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.
I don’t even know how to start with this book review. That was a fantastic ending! A cliffhanger! How could you?! Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf started with Zera who is a Heartless. Heartless are humans who die and saved by a witch to come back alive but they will forget their past memories before they die and will retain the memory of how they died. Their hearts are captive by the witches in a jar.
Zera has been tasked to seduce the Prince to become a potential bride but the real intention here is to take the Prince Lucien’s heart literally in exchange for her heart – to become human once again and live and experience love at the same time. There are things that Zera craves – the taste of the food (which if she ate a cooked food, she will feel a great pain and yes, Heartless eat raw meat.), the normal human life cycle. But she’s ain’t like that, she’s an assassin being hired by multiple clients to kill for their own gain.
It so happens that the witches in this book are more of human, they think and thought things thoroughly – they’ve been alerted that a war may broke between humans and them when in fact they are just lying around and avoiding the humans but there’s a figurehead in Bring Me Their Hearts who have King Sref’s approval to let Gavik, the Archduke, do his own things even if there will be a war as long as he could kill the witch who kills Princess Varia, daughter of King Sref, sister of Prince Lucien.
This is a fast-paced book that literally talks about morale, independent, strategy, romance, and will-power. I would like to applaud Sara Wolf for writing an amazing character such as Zera who has a passion for her wittiness and luxurious gown that never fails to bring a smile on my face whenever she produces a compelling and funny remarks on everything. Another thing that I liked about this book is the Hater-Lover Trope between Prince Lucien and Zera. They have this tension and at the same time a wonderful, unforgettable, and couldn’t stop arguments but it makes the readers happier.
I would like to point out Zera’s relationship between the witch who saved her from death, Nightsinger and her fake aunt so she could go to court to take the Prince’s heart, Y’shennria. They are both amazing. Nightsinger is a witch and witches are known for their cruelty and dominance over Heartless. They could command them whenever they want without the Heartless’ consent. What I liked about their character is that Nightsinger shows vulnerability, weakness, transparency, and a heart over a Heartless. Before letting Zera take the mission to get the Prince’s Heart, she asked if Zera is willingly to take the mission. That alone implies that she cares about the Heartless that she saved even if they don’t need to show empathy towards them.
As for Y’shennria, she may be a fake aunt towards Zera but it feels different. It feels like Zera is being taught by a family of hers, it feels like they are a family despite Lady Y’shennria’s circumstances. I loved how Zera’s aunt shows confidence and yearning both at the same time. It displays so much emotion and it feels like there’s a lot more of her character than what Sara Wolf is letting us know of. It is terrifying and amazing but sad.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf made me laugh, smile, be brave, and taught me when life is so hard – don’t forget to see the beauty in every day. That’s how I perceived Zera’s act on every day she’s waking and going in a fight of her own demons. It is challenging and yet inspiring. I love how Ms. Wolf incorporates both good and bad characteristic of Zera that contradicts each personality and yet produce a compelling, beautiful character. I couldn’t say anything about this book since I think I fell in love with this novel. Way to go and definitely looking forward to the series and how the story will unfold.
MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.
(I’m planning to give this book 5 stars but I have to manage my expectations for the sequel!)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.