Ruthless Vows

“I would love to see you burn with splendor. I would love to see your words catch fire with mine.”

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Ruthless Vows


Rebecca Ross

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Two weeks have passed since Iris Winnow returned home bruised and heartbroken from the front, but the war is far from over. Roman is missing, and the city of Oath continues to dwell in a state of disbelief and ignorance. When Iris and Attie are given another chance to report on Dacre’s movements, they both take the opportunity and head westward once more despite the danger, knowing it’s only a matter of time before the conflict reaches a city that’s unprepared and fracturing beneath the chancellor’s reign.

Since waking below in Dacre’s realm, Roman cannot remember his past. But given the reassurance that his memories will return in time, Roman begins to write articles for Dacre, uncertain of his place in the greater scheme of the war. When a strange letter arrives by wardrobe door, Roman is first suspicious, then intrigued. As he strikes up a correspondence with his mysterious pen pal, Roman will soon have to make a decision: to stand with Dacre or betray the god who healed him. And as the days grow darker, inevitably drawing Roman and Iris closer together…the two of them will risk their very hearts and futures to change the tides of the war.

My review

I love how this book picks up, almost right after book 1 finished. I love the way I can just immediately dive back into this and keep hoping for Iris that Roman will be okay. These books are a duology, and the story is absolutely finished. No questions asked. The fantasy element of these books, play a bigger part in book 2. And that is great. We need that info to keep invested. Iris is moving the heavens and beyond for Roman, but Roman keeps up and he can do no wrong. The crying and the heartbreak is real in this one, but it’s fitting. The letters are still a huge part, and I love that. I love reading those letters and see them pour their hearts out. The letters are my favorite part still. I am not ready to say goodbye yet, but their story is done. Thank you for being amazing characters!


“For anyone who sought a different realm through a wardrobe door, Who wrote a letter and is still waiting for a reply, Or who dreams of stories and bleeds words.”

“Soon it would be night; the stars would pierce the sky like nails, and he would light the candles and write by fire because the words came easier in the darkness.”

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