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When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated. Journey, wi When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated. Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home. Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees? This book is perfect for those who love the style of Anne Rice, Jodi Picoult, and Angela Carter- including supernatural elements mixed in with high fantasy detail and stunning romantic storylines, which intertwine seamlessly to create a gothically dark otherworldly experience like no other.


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When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated. Journey, wi When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated. Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home. Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees? This book is perfect for those who love the style of Anne Rice, Jodi Picoult, and Angela Carter- including supernatural elements mixed in with high fantasy detail and stunning romantic storylines, which intertwine seamlessly to create a gothically dark otherworldly experience like no other.

30 review for The Opal Blade: A Dark Urban Fantasy Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Angie Pfeiffer-Senft

    Hell. An overwritten subject. Sinners and penance, gods, demons, portals, demi-gods. . .all over done. At least that’s what I thought. Usually the books I get a kick out of reading feel like the same story with the words rearranged, and towards the end I can’t tell them apart anyways. This year I have branched out and tried to read more indie authors- the underdogs, the not-so-well-known. One thing I’ve learned this year (even though the year isn’t up yet!) is that I was LESS disappointed with in Hell. An overwritten subject. Sinners and penance, gods, demons, portals, demi-gods. . .all over done. At least that’s what I thought. Usually the books I get a kick out of reading feel like the same story with the words rearranged, and towards the end I can’t tell them apart anyways. This year I have branched out and tried to read more indie authors- the underdogs, the not-so-well-known. One thing I’ve learned this year (even though the year isn’t up yet!) is that I was LESS disappointed with indie authors than I was my regular authors. I won’t go into TOO much detail in this review, but look out later for an Op-Ed post indie vs. well read. This is my first go at a Kristy Nicolle book, and I was NOT disappointed. Upon finishing “The Opal Blade” I quickly learned that Nicolle has an entire other series already published that has a bit of a cross over with “The Opal Blade”. While I have not read the Tidal Kiss trilogy, I can openly say you do not NEED to read it to understand “The Opal Blade”. Meet Persephone Sinclair- heiress to her father’s legacy in which she feels hesitant to accept. Most people wouldn’t turn down a family fortune, but Sephy feels reluctant to because of her parent’s death and the responsibility that comes with signing on the dotted line. She belongs out on the town, wild and free with no baggage holding her down. With a love ’em and leave ’em kind of attitude, Sephy’s seemingly only friend in the world is Jules, the butler as well as Cerb, her faithful and loyal leonberger. Being wild and free has it’s consequences. In hopes of not tarnishing the Sinclair name, Peter, Sephy’s uncle, decides to hire a body guard to keep her out of trouble. None too pleased, Sephy continues being her absolute self in hopes of embarrassing Xion (bodyguard) enough to leave well enough alone. What she isn’t prepared for is braving the heartache her parent’s death has left her in and figuring out where her place in the world really is. Xion takes Sephy through the portal (on her parent’s property I may add!) to hell. I would like to tell you that every detail is morbid, or even romanticized (usually the only two ends of the spectrum that are hit), but Nicolle steps up to the plate and makes hell completely her own. There a quite a few gender swaps, which are deviously amazing and well written. Sephy seems to be able to make friends in hell rather quickly, especially with Lucifer. Naturally, realizing your father, Lord of the Underworld, wants nothing to do with you, other citizens of Mortaria would like to know how your presence will affect the present and the future. Naturally the Fates are involved, and a few unexpected mythological figures as well. Join Sephy as she journeys through life in the Underworld, only coming up for air when her business is finished, and the threat on her life has been contained. Losing her former self, and discovering who she truly is, and what connections she has in the afterlife. As she steps through the portal to hell, she leaves her old life, a flickering flame waiting to ignite. As she discovers her true purpose and identity, Sephy becomes a force to be reckoned with. To be honest- I am too excited writing this review to even feel like I gave this book the justice it deserves. Kristy Nicolle is the REAL force to be reckoned with. From start to finish, the reader is able to tell that everything, no seriously, EVERYTHING has been well thought out. The detail that is put into the descriptions, body language, actions, is overwhelmingly stimulating. I usually struggle trying to match descriptions to quotes and post on my Instagram account. Not the case here. I was overwhelmed, and literally had to space out my IG posts just to keep from spamming my friends with bookish posts. If you couldn’t tell by now, I HIGHLY suggest reading “The Opal Blade” by Kristy Nicolle. I would say it’s for a “mature” audience, however I will NEVER put an age limit on where mature starts (I’m still bitter from an incident in 4th grade when my teacher told me I was “too young for a book” I was reading- reading well in fact!). I will fully admit I have left A LOT out of this review- on purpose. I don’t enjoy reading spoilers, I don’t enjoy starting to read a review and slowly realizing they are spoiling the book for me. I don’t do that- that’s not classy. I would hope that if you are into mythology of ANY kind, be it, Greek, Egyptian, what have you, and you love a fantastic fictional cross over, you have to give this book a try. And if the story line doesn’t pull you in, then the author’s pure level of snark surely will. I don’t often find myself saying this, but I am now on a mission to have an entire shelf devoted to this author- with signed books. I’ll even be as bold to say this is one author I would absolutely love to meet.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Best book I've read this year! I loved everything about this book!!! I adored Sephy as the main character. I literally only put it down when I was at work. The gods, the supernatural creatures, the demons, and the world of Hades were all I love in a story and Kristy Nicole brought it all to life in a fabulous tale that will leave you wanting more! And the ending is completely unexpected! Definitely a 5 star read!!!! Best book I've read this year! I loved everything about this book!!! I adored Sephy as the main character. I literally only put it down when I was at work. The gods, the supernatural creatures, the demons, and the world of Hades were all I love in a story and Kristy Nicole brought it all to life in a fabulous tale that will leave you wanting more! And the ending is completely unexpected! Definitely a 5 star read!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ryleigh Jayne

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book and truthfully can’t wait for more! This book had so much action and adventure! This book grabbed me from page one and wouldn’t let me put it down! I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angie Pfeiffer-Senft

    Hell. An overwritten subject. Sinners and penance, gods, demons, portals, demi-gods. . .all over done. At least that’s what I thought. Usually the books I get a kick out of reading feel like the same story with the words rearranged, and towards the end I can’t tell them apart anyways. This year I have branched out and tried to read more indie authors- the underdogs, the not-so-well-known. One thing I’ve learned this year (even though the year isn’t up yet!) is that I was LESS disappointed with in Hell. An overwritten subject. Sinners and penance, gods, demons, portals, demi-gods. . .all over done. At least that’s what I thought. Usually the books I get a kick out of reading feel like the same story with the words rearranged, and towards the end I can’t tell them apart anyways. This year I have branched out and tried to read more indie authors- the underdogs, the not-so-well-known. One thing I’ve learned this year (even though the year isn’t up yet!) is that I was LESS disappointed with indie authors than I was my regular authors. I won’t go into TOO much detail in this review, but look out later for an Op-Ed post indie vs. well read. This is my first go at a Kristy Nicolle book, and I was NOT disappointed. Upon finishing “The Opal Blade” I quickly learned that Nicolle has an entire other series already published that has a bit of a cross over with “The Opal Blade”. While I have not read the Tidal Kiss trilogy, I can openly say you do not NEED to read it to understand “The Opal Blade”. Meet Persephone Sinclair- heiress to her father’s legacy in which she feels hesitant to accept. Most people wouldn’t turn down a family fortune, but Sephy feels reluctant to because of her parent’s death and the responsibility that comes with signing on the dotted line. She belongs out on the town, wild and free with no baggage holding her down. With a love ’em and leave ’em kind of attitude, Sephy’s seemingly only friend in the world is Jules, the butler as well as Cerb, her faithful and loyal leonberger. Being wild and free has it’s consequences. In hopes of not tarnishing the Sinclair name, Peter, Sephy’s uncle, decides to hire a body guard to keep her out of trouble. None too pleased, Sephy continues being her absolute self in hopes of embarrassing Xion (bodyguard) enough to leave well enough alone. What she isn’t prepared for is braving the heartache her parent’s death has left her in and figuring out where her place in the world really is. Xion takes Sephy through the portal (on her parent’s property I may add!) to hell. I would like to tell you that every detail is morbid, or even romanticized (usually the only two ends of the spectrum that are hit), but Nicolle steps up to the plate and makes hell completely her own. There a quite a few gender swaps, which are deviously amazing and well written. Sephy seems to be able to make friends in hell rather quickly, especially with Lucifer. Naturally, realizing your father, Lord of the Underworld, wants nothing to do with you, other citizens of Mortaria would like to know how your presence will affect the present and the future. Naturally the Fates are involved, and a few unexpected mythological figures as well. Join Sephy as she journeys through life in the Underworld, only coming up for air when her business is finished, and the threat on her life has been contained. Losing her former self, and discovering who she truly is, and what connections she has in the afterlife. As she steps through the portal to hell, she leaves her old life, a flickering flame waiting to ignite. As she discovers her true purpose and identity, Sephy becomes a force to be reckoned with. To be honest- I am too excited writing this review to even feel like I gave this book the justice it deserves. Kristy Nicolle is the REAL force to be reckoned with. From start to finish, the reader is able to tell that everything, no seriously, EVERYTHING has been well thought out. The detail that is put into the descriptions, body language, actions, is overwhelmingly stimulating. I usually struggle trying to match descriptions to quotes and post on my Instagram account. Not the case here. I was overwhelmed, and literally had to space out my IG posts just to keep from spamming my friends with bookish posts. If you couldn’t tell by now, I HIGHLY suggest reading “The Opal Blade” by Kristy Nicolle. I would say it’s for a “mature” audience, however I will NEVER put an age limit on where mature starts (I’m still bitter from an incident in 4th grade when my teacher told me I was “too young for a book” I was reading- reading well in fact!). I will fully admit I have left A LOT out of this review- on purpose. I don’t enjoy reading spoilers, I don’t enjoy starting to read a review and slowly realizing they are spoiling the book for me. I don’t do that- that’s not classy. I would hope that if you are into mythology of ANY kind, be it, Greek, Egyptian, what have you, and you love a fantastic fictional cross over, you have to give this book a try. And if the story line doesn’t pull you in, then the author’s pure level of snark surely will. I don’t often find myself saying this, but I am now on a mission to have an entire shelf devoted to this author- with signed books. I’ll even be as bold to say this is one author I would absolutely love to meet.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Do you like fantasy stories that yank the emotions right out of you? Then run out and buy this book! Wait! Even better, go download it right now! This book is my favourite story from Kristy Nicolle to date. It follows 4 characters through some pretty heavy situations and we get to see and feel everything they do. Sephy (do not call me Persephone) Sinclaire is a bad ass heroine with firey red hair and an attitude to match. Xion is the bad boy who wants to be oh so good. Luce has a bad rap but a g Do you like fantasy stories that yank the emotions right out of you? Then run out and buy this book! Wait! Even better, go download it right now! This book is my favourite story from Kristy Nicolle to date. It follows 4 characters through some pretty heavy situations and we get to see and feel everything they do. Sephy (do not call me Persephone) Sinclaire is a bad ass heroine with firey red hair and an attitude to match. Xion is the bad boy who wants to be oh so good. Luce has a bad rap but a good heart. Pandora is filled with rage but also patience - strange bedfellows to be sure. All of these characters change and grow throughout the story very well. With each glimpse into their psyche we see more and more of their complex make-up. They seem like real people with real human (or God like) emotions. This is a testament to Kristy Nicolle's talent as a writer. Kirsty must have taken great care to give each of her characters a tremendous backstory, I do not think they would have felt as real otherwise. Kristy also excels at world building and I was not disappointed with the Opal Blade. Kristy was able to make Mortaria feel like a real place. Her descriptions of the buildings and environment made the world live in my imagination. What I like most about Kirsty's world building is how it flows. We don't just get a description of the city all at once. Each time one of the characters travels throughout the city we get to experience a little more. We get to see the city through their eyes and it makes it more interesting and real. Regular people are not able to focus on everything all at one time, they pick out details and focus on them. Sephy and the others discover their cities much like I would discover London, New York or any other large city. Your eyes are drawn to certain things and it isn't until later you see all the other details. I think it is a fantastic and natural way to explore your environment and Kirsty excels at this type of writing. Just a small heads up for those people who have read the Tidal Kiss Triology - there is more sexual content in this story. Personally, I think it adds to the story; it helps to define the mental state of some of the characters, Haedes for example. Just be forewarned if you were going to give this to a younger individual. Overall I loved this book - you should go buy it right now! I hope you love it too. Oh FYI I did receive an ARC for an honest review but I have also pre-ordered it because I believe in supporting great artists.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rose Lintz

    Marvin Gaye summons demons! No seriously though, you'll get the joke when ya read the book! Also, this is a pretty much spoiler free review! Anywho, on to the actual book itself! I really, REALLY want this book to be turned into a tv show. Yes, truly. At first, I was unsure of Selphy because she is thst stereotypical trustfund brat party girl. But..big BUT here, you get to watch her grow through the obstacles she faces. Her character develops wonderfully through the book and you will love her. Xion Marvin Gaye summons demons! No seriously though, you'll get the joke when ya read the book! Also, this is a pretty much spoiler free review! Anywho, on to the actual book itself! I really, REALLY want this book to be turned into a tv show. Yes, truly. At first, I was unsure of Selphy because she is thst stereotypical trustfund brat party girl. But..big BUT here, you get to watch her grow through the obstacles she faces. Her character develops wonderfully through the book and you will love her. Xion is right there helping her along too. Being not a dutiful bodyguard but a trusted friend and maybe something more? This book is written from multipe points of view also which may seem daunting at first but you get to picture what each character is going through, not just a he said/she said. You get ro aee how each interacts and how things are perceived from their own thoughts which makes you see the pivture is much larger than 1 heiress and her bodyguard. Kristy nailed it by writing in this style so we as readers can have a fuller idea formed in ours heads as we devour page by page of this book. Bravo Kristy Nicolle on not just another fantastic read but on creating a new universe of characters for readers to enjoy. She also helps create emotions you were NOT prepared for. Annoyance to characters who can't be happy (c'mon you have a daughter!), giddiness at what will happen (Marvin freakin Gaye), shock at an unexpected multiple (WTH IS HE DOING BACK?!) and evem an immediate gut wrenching (knife wrenching even) moment that makes you want to yell, throw your kindle, cry and just stop to figure out why all at once(crimson on white 😭😭). And seriously...someone please pitch this as a tv series to like HBO or something. I NEED more of this series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The Opal Blade - a review by Rosemary Kenny A fascinating mixture of ancient Greek and Egyptian deities along with the denizens of the Underworld, is brought to life in a new way, in The Opal Blade, Book 1 in Kristy Nicolle's delightful trilogy, The Ashen Touch. In this reality, Persephone ('Sephy'), is Haedes' daughter, by Demi Sinclair, a human, (rather than his 'part-time' wife/Goddess of Spring and Rebirth and daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of Fertility and the Harvest). Living a life of irre The Opal Blade - a review by Rosemary Kenny A fascinating mixture of ancient Greek and Egyptian deities along with the denizens of the Underworld, is brought to life in a new way, in The Opal Blade, Book 1 in Kristy Nicolle's delightful trilogy, The Ashen Touch. In this reality, Persephone ('Sephy'), is Haedes' daughter, by Demi Sinclair, a human, (rather than his 'part-time' wife/Goddess of Spring and Rebirth and daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of Fertility and the Harvest). Living a life of irresponsible hedonism, she's occasionally overwhelmed (in her dreams), by guilt at the deaths of her human parents, but never for long enough to let it get in the way of the high life she enjoys, while her Uncle Peter runs the family business and nags her to settle down and face her responsibilities with no success. The secret enemy who plots against Haedes, (having seen how he and Sephy, a demi-goddess, with her true father's powers of fire and limited teleportation) have bonded is none other than Pandora, whose infamous Box here enables her to create fiery portals just by thinking of a destination. What is Pandora's nefarious plot? Whose help does she enlist? Who is Xion and who is his mother? When does he forget his mission - and what happens as a result? A comprehensibly alternate dimension, (with narrative by the MC in each section of this exciting new book, by the amazing Kristy Nicolle) is expertly crafted, in such a way that adults and teens alike will be thrilled and swept away, by a combination of fantasy and derring-do, with elements of A Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and much more. Get your copy of The Opal Blade and be sure that you won't think of the horrors of Covid-19, for as long as you're within its magical myths and realms!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Sephy Sinclair is a spoiled heiress who just wants to relax and have fun after getting her degree. Her life becomes complicated when she finds an opal blade and gains strange powers. After defeating a terrifying wolf-creature, she is taken to the underworld, where she meets her father. She is in danger though, and attempts are constantly being made on her life. Will she ever be safe? Will she ever find herself? I am not well-versed with mythology, so the universe of this book was a little overwh Sephy Sinclair is a spoiled heiress who just wants to relax and have fun after getting her degree. Her life becomes complicated when she finds an opal blade and gains strange powers. After defeating a terrifying wolf-creature, she is taken to the underworld, where she meets her father. She is in danger though, and attempts are constantly being made on her life. Will she ever be safe? Will she ever find herself? I am not well-versed with mythology, so the universe of this book was a little overwhelming at times. There are so many characters to know! So many concepts and realms! Some of the names were vaguely familiar, and some of them were much different than expected (for example, Lucifer is female). The world building in this book is very well done. It's clearly a very rich universe, and I know I will enjoy becoming more familiar with the characters (even if I don't completely understand everything now.) The characters make this book shine. Sephy starts out as a fairly unlikable character (she lives to drink, party, and hook up with random guys, and she avoids all responsibility as the heir to the Sinclair fortune) but she shows tremendous character growth throughout the story. Her personality makes more sense once we meet Hades, who is a truly entertaining character. I also enjoyed seeing how his character evolved after meeting Sephy. Both Xion and Jules are solid as a rock and very dependable. Lucifer was one of my favorites because she cares so much. I'll be intererested to learn more about her and Thane. This is an exciting story with some nice twists! Mythology readers will enjoy this take on the gods, demi-gods, and titans!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lynn

    The Opal Blade is Book One in The Ashen Touch Trilogy, and Boy can I not wait for book two. Author Kristy Nicolle has wrapped me in darkness and left me craving more and more of the intense Infiniverse she has created. Sephy Sinclair is heir to an enormous fortune, and head of a company she doesn't really want to run. She is reckless and just wants to live her life. What Sephy doesn't know is the secrets her parents kept from her, and shes about to find out the hard way. Join Sephy and her guard The Opal Blade is Book One in The Ashen Touch Trilogy, and Boy can I not wait for book two. Author Kristy Nicolle has wrapped me in darkness and left me craving more and more of the intense Infiniverse she has created. Sephy Sinclair is heir to an enormous fortune, and head of a company she doesn't really want to run. She is reckless and just wants to live her life. What Sephy doesn't know is the secrets her parents kept from her, and shes about to find out the hard way. Join Sephy and her guardian Xion as they travel through the Underworld and meet Gods, Titans, DemiGods and some pretty evil dudes. The author has created another fantastic world where you truly are immersed, and invested in the characters. Her words grant a vivid imagery of your surroundings throughout the entire book, and while there are always questions, there is plenty of information to keep you satisfied until the next book. The characters are so developed you feel as if they are someone who could easily be your best friend, and others your worst enemies. A world you want to jump into and live in because these characters are just so intense. It was no question I was going to read this book in one sitting. I devoured it, word by word, and page by page. "One more chapter" turned into "oh man i need to be up in an hour" as i finished the last page. I regret nothing :P I highly recommend this book, and any by the author really, because her worlds are just what I'm looking for when I need to get lost in a good book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Yacovetta

    My favorite book I've read so far this year! This was such an unexpected and exciting story, and it blindsided me in so many ways! I don't know what I expected when I walked into it, but it far exceeded anything I could have imagined. Sephy Sinclair is a strong, stubborn, passionate and tenacious heroine, everything that I want to see in a female lead character. She has so much fight and determination, and is haunted by not only her personal demons but apparently some real demons, also. It doesn' My favorite book I've read so far this year! This was such an unexpected and exciting story, and it blindsided me in so many ways! I don't know what I expected when I walked into it, but it far exceeded anything I could have imagined. Sephy Sinclair is a strong, stubborn, passionate and tenacious heroine, everything that I want to see in a female lead character. She has so much fight and determination, and is haunted by not only her personal demons but apparently some real demons, also. It doesn't take long for her to find out why she has all of this fun and adventure in her life. Then, Xion enters the picture, there to guard her as she faces her responsibilities on earth and guide her into the Hollows for sanctuary and to discover her birthright. But everything is not as it seems. Those who are trusted may be the ones who should be trusted the least. And those who are not trusted could be the ones to change the world as we see it. Honestly, I this entire story, its premise and its characters, was so much more than mind-blowing. The characters were so full and complete that I couldn't even hate the bad guys. They were staggeringly well-developed and the world this author built were absolutely stunning, both with such a three dimensional brilliance that reading this story was like stepping into a completely other world. And that ending still has me shaken. I am looking forward, on so many levels, to seeing where she takes this story. With this fantastic beginning, the rest of the story is going to be epic!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I have been trying to come to terms with this story ending for the past hour.yind has been so blown that I'm afraid that I will just end up writing jibberish. Here goes. Everytime I read a Kristy Nicolle novel I feel like it is her best work ever and this is no different. Every line, every nuance holds a greater meaning. There were tie-ins to her previous works, some obvious and some much more subtle. It almost became a treasure hunt to find them all. As for the characters: I wanted so badly to I have been trying to come to terms with this story ending for the past hour.yind has been so blown that I'm afraid that I will just end up writing jibberish. Here goes. Everytime I read a Kristy Nicolle novel I feel like it is her best work ever and this is no different. Every line, every nuance holds a greater meaning. There were tie-ins to her previous works, some obvious and some much more subtle. It almost became a treasure hunt to find them all. As for the characters: I wanted so badly to be Sephy. She is such a strong independent characters with just the right amount of snark. The more I read the more I found myself identifying as Luce. Her unerring need to help, comfort, and mother those around her spoke to me on a personal level. Every character played an important role, even if it was just to help establish the personality and state of mind of another character. A portion at the end left me devestated. Though I suspect that was the point as I wasn't the only person devestated. Luckily, the others can do something about it. I now get to wait on bated breath for the next installment to find out not only what is happening in this trilogy, but also in the entire infiniverse.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Naurarwen

    I’ve read stories by Kristy Nicolle before, but The Opal Blade blows all those stories away. The Opal Blade follows the life of Persephone “Sephy” Sinclair, after the death of her parents she is forced to sign a contract to take over her father’s business empire, but that’s not the only can of worms signing the contract opens. Sephy is loud, energetic and sarcastic. As the story unfolds, Sephy faces many truths about her past as well as information she never knew about herself. Xion is her newest I’ve read stories by Kristy Nicolle before, but The Opal Blade blows all those stories away. The Opal Blade follows the life of Persephone “Sephy” Sinclair, after the death of her parents she is forced to sign a contract to take over her father’s business empire, but that’s not the only can of worms signing the contract opens. Sephy is loud, energetic and sarcastic. As the story unfolds, Sephy faces many truths about her past as well as information she never knew about herself. Xion is her newest security guard but he’s more than he seems. The relationship between the two is interesting, though both seem to hate each other and would rather be anywhere but in each other’s company when they are forced together because of circumstances. I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. The writing was descriptive but without going into too much detail. Giving the reader the opportunity to imagine the world, especially the Underworld. I would highly recommend this story for those who enjoy the paranormal, steeped in ancient myth and magic. I’m really excited for the next story in this series, which I believe comes out next year. I’d give it a strong 5 star!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louise White

    So after finishing Kristy's first trilogy about Mermaids I jumped straight into the start of this next trilogy, unsure what to expect. I was very intrigued and when I spoke about the book with other people I found that they would give me a lecture on Greek mythology. Even my husband seemed interested in what I was reading. I love that once again we have a kick arse, take no crap, strong female lead. Sephy (Persephone) seems to take everything in her stride as she loses her parents and discovers So after finishing Kristy's first trilogy about Mermaids I jumped straight into the start of this next trilogy, unsure what to expect. I was very intrigued and when I spoke about the book with other people I found that they would give me a lecture on Greek mythology. Even my husband seemed interested in what I was reading. I love that once again we have a kick arse, take no crap, strong female lead. Sephy (Persephone) seems to take everything in her stride as she loses her parents and discovers that not only is there an underworld, but also she has links to that world. Kristy takes us on a journey to hell and back, we meet characters that we think we should know such as Lucifer and Hades, and yet the spin on the story that Kristy has written is really enjoyable. What I enjoy about these books is that they go beyond your expectations, each setting is described perfectly so that you can really immerse yourself into the scene, each character is individual and unique and well written. I also enjoyed discovering that each chapter is named after a song, it links in perfectly with the story and the characters. Whilst the story does move away from traditional mythology (Persephone was actually Hades wife) it feels modern and fresh. Its engaged my interest and the ending has left me wanting more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Magic of Books Blog

    Review of The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle 5 stars Kristy Nicolle has done it again! I don’t give out 5 stars easily and she has snagged another one from me! The Opal Blade starts out with a very spoiled rich girl, Sephy. She hides behind her snarky and quick-witted attitude. At first, I was thrilled about this character. It was a breath of fresh air having a woman MC taking up characteristics that you see in most male MC’s, example-rich, cocky, womanizing man whore. So to have a female character Review of The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle 5 stars Kristy Nicolle has done it again! I don’t give out 5 stars easily and she has snagged another one from me! The Opal Blade starts out with a very spoiled rich girl, Sephy. She hides behind her snarky and quick-witted attitude. At first, I was thrilled about this character. It was a breath of fresh air having a woman MC taking up characteristics that you see in most male MC’s, example-rich, cocky, womanizing man whore. So to have a female character do that it was different. Then I started to not like Sephy. Her attitude got old, her nighttime antics got old, she seriously came across as a spoiled rich girl. However, in my eyes, she fully redeems herself and becomes a loveable character. She’s a bad ass hero that doesn’t need saving. I loved her friendship with Xion. He was like the Ying to Sephy’s Yang. They insult each other perfectly. I really loved the world the Author built in this book. I’ve always loved Greek mythology so as soon as I knew it was about the underworld I was intrigued. Her take on it was way different than anything I’ve ever read before and it sucked me in! I love how she didn’t make “hell” this crazy damned place. She made it where you can repent and still move on. You weren’t damned for eternity like everyone believes. The characters and this world just went together perfectly. Oh, and I can’t forget about Haedes. Omg, I think I’m in love! I really love this character and can’t wait for more of him in book 2. What can I say I’ve always loved the bad boys. Throughout the entire book, you were questioning everyone's motives. Are they sincere? Are they trustworthy? Is so and so going to betray Sephy. It was seriously written so perfectly, and you didn't know what was coming next. The twist at the end surprised me! I did not see it coming at all. It really set the pace for the next novel and I really can’t wait to dig in. I would highly recommend this book to everyone! Like seriously go pick it up right now! Reviewed by Admin Jenna

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    Loved it!! Loved everything about it. Sephy Sinclair is a whiskey drinking billionaire who happens to discover her father is God of the Underworld, Haedes. Being she's a Demigod and being hunted she now has to assimilate to a new world. Once again, the author just amazes me with the detailed world building, her characters are so on point. Like their dynamic with one another just makes the characters all the more worth reading for. And there for a bit, I thought the plot predictable but then easi Loved it!! Loved everything about it. Sephy Sinclair is a whiskey drinking billionaire who happens to discover her father is God of the Underworld, Haedes. Being she's a Demigod and being hunted she now has to assimilate to a new world. Once again, the author just amazes me with the detailed world building, her characters are so on point. Like their dynamic with one another just makes the characters all the more worth reading for. And there for a bit, I thought the plot predictable but then easily flipped on me like a chair from out under me. I only say this because of Pandora. I totally didn't expect to see all Death Gods from around the globe, but it totally makes sense!! Anyways, 5 stars from me & Im devouring this series and I love it!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    i honestly recommend this book ! I freaking loved it! sephy sounds like crazed sex addict and party hardy kinda gal yet strong minded and dont need a man to take care of her. cuz really she doesnt. Well her life changes the day she signs forms is the day she meets her security guard xion. secrets and pasts become to unravel and she has to fight to stay alive. There were intense moments and yup i am not gonna lie i cried and got dissapointed but there could be hope on the next book. Yup there is i honestly recommend this book ! I freaking loved it! sephy sounds like crazed sex addict and party hardy kinda gal yet strong minded and dont need a man to take care of her. cuz really she doesnt. Well her life changes the day she signs forms is the day she meets her security guard xion. secrets and pasts become to unravel and she has to fight to stay alive. There were intense moments and yup i am not gonna lie i cried and got dissapointed but there could be hope on the next book. Yup there is a cliffhanger be prepared. cant wait to dig in to the next book. this was one heck of a book and it is worth reading and you wont be dissapointed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    i honestly recommend this book ! I freaking loved it! sephy sounds like crazed sex addict and party hardy kinda gal yet strong minded and dont need a man to take care of her. cuz really she doesnt. Well her life changes the day she signs forms is the day she meets her security guard xion. secrets and pasts become to unravel and she has to fight to stay alive. There were intense moments and yup i am not gonna lie i cried and got dissapointed but there could be hope on the next book. Yup there is i honestly recommend this book ! I freaking loved it! sephy sounds like crazed sex addict and party hardy kinda gal yet strong minded and dont need a man to take care of her. cuz really she doesnt. Well her life changes the day she signs forms is the day she meets her security guard xion. secrets and pasts become to unravel and she has to fight to stay alive. There were intense moments and yup i am not gonna lie i cried and got dissapointed but there could be hope on the next book. Yup there is a cliffhanger be prepared. cant wait to dig in to the next book. this was one heck of a book and it is worth reading and you wont be dissapointed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katharina

    The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle is the first book in the Ashen Touch Trilogy. It's about Sephy, a sarcastic young women and her half demon bodyguard Xion. Sephy finds out she's Haedes daughter and that she's hunted by the demon lords, who want to use her against Haedes to retrieve their hunting grounds. Most of the book plays in hell and we get to know many figures of ancient Greek history, but perfectly re-imagined. I loved how the different characters are crafted, especially Haedes and Sephy. The Opal Blade by Kristy Nicolle is the first book in the Ashen Touch Trilogy. It's about Sephy, a sarcastic young women and her half demon bodyguard Xion. Sephy finds out she's Haedes daughter and that she's hunted by the demon lords, who want to use her against Haedes to retrieve their hunting grounds. Most of the book plays in hell and we get to know many figures of ancient Greek history, but perfectly re-imagined. I loved how the different characters are crafted, especially Haedes and Sephy. Both of them are super sarcastic and funny - I love it! I enjoyed reading this book so much! If you like sassy characters and Greek mythology, you should definitely check this one out!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Williams

    What can I say? I loved it! Not sure what has taken me so long to start this series but I'm certainly kicking myself now. I was hooked from the very beginning and admittedly it took me a while to read the book once I had started because I have to keep stopping and googling the mythology behind the characters. I loved everything about this book including 'Sephy' and the brooding Xion. It was action packed and full of little twists and now I am fully invested in finding out what happens next. I can n What can I say? I loved it! Not sure what has taken me so long to start this series but I'm certainly kicking myself now. I was hooked from the very beginning and admittedly it took me a while to read the book once I had started because I have to keep stopping and googling the mythology behind the characters. I loved everything about this book including 'Sephy' and the brooding Xion. It was action packed and full of little twists and now I am fully invested in finding out what happens next. I can not wait to dive into the next book. This book kicks off this series with a bang and I defy anybody not to love it! Bring on the next book.!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    United Indie Book Blog

    The Opal Blade is a unique twist on gods, demons and the like. Sephy is a sassy woman just living her life as she wants to. Fate throws some twists into her plans and we get to go deep into the underworld and meet some interesting characters. I have to admit Xion is my favorite and my heart is broken for him. Some parts seemed to drag and I can say if it wasn’t for the characters I might have stopped reading at times. However, I did really enjoy the world Kristy Nicolle created and am ready for The Opal Blade is a unique twist on gods, demons and the like. Sephy is a sassy woman just living her life as she wants to. Fate throws some twists into her plans and we get to go deep into the underworld and meet some interesting characters. I have to admit Xion is my favorite and my heart is broken for him. Some parts seemed to drag and I can say if it wasn’t for the characters I might have stopped reading at times. However, I did really enjoy the world Kristy Nicolle created and am ready for book 2. Review by Raychel

  21. 5 out of 5

    United Indie Book Blog

    The Opal Blade is a unique twist on gods, demons and the like. Sephy is a sassy woman just living her life as she wants to. Fate throws some twists into her plans and we get to go deep into the underworld and meet some interesting characters. I have to admit Xion is my favorite and my heart is broken for him. Some parts seemed to drag and I can say if it wasn’t for the characters I might have stopped reading at times. However, I did really enjoy the world Kristy Nicolle created and am ready for The Opal Blade is a unique twist on gods, demons and the like. Sephy is a sassy woman just living her life as she wants to. Fate throws some twists into her plans and we get to go deep into the underworld and meet some interesting characters. I have to admit Xion is my favorite and my heart is broken for him. Some parts seemed to drag and I can say if it wasn’t for the characters I might have stopped reading at times. However, I did really enjoy the world Kristy Nicolle created and am ready for book 2. Review by Raychel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marie Pedrick

    What would you do if everything you thought real wasn’t? That’s the question Persephone ‘Saphy’ Sinclair has to answer when she finds out that the man she always thought was her father actually wasn’t and that she was in fact the daughter of Hades and a demigod to boot. This story brings old gods into a new world and is thrilling to read. I simply couldn’t put it down I’d definitely recommend it to anyone. This review was given on behalf of Amo’s book corner.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Jenkins

    The story line is great. Twists and turns. I had to google my mythology Gods though. I prefer books without sex scenes in it though. If that was skipped I’d give it a 5. I skimmed those. If you don’t mind that part then the story line keeps you guessing the whole book. Not a book you’ll guess. The characters are just amazing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    I.A. Cintron

    Well damn, this book was my first book that I have read from Kristy Nicolle and it was amazing! Hercules got his ass handed to him and haedes finally got some sense into him right at the end and Sephy Sinclair is adult goals at least in attitude

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Schwartz

    I’ve read the first trilogy in this massive trilogy of trilogies. I fell in love with Kristy’s prowess with words as I devoured her first novel, and I must say this Sephy Sinclair has won me over. This story is, in my opinion, Kristy’s best tale yet. I eagerly await book two, and you should too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    It took me a little bit to really get into the book. But once I did I couldn’t put it down. The way Kristy tells a story is incredible. She makes fantasy seem like reality. I love Sephy. Her attitude and wit is unmatchable. I can’t wait to read the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gina Burkart

    Wow what a amazing book. This book is new author for me and i so love this book. The book will draw you in and have your emotions everywhere. This is a must read book and you will love the writing that blend together. This book is for the lovers of supernatural.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    Oh My Word, that was an amazing book! I loved the last trilogy, gave it 5 stars, but this book trumped that! I can’t give more than 5 stars, but man I’d love to! It’s so layered. The story had so many facets. Well-written, great pacing, great plot. It left me stunned, wanting more. Now!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kellyann

    Phenomenal read. Loved everything about this book. Just wow!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Summer Warren

    Ok Sephy is a bada$$ loved this Kristy is at it again plunging you into another world of awesome

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