Book tour review: Soul of cinder (Bree Barton) | the conclusion to the Heart of thorns trilogy

Today is my spot in the blogtour of Soul of Cinder by Bree Barton, the last instalment in the Heart of thorns trilogy! The first book, Heart of thorns, and the second one, Tears of frost, were already wild rides (read: I was screaming out loud and my heart beat was unhealthy). I was really excited to pick up the last book but also absolutely terrified! Today I’ll share with you all you need to know about this book and what I thought about it!

What is the first book, Heart of thorns, about?


Inventive and heart-racing, this fierce feminist teen fantasy explores a dark kingdom in which only women can possess magic—and every woman is suspected of having it.

In the ancient river kingdom, where touch is a battlefield and bodies the instruments of war, Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. The same women who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father announces an alliance with the royal family, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Determined to forge her own path forward, Mia plots a daring escape, but could never predict the greatest betrayal of all: her own body. Mia possesses the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Now, as she untangles the secrets of her past, Mia must learn to trust her heart…even if it kills her.

What is the Soul of cinder about?


Be aware: spoilers for Heart of thorns and Tears of frost in this synopsis!

The Twisted Sisters are coming home.

Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame.

Across the four kingdoms, the elements have been tipped askew. Volcanoes erupt, glaciers collapse, and cities sink into the western sands. After losing Angie, Mia and Pilar journey to the glass kingdom to seek help, though soon their fragile bonds of sisterhood begin to fray. Mia’s sensations are creeping back, and with them, a deep and searing grief. Pilar, terrified of being broken, once again seeks comfort in her fists. But when they hear rumors of a misty island that promises to erase all pain, they suddenly find themselves with an answer—if they are willing to pay the cost.

As tensions mount, the sisters are drawn back to the river kingdom for a final reckoning with the boy they each loved. The shattering conclusion to Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns trilogy challenges why we grieve, whom we love—and how to mend a broken heart.

Interested? You can add the book on Goodreads or purchase it at Amazon, Waterstones, Amazon UK, B&N, Bookdepository, Kobo, and Google books.

What did I think of Soul of cinder? + Aesthetic

“I wanted to bury everything. But if we keep it buried, that’s no good, either. If we hide the truth from our children, then they will end up making the same mistakes. I want us to learn from them. We learn more from our failures than our triumphs. And a good story is a powerful way to learn.”

I’ve binged all three these books and I really don’t regret anything. When I tell you this series messed with my feelings, I mean it. I’m pretty sure that at some point while reading these books, I made sounds that were…unnatural. But we’ve survived (have we?) so let me tell you what I thought of this last book!

Soul of cinder really mended my heart. It’s such a hopeful and powerful conclusion to a really heavy story. After having been through so much with these characters, I was really invested in this story and seeing them grow, comparing them to who they were in Heart of thorns, just makes me want to break down and cry (which I, in fact, did, if you must know).

This is a book that covers a lot of serious subjects but it does it in such a good way, in my opinion. If you want to read this I do really, really encourage you to look at the triggerwarnings!

Like the author said in the author’s note, Soul of cinder is a book about healing. You see the characters change in the aftermath of everything. You see how the pain changed them, but also how love (self-love, love from family and friends, but also romantic love) can heal you. It’s all about flaws, mistakes, and forgiveness. It’s a story that I needed years ago, but I’m glad I discovered it now!

After having mixed feelings about Heart of thorns and being all “what did I just read” with Tears of frost, I think this sequel really did everything it should have. No, this series is far from perfect but yes, I’ve come to love it.

Bree Barton is definitely an author to watch. Her ideas are so intriguing and the way the story evolves from there is just astounding. I love her whimsical writing style and her obvious feminism that shines through this book. Like, there are so many important lessons in here and I really appreciate that! Also, side note, I absolutely adore Bree Barton’s author notes.

My heart will have to recover from this series for a bit. Like I said in the beginning, it was a wild ride. My heart still feels like it can burst any minute so, yeah, I have lots of feelings. Overall I think this was a perfect conclusion to a great trilogy and I already look forward to seeing the author grow even more! Soul of cinder gets a 4.5/5 from me!

Thank you to the Katherine Tegen Books and Favourite pages book club for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Who is the author behind Soul of cinder?

Bree Barton is a writer in Los Angeles. When she’s not lost in whimsy, she works as a ghostwriter and dance teacher to teen girls. She is on Instagram and YouTube as Speak Breely, where she posts funny videos of her melancholy dog.

Bree is not a fan of corsets.

Website | Goodreads | Instagram | Youtube

About this tour

If you’re interested in other fun posts surrounding Soul of cinder (like deleted scenes, author interviews and lots of other content!), be sure to click here for the tour schedule!

This tour was hosted by Favourite pages book club! Thank you for letting me participate!

Favourite Pages

I hope I’ve been able to make some of you excited for the release of this book! If you decide to pick up this series, please let me know! I still have a lot of feelings because, again, this was a wild ride! Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it!

5 thoughts on “Book tour review: Soul of cinder (Bree Barton) | the conclusion to the Heart of thorns trilogy

  1. OMG I’m definitely picking Heart of Thorns up! I’ve been wanting to read more Epic Fantasy and this sounds like it. I loved your review 😀 And I can’t wait to let you know when I begin reading this one 😉

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