Review: Heartborn by Terry Maggert (+ Giveaway)


Title: Heartborn
Author: Terry Maggert
Pub. Date: September 2016
Pages: 238
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Her guardian angel was pushed. Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where there violence and deceit are just around every corner. His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival. Until Keiron arrives. In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice. Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

The Review

Can I just say . . . the cover is absolutely gorgeous! It was the main reason I wanted to read Heartborn, because it’s a story that I wouldn’t have willingly picked up and chose to read on my own. However, I was approached by Terry and read the description, then decided to take the chance. For the second time this month, I was cautious because I thought there might’ve been a Christian theme. Thankfully, I didn’t get that vibe. There was a little bit of it, but not in the sense that I was thinking.

I don’t really like high fantasy all that much, but this is a really good book that brought me out of my comfort zone! The only real complaint that I have is there was a lot of information to take in all at once, especially for Keiron and the Windhook’s empire. Some of it was hard to follow, but most of it wasn’t that difficult to understand. It was just a lot of information and details.

You know, I really liked Cressa’s character. I had a gut-wrenching feeling of what her purpose was. It was one of those she’s so flawed because of her past . . . she’s going to be used for good, even if it sounds bad thing. The entire time I was thinking to myself why in the world are the Windhook’s being so nice to her when she’s only a Flyer.

I loved the idea of being a Heartborn, even if it was somewhat . . . frowned upon in the empire. Not something that is chosen at will – more or less thrust upon Keiron, even though he knew in his heart that was what’s meant of him and there’s no changing it. It means pure devotion and selfless-ness.

Alternating between Sliver and Livvy’s “real world,” there was a nice foundation on the building of the story and how the two worlds would collide. Livvy was such a cute character, too. With only half a heart – the girl had spunk! I really liked Dozer, too, and was in for a shock when it was revealed who he was . . . even though I’m still trying to wrap my head around it a little.

There was an epic battle scene with Keiron’s mother (Vasa), father (Saiinov), and one of his sisters (Habira) that I really enjoyed. It ultimately changes the course of the book, which was the whole purpose – Vasa planned the entire thing methodically, although it was slightly flawed.

Plenty of action, a little bit of romance, and a house trying to take over the empire.

About the Author

Born in 1968, I discovered fishing shortly after walking, a boon, considering I lived in South Florida. After a brief move to Kentucky, my family trekked back to the Sunshine State. I had the good fortune to attend high school in idyllic upstate New York, where I learned about a mythical substance known as “Seasons”. After two or three failed attempts at college, I bought a bar. That was fun because I love beer, but, then, I eventually met someone smarter than me (a common event), and, in this case, she married me and convinced me to go back to school–which I did, with enthusiasm. I earned a Master’s Degree in History and rediscovered my love for writing. My novels explore dark fantasy, immortality, and the nature of love as we know it. I live near Nashville, Tennessee, with the aforementioned wife, son, and herd, and, when I’m not writing, I teach history, grow wildly enthusiastic tomato plants, and restore my 1967 Mustang.

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