thing that drew me in with this book was its lovely cover, and I immediately headed over to Amazon to purchase the first book in the Golden Key Legacy series given that this is the second, only to discover that this is a spin off of another series titled The Golden Key Chronicles which details the travels of our protagonist's parents. I don't think it is necessary to read the Golden Key Chronicles first to understand what is going on in this book, I definitely followed fine. The last b The first thing that drew me in with this book was its lovely cover, and I immediately headed over to Amazon to purchase the first book in the Golden Key Legacy series given that this is the second, only to discover that this is a spin off of another series titled The Golden Key Chronicles which details the travels of our protagonist's parents. I don't think it is necessary to read the Golden Key Chronicles first to understand what is going on in this book, I definitely followed fine. The last book, The Furious Muse, ended on a total cliffhanger, which you would have seen coming a mile off. The Sacrifice begins some minutes after the conclusion of the last, and kind of glances over what could have been, and what I assumed would be some kind of epic fight seen. A battle of words at the very least. Nope. Turns out our badass heroine is a bit of a wuss. The book goes on to be much about discovering each other, the motives of each of the players and the advancement of their relationship. I went on to read many many reviews of both this book and The Furious Muse and what stood out were the comparisons to 'Outlander' and people gushing over the sexual tension. I just didn't get it. At one point, I actually checked to see that this was the right ''The Sacrifice'. That's not to say that this isn't a good read. I did enjoy it There was much intrigue, and a reintroduction of characters from the first book. Plus another bloody cliffhanger ;)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Crowne

    While the Golden Key Chroniclers took me on an exciting ride to a mystical realm, The Golden Key Legacy brings the culture and honor of that magical kingdom to the modern day world and delivers a thrilling adventure. As I did The Sacrifice, I’ve adored each installment in this fantastical series full of rich world building, heart thumping adventure, delicious language and steamy romance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book picks up where the first book left off. While the book was well written, it didn't quite hold my attention the way the first book did. It feels like the middle of a story rather than a story of its own. The romance was amazingly well done. AJ Nuest can most definitely write a hot and steamy scene that makes you swoon. There is a hilarious meet the parents scene that shows you how Rowena and Caedmon are still the same, but have grown into their roles as parents. We also get to see anoth This book picks up where the first book left off. While the book was well written, it didn't quite hold my attention the way the first book did. It feels like the middle of a story rather than a story of its own. The romance was amazingly well done. AJ Nuest can most definitely write a hot and steamy scene that makes you swoon. There is a hilarious meet the parents scene that shows you how Rowena and Caedmon are still the same, but have grown into their roles as parents. We also get to see another favorite from the Golden Key Chronicles, Violet. We learn lots of interesting information from Violet. There was an interesting plot twist and a killer cliffhanger. Hopefully book three picks up exactly where book two left off. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Artemiz

    The second part of The Golden Key Legacy - The Sacrifice - by A.J. Nuest starts of with a shock to Faedrah and continues with her losing her virginity, telling all to Rhys, some earthquakes, meeting the future in-laws (from both sides), some digging in past and discovering a chilling pattern and some more love making against the wall, in bed... and then Rhys dad Leo is there and our young heroes, instead of getting away from him as quickly as possible, stay put and approach him and ... That's it The second part of The Golden Key Legacy - The Sacrifice - by A.J. Nuest starts of with a shock to Faedrah and continues with her losing her virginity, telling all to Rhys, some earthquakes, meeting the future in-laws (from both sides), some digging in past and discovering a chilling pattern and some more love making against the wall, in bed... and then Rhys dad Leo is there and our young heroes, instead of getting away from him as quickly as possible, stay put and approach him and ... That's it for this part. If I'd had the whole book, not just parts of the book, I'd keep reading, but now ... I'm not so sure I'm intrigued enough.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anika Claire

    I'm still not really enjoying this series as much as the previous one. I think it's mostly because I don't like Rhys at all. Worth reading to progress the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Perhaps if I had read the other books in AJ Nuest’s The Golden Key Legacy series I would have more of a clue what is going on in her latest addition to the series, The Sacrifice. Picking up this novel cold, I’m at a loss. Here is what I can tell so far— Faedrah is a princess and kickass fighter from a world akin to the underworld, she fell or maybe climbed through a mirror thing in an armoire at her uncle’s place (cue The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). I only figured that out well into the Perhaps if I had read the other books in AJ Nuest’s The Golden Key Legacy series I would have more of a clue what is going on in her latest addition to the series, The Sacrifice. Picking up this novel cold, I’m at a loss. Here is what I can tell so far— Faedrah is a princess and kickass fighter from a world akin to the underworld, she fell or maybe climbed through a mirror thing in an armoire at her uncle’s place (cue The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). I only figured that out well into the book. The book opens with Faedrah in a fight with some dude named Rhys at he tries to get here away from some other dude named Leo. Rhys gets her back to his place, the get busy, decide after one night of excellent sex that they are soul mates and want nothing more than to spend a lifetime together. The next morning things get weird, and Faedrah tells him who she really is and that she’s game to defy her folks in order to be together. Rhys decides that he will protect her form everyone cuz she is his woman. Oh, and Rhys is this Leo dude’s son and Leo is an evil wizard who can operate in both our realm and in Faedrah’s. Therefore Rhys and Faedrah should not be able to be together, but they talk her parents into letting them give it a go. A little more nookie occurs…….. and at 70% finished with the story, I’m throwing in the towel. The plot is disjointed and difficult to follow, I can’t stand how oddly stilted her language patterns are, I can’t see any reason for these two to be together other than they have the hots for each other. I learned more from the back cover than from reading the book. I’m good with intuitive leaps and all sorts of sci-fi time travel and different worlds, but this is a nonstarter for me. The back cover claims that this is the new Outlander. It’s not. An honest review in exchange for an ARC via netgalley.com 12/16/14 www.netgalley.com [email protected] www.goodreads.com www.amazon.com www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma Star Crossed Reviews

    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews Thank you to Harper Impulse for accepting my request via Netgalley. This is the second book in the Golden Key Legacy Series. After finishing the first book A Furious Muse I knew I had to find time in my schedule to read the rest of the series. This book picks up right after the end of the first book. Faedrah has just discovered who Gaelleod is and is working out her next move. I don't want to give too much of the story away so I'll just say This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews Thank you to Harper Impulse for accepting my request via Netgalley. This is the second book in the Golden Key Legacy Series. After finishing the first book A Furious Muse I knew I had to find time in my schedule to read the rest of the series. This book picks up right after the end of the first book. Faedrah has just discovered who Gaelleod is and is working out her next move. I don't want to give too much of the story away so I'll just say that this book is full of some twists that I did not see coming. There are some revisits to some old characters (for those of you that have read the Golden Key Chronicles) as well some new and interesting ones. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Rhys meets Faedrah's parents. As with all of AJ's books she really pulls you into the world she has written, whether that be the present day or the Austiere Kingdom. You forget the world around you and fall into the world she has created. I am itching to get myself wrapped up in the rest of the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jo Hughes

    I would like to thank Harper Impulse for approving me to read this book on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. In this the second book in the series Faedrah and Rhys need to return to Faedrahs own world and Rhys is determined to do whatever it takes to protect Faedrah. As with all of AJ's books I was instantly transported to a different world and became involved in their story. I loved that both Caedmon and Rowena are back too. Some of the scenes in this story had be laughing out l I would like to thank Harper Impulse for approving me to read this book on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. In this the second book in the series Faedrah and Rhys need to return to Faedrahs own world and Rhys is determined to do whatever it takes to protect Faedrah. As with all of AJ's books I was instantly transported to a different world and became involved in their story. I loved that both Caedmon and Rowena are back too. Some of the scenes in this story had be laughing out loud especially when they land in Austiere and Faedrah's 'uncles' and the King take a dislike to Rhys. The sexual tension literally explodes of the page as the story unfolds. I love that Faedrah is kick ass and strong but she also has a vulnerable side that Rhys just wants to protect. Rhys well he is swoon worthy as was Caedmon in the previous series. I love that this was also written from Rhys POV. I would like also to say sorry for taking so long to post my review as I read this book way back in April/May time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shawnee Poling

    The first Novella A Furious Muse ended with Faedrah finding out that Rhys' estranged father is the dark wizard from her nightmares. The Sacrifice continues with the horrifying result of discovering the man you're falling for is the spawn of the black sickness destroying your land in the past. This novella delves deeper into the relationship developing between Rhys and Faedrah. Their undeniable pull toward each other and the curse of their entwined family legacies of good vs evil. Sexual tensions The first Novella A Furious Muse ended with Faedrah finding out that Rhys' estranged father is the dark wizard from her nightmares. The Sacrifice continues with the horrifying result of discovering the man you're falling for is the spawn of the black sickness destroying your land in the past. This novella delves deeper into the relationship developing between Rhys and Faedrah. Their undeniable pull toward each other and the curse of their entwined family legacies of good vs evil. Sexual tensions rise and desire is tantamount! Faced with the new dilemma of trying to prove that he is not like his father, Rhys is determined to do anything, including meeting the parents. Plans are hatched and allies from the past are consulted and enlisted to aid in the quest to rid both worlds of Gaelleod. The second novella did not disappoint! I'm hooked and looking forward to reading how the story progresses in the next installment.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karie

    UGH! This book ends in a horrible cliffy! I so didn't see that coming. Ryhs and Faedrah find themselves in mystery, intrigue, humor and of course some sexy romance. I can't even begin to tell yo how much I love her! Rhys, best not be breaking her heart, as she will want to kill him herself. I have never been so glad to be behind on a series so I could immediately go and open the next installment in this series. 5/5 Cross posting to My Reading REality

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    More of the same brilliance from this series - an epic love story, sizzling dialogue, creepy villian and a bitch of a cliffhanger. More please!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This story revealed so much and more. Plus left you hanging in the end. The love and sacrifice that Rhys and Faedrah have for each other is awesome. The twists in the one will leave you breathless.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Lewendon

    Umm… Wow?! There’s so much happening here and so many secrets to be uncovered. I’m having great difficulty finding the right words to explain just how good this is. There are twists and turns that feel like they come out of nowhere leaving this reader reeling with shock. I was prepared to be surprised by what Faedrah was facing, but I never expected this. I need to know how they escape this complication. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

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