Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.
Holy wow of heartlessness. Bring Me Their Hearts is one of those stories that is well, slightly gruesome, but in the best way. I was instantly pulled into the savageness of this story, and as her “heart” thawed, so did mine.
It’s impossible to hate any of our main characters. All have a role and play it wonderfully. Our protagonist Zera, is easily one to root for. The whole time I was hoping she would have a change of heart… ha, ha! Pun totally intended. Her counterpart, Luc is equally the all around good-prince. He’s not one of the brooding, devilish but more of an all around good-guy.
On the side characters, I admit was very suspicious of Fione the whole book. She was one of those characters that you can never tell if you can trust or not. It’s a good feeling to hang on the edge of your seat though. Although one of my favorite characters in the whole book had to be Mal. He’s amazing, flirty, and protective all in one and I hope his role continues in the next book.
Finally, I do wish the last chapter was drawn out a bit more. I feel like the story built for a very long time and then the heart-wrenching and shocking ending happened very quickly. This is horrible to say, but I was very happy about the ending and had some suspicions it was coming. Honestly, I cannot wait for the next book and will miss these characters while I wait! My heart will hang in the balance with Zera, Luc, and the rest of the gang.