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ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE . . . AND MAGIC. SLATE Somehow, we survived. It was supposed to be over. No more curses. No more magic. Just a calm, little life in Brume. For the first time ever, I’m ready for calm. So. Damn. Ready. Just so happens that the girl I love doesn’t like to leave things unfinished. Fine. So our little crew will assemble the Quatrefoil and bring magic back to the ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE . . . AND MAGIC. SLATE Somehow, we survived. It was supposed to be over. No more curses. No more magic. Just a calm, little life in Brume. For the first time ever, I’m ready for calm. So. Damn. Ready. Just so happens that the girl I love doesn’t like to leave things unfinished. Fine. So our little crew will assemble the Quatrefoil and bring magic back to the world. We’ve already faced death. This can’t be worse. Or can it? CADENCE I could have let things be. Maybe I should have let things be. My crew is alive. Slate is by my side. And life is returning to normal. Except the university is a giant pile of rubble. Papa is still stuck in a wheelchair. And a girl is dead. If magic can change all that, I want to try one last time to bring it back. Hopefully, I won’t regret it. *Warning: profuse cursing (and not just the magical kind).


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ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE . . . AND MAGIC. SLATE Somehow, we survived. It was supposed to be over. No more curses. No more magic. Just a calm, little life in Brume. For the first time ever, I’m ready for calm. So. Damn. Ready. Just so happens that the girl I love doesn’t like to leave things unfinished. Fine. So our little crew will assemble the Quatrefoil and bring magic back to the ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE . . . AND MAGIC. SLATE Somehow, we survived. It was supposed to be over. No more curses. No more magic. Just a calm, little life in Brume. For the first time ever, I’m ready for calm. So. Damn. Ready. Just so happens that the girl I love doesn’t like to leave things unfinished. Fine. So our little crew will assemble the Quatrefoil and bring magic back to the world. We’ve already faced death. This can’t be worse. Or can it? CADENCE I could have let things be. Maybe I should have let things be. My crew is alive. Slate is by my side. And life is returning to normal. Except the university is a giant pile of rubble. Papa is still stuck in a wheelchair. And a girl is dead. If magic can change all that, I want to try one last time to bring it back. Hopefully, I won’t regret it. *Warning: profuse cursing (and not just the magical kind).

30 review for Of Tainted Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Wildenstein

    We’re done! What a story you’re in for. To answer a few questions: 1/ Is this the last book in the series? Yes. The QC was never intended to be more than a 2-book series, so Katie and I will be saying goodbye to the crew. 2/ Is it a real love triangle? Not really, but get ready for a rocky road to a HEA, because what would be the fun in making it too easy for Slate and Cadence? 3/ Will Spike make a cameo in this book? Slate wouldn’t be Slate without his prized and precious Eve’s Needle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I loved Of Tainted Heart even more than book 1! Again, I’m impressed with what these two wonderful authors have done with this story and also how well their writing blends together! There were so many emotional moments and twists! Cadence and Slate are so incredibly perfect together! Truly magical, romantic, and breathtaking!

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Fantasy Library

    I thank the authors for giving me an opportunity to read and review this amazing book/series. Of Tainted Heart is the second book in the Quatrefoil Chronicles. Cadence and Slate along with Adrien, Gaelle, Alma and Bastian continue to finish the quests to bring magic back to Brume. But this time, it’s Cadence who wears the Bloodstone ring. Cadence’s need to set things right forced her to put the Bloodstone ring on. She wants to finish the trials and win this time and bring magic back once and for I thank the authors for giving me an opportunity to read and review this amazing book/series. Of Tainted Heart is the second book in the Quatrefoil Chronicles. Cadence and Slate along with Adrien, Gaelle, Alma and Bastian continue to finish the quests to bring magic back to Brume. But this time, it’s Cadence who wears the Bloodstone ring. Cadence’s need to set things right forced her to put the Bloodstone ring on. She wants to finish the trials and win this time and bring magic back once and for all. Also successfully completing the trials will undo all the wrongs that happened before or will happen in this fight. Slate did not expect that Cadence would so recklessly put the ring on that almost killed him. But he understands her need to win the trials, so he would be there for her, fight with her and fight for her if he has to. This time there’s more, everyone thought that right after they found Cadence’s leaf it would be over, magic would finally come back and everything would go back to the way it was before, but that was not how it played out. Now they have five more tasks to complete and every single task has a time limit. If the task is not completed within the given time then the consequences for that are pretty grave; not to mention all the tasks are difficult and will take you to different places and alternate times and dimensions; which are so perfect you wouldn’t want to leave. Of Tainted Heart is a book filled with intrigue and holds-your-hand-and-takes-you-on-a-heart-pumping-journey thrill and isn’t that exactly what we want in a book? I was instantly pulled into the book. One second we are enjoying steamy soup in cauldrons and the next we are fighting a downpour of Spiders of all shapes and sizes. I literally jumped out of my skin because of that scene. However, that is not the only thing that will have you pacing about. The book is really fast paced, there is no breathing time. Plot twists appear in the blink of an eye and either they leave you shocked or they leave you really creeped out. This book is a mix of fantasy, paranormal, adventure, mystery, horror and a bit of romance that just feels perfect. It is packed people. Cadence and Slate are absolutely perfect. They are made for each other. Even if they are separated, some way or the other they always find a way back to each other. For a small part in the book Adrien and Cadence's ship sailed for a bit, which I absolutely didn’t like. But not to worry a massive Slate shaped wave came and demolished that ship and floated away with Cadence in it’s arms. I loved how Slate and Cadence grew together. They grew stronger together, they fought side by side and never left the other alone even if they wanted to be alone. The last 20 chapters or so were dizzying; huge yay for short chapters, I love short chapters they just instantly make you want to read more. There were a few secrets that were uncovered, trusts were broken, hearts were shattered and of course people died. However there are some good parts too- like Slate who was an orphan his whole life. Now has a family, not just with his parents but with the people he met and bonded with and of course fell in love with. The ending was so satisfying, I loved every bit of it. The authors have written the book so beautifully; it is so gripping and tantalizing. The winter theme was just the cherry on top. Oh and because of this book I learned how to swear in french so that is just amazing. This series is amazing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. Fantastic read!! Great ending the only complaint, and I'm trying not to spoil anything but SPIDERS!!! Really! Dear God I was itching the whole time I was reading those chapters! I kept thinking they were all over me!! Definitely never a dull moment when reading one of these authors books! I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. Fantastic read!! Great ending the only complaint, and I'm trying not to spoil anything but SPIDERS!!! Really! Dear God I was itching the whole time I was reading those chapters! I kept thinking they were all over me!! Definitely never a dull moment when reading one of these authors books!

  5. 4 out of 5

    bookaddict2021

    Of Tainted Heart is the second and final instalment to the Quatrefoil series by Katie Hayoz and Olivia Wildenstein. Together they have written a fantastic finale that had me completely absorbed from the first page. Cadence, Adrian, Gaelle and Slate are the diwallers, from the founding families of Brume and are the only ones who can restore magic. The story begins where it left of, Rainer lied, Slate lives despite his attempts otherwise. Cadence and the others are well and there's a new budding r Of Tainted Heart is the second and final instalment to the Quatrefoil series by Katie Hayoz and Olivia Wildenstein. Together they have written a fantastic finale that had me completely absorbed from the first page. Cadence, Adrian, Gaelle and Slate are the diwallers, from the founding families of Brume and are the only ones who can restore magic. The story begins where it left of, Rainer lied, Slate lives despite his attempts otherwise. Cadence and the others are well and there's a new budding relationship brewing between quiet, shy Bastian and loud, fun-loving Alma. Their failed attempt at restoring magic means nothing to the others but Cadence is overcome with guilt over her failure. Her beloved father will never walk again, and everything else that went wrong whilst trying to get their four leaves will never be undone. But when she and the other diwallers are given another chance to restore magic they grasp it with both hands! Until the trials they need to pass reveal that failure this time will result in even worse consequences, the loss of further human life. However, their second attempt is not as easy as they first believe. Olivia and Katy throw twist after twist after twist at our beloved characters. Putting each of them through the worst pain they could ever endure, force them to make the hardest of choices. Slate is once again given the hardest trials of all and my heart ached for the pain he has to endure. Olivia and Katie ripped out my heart with a particular twist concerning our curse loving, bad boy Slate. Speaking of Slate, he is ever more determined to prove that Cadence's father Rainer de Morel is not who he appears to be. As secrets begin to reveal themselves the truth Slate hunts for turns darker than he could have imagined. But Slate's love for Cadence only hardens his resolve to see things through and show Cadence who her father truly is and reveal his web of lies, secrets and the ultimate betrayal he is guilty off. Slate also finds an unexpected ally in his quest... the Quatrefoil! The anticipation for this book was fierce and the ladies did not disappoint in the slightest. Pick up the epic conclusion to the Quatrefoil series to find out if they are truly able restore magic? Will the curse be reversed? Will little Emilie return? Will Slate and Cadence get their happily ever after? Will Slate's beloved Eve's Needle survive? With surprises around every corner this is a story you don't want to miss!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashlie

    Overall Rating: 5/5 Spice: 0/5 Plot: 5/5 Romance: 5/5 World-Building: 5/5 Things I loved: * Slate Ardoin takes my #1 spot of things I loved about this book - again. He is seriously the best character - for several reasons. His persistence, his dedication, his rough around the edges attitude, his love for all things cacti. He is up there in top favorite male book characters - I am talking alongside the Rhysands and Casteels of the world. He is witty, sarcastic and quite unique with his curse words. Mos Overall Rating: 5/5 Spice: 0/5 Plot: 5/5 Romance: 5/5 World-Building: 5/5 Things I loved: * Slate Ardoin takes my #1 spot of things I loved about this book - again. He is seriously the best character - for several reasons. His persistence, his dedication, his rough around the edges attitude, his love for all things cacti. He is up there in top favorite male book characters - I am talking alongside the Rhysands and Casteels of the world. He is witty, sarcastic and quite unique with his curse words. Most importantly he is dedicated to getting through everything in the book and fighting with everything he has to make sure him and his found family are safe and together. The love story between him and Cadence won me over in this book. I won’t spoil it, but trust me, you need to see their love story unfold because it is *chefs kiss*. * Cadence really shines in this book. Her personality is on full display and everything she does is very Cadence. She is strong willed and clever but she also handles some really tough things in stride and it’s nice to see that in a book character. She keeps pushing forward no matter what. * The plot twist in this book literally shocked me and hooked me in for the rest of the wild ride. I literally was sitting with my mouth hanging open. When you get to it, you’ll know and then have to finish the rest of the book in one sitting or you won’t know peace until you do! * Justice for Alma and Bastian - I needed more of my precious babies in this book. I love them as sidekicks to our main characters and I swear I could read a book just about them. Things I liked: * The action in this book is top tier. I almost thought the trials were a little too easy in the first book. Our characters struggled but got through pretty well for the most part. This book takes that and goes, haha you thought it was easy? Here have this. The action, the things the characters have to go through in this book - all amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat. * The magic and world building in this are fantastic. It’s modern day but still has that magical feel and there’s nothing in the book that is hurt by it being modern day. I think it makes it feel more real to me! Things: * My things column remains the same as the first book. Papa de Morel is my least favorite character, by far. This book solidifies that and boy oh boy do we get to learn a lot about ole Papa in this one. It’s a wild ride but it has a satisfying conclusion, at least. * Adrien just rubs me the wrong way still, Quatrefoil crew or not. He’s there and he’s doing stuff but he could definitely be kicked out of the crew and I wouldn’t complain. Your miles may vary with him though! Overall, this is a fantastic conclusion to this series. I wish it wasn’t over - that is how much I loved these characters and this world. But the ending makes up for it and didn’t leave me hanging. Just wanting more of these wonderful characters! This book is a fun, exciting ride. Highly, highly recommend!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Faith Noelle

    Well, I thought I loved the first book and then Olivia and Katie somehow delivered an even better story with more action and adventure, more humor, all the feelings...I absolutely could not put this book down! It's a wonderful sequel and I think ends things in a perfect way. Things definitely weren't easy for Slate and Cadence, but I had fun watching them navigate and interesting new challenge, and I also loved all of the different moments with all the other characters. I'm a little sad it's the Well, I thought I loved the first book and then Olivia and Katie somehow delivered an even better story with more action and adventure, more humor, all the feelings...I absolutely could not put this book down! It's a wonderful sequel and I think ends things in a perfect way. Things definitely weren't easy for Slate and Cadence, but I had fun watching them navigate and interesting new challenge, and I also loved all of the different moments with all the other characters. I'm a little sad it's the end but also really satisfied with how things ended. This series is definitely one I'll find myself re-reading at some point!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    We're BAAAAAAACK! Wow! Olivia and I hope we brought this duet to an epic conclusion. All I can say is...expect a WILD ride. We're BAAAAAAACK! Wow! Olivia and I hope we brought this duet to an epic conclusion. All I can say is...expect a WILD ride.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Well, they did it AGAIN! Another absolutely brilliant 5 star read (honestly I’d give it more stars if I could) - finishing up the Quatrefoil Chronicles with this gem. This duology is hands down one of my most favorite new series of the past year. The first book, Of Wicked Blood, blew my mind and left me so impatient for the conclusion…which was SO WORTH THE WAIT! I devoured this in a single day, not wanting to put it down for anything. The dark academia & urban fantasy vibe continues in this con Well, they did it AGAIN! Another absolutely brilliant 5 star read (honestly I’d give it more stars if I could) - finishing up the Quatrefoil Chronicles with this gem. This duology is hands down one of my most favorite new series of the past year. The first book, Of Wicked Blood, blew my mind and left me so impatient for the conclusion…which was SO WORTH THE WAIT! I devoured this in a single day, not wanting to put it down for anything. The dark academia & urban fantasy vibe continues in this conclusion to the duology - but this one’s a bit darker and more complex than the first. Which honestly I found to be perfect - it felt like such a natural progression from the prior book. I mean this has it all - dark academia, fantasy, magic, folklore, swearing (with a handy little translation key so if you don’t swear in French already, look you get a new skill just from that alone), romance, mystery, friendship, drama & a special very loved cactus 😜🌵 Thank you so much to the authors, Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz, for the e-ARC of this one! I cannot wait to add the print version to my shelves to go with my copies of “Of Wicked Blood”. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chenay

    Must read My love this book is epic. We find ourselves finishing our journey in Brume at the end of cadence n slates journey. What a ride this book was action packed with twists n turns that'll have your emotions doing all sorts of things. This is the 2nd n final book in this series start your journey in of wicked blood. Alls fair is love and .........magic Must read My love this book is epic. We find ourselves finishing our journey in Brume at the end of cadence n slates journey. What a ride this book was action packed with twists n turns that'll have your emotions doing all sorts of things. This is the 2nd n final book in this series start your journey in of wicked blood. Alls fair is love and .........magic

  11. 5 out of 5

    My Secret Book Spot

    What a fantastic conclusion to the Quatrefoil Chronicles!! I dare to say I enjoyed this one more than the first, but only because I listened to the audiobook version of #1 and I can read faster than they can perform. Slate will forever be a character fav: snarky, spontaneous, handsome, and such a great-hearted guy. I feel like he carries this series more than any of the others, but that's not to say that the rest of the lineup isn't just as dynamic and amazing. I hate to leave Brume but I'm so g What a fantastic conclusion to the Quatrefoil Chronicles!! I dare to say I enjoyed this one more than the first, but only because I listened to the audiobook version of #1 and I can read faster than they can perform. Slate will forever be a character fav: snarky, spontaneous, handsome, and such a great-hearted guy. I feel like he carries this series more than any of the others, but that's not to say that the rest of the lineup isn't just as dynamic and amazing. I hate to leave Brume but I'm so glad to have experienced the magic of true storytelling! Wildenstein and Hayoz have a seamless writing style and are gifted world-builders for sure!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia Stevens

    Absolutely wonderful conclusion to the Quatrefoil Chronicles.  Jam packed with magic, curses, traumatic trials, secrets, betrayals, tension, unexpected twists and turns, I was glued to the pages as revelations poured off the pages.  I was desperate to find out just how things would end for the four intrepid diwallers and their mystical town of Brume. These two authors have created a story full of depth, detail and a camaraderie with a crew of very different personalities that had to put aside th Absolutely wonderful conclusion to the Quatrefoil Chronicles.  Jam packed with magic, curses, traumatic trials, secrets, betrayals, tension, unexpected twists and turns, I was glued to the pages as revelations poured off the pages.  I was desperate to find out just how things would end for the four intrepid diwallers and their mystical town of Brume. These two authors have created a story full of depth, detail and a camaraderie with a crew of very different personalities that had to put aside their fears and mistrust and work together to survive. It certainly wasn't an easy journey, especially for the budding romance between Slate and Cadence. My heart cracked for what they were put through but I loved them both, their strength and tenacity shone amongst the vulnerability. OTH was a beautiful, intricate web of magic, fantasy, myths and legends with a darker twist. It was pretty brutal at times, the curses were devastating in their effects, but the authors also added in some good humour to break up tension and intensity. I absolutely loved it and I hope we may get more from this world someday, but it was a fabulous and satisfying conclusion to a magical duet I'd definitely recommend. 5 Spikey stars (he couldn't go without a mention lol)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Bush

    This duology is one of my new favorite series of all time, and I can't wait until I can get my hands on a physical copy.. In this awsome sequel Candice, Slate and the others are off on another Quatrefoil adventure.. There are more tests that get harder and crazier.. Slate ends up cursed, and ends up with his hands full trying to help the others to figure out how to end the trials and bring magic, and hopefully everone that died as a result of the Quatrefoil back.. Slate is my absolute favorite p This duology is one of my new favorite series of all time, and I can't wait until I can get my hands on a physical copy.. In this awsome sequel Candice, Slate and the others are off on another Quatrefoil adventure.. There are more tests that get harder and crazier.. Slate ends up cursed, and ends up with his hands full trying to help the others to figure out how to end the trials and bring magic, and hopefully everone that died as a result of the Quatrefoil back.. Slate is my absolute favorite person ever I just love his personality. I love him and Candice together.. She brings out all of his softer emotions.. I also love his brother Bastien, and Spike.. I mean you know its a good story when your emotionally invested in a cactus.. All the secrets are finally revealed, and everything comes together.. I loved the epilogue.. Seeing what happens with Slate and Candice after the trials are finally over.. If you havent started this series you should definitely read Of Wicked Blood, and you should absolutley read this one when its released.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Of Tainted Heart is the stunning conclusion to the Quatrefoil Chronicles by Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hoyz. This duology is everything, Of Tainted Heart, was just as amazing as, Of Wicked Blood, the story is filled with magic, romance, trials, deception, curses, and a jaw-dropping mystery. We're back in the magical village of Brume and the gang is once again facing danger when Candace slips the moonstone ring on and starts a whole new set of magical trials. Candace being the big-hearted perfec Of Tainted Heart is the stunning conclusion to the Quatrefoil Chronicles by Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hoyz. This duology is everything, Of Tainted Heart, was just as amazing as, Of Wicked Blood, the story is filled with magic, romance, trials, deception, curses, and a jaw-dropping mystery. We're back in the magical village of Brume and the gang is once again facing danger when Candace slips the moonstone ring on and starts a whole new set of magical trials. Candace being the big-hearted perfectionist that she is can't let sleeping dogs lie, she failed at putting her piece of the quatrefoil into the clock so not only did all the people who died from magic didn't get to come back but her father doesn't have use of his legs again and magic is still slumbering. Candace feels like she felled everyone so she takes it upon herself to put the ring on to finish putting her piece in the clock. Little did she know that she was starting a new series of trials that will leave no one unscathed. However, Candace doesn't have to do it alone the other dwellers (magic holders), Slate, Adrien, and Gaelle are there to help, and not only them this time Alma, Bastion, and even Adrien's father Geoffrey is there to help. The four have more difficult and dangerous puzzles to solve and it's gonna take everyone to get through it. These magical trials, the curses, are traumatic for everyone, and going through something like that, something unique, special (in its own way), and the trauma has bonded them in a way that will be difficult to break. The trials this time around are most definitely more team-centered than individual and it almost seems as if the magic is trying to tell them something, bringing up past events, making the players take a good look at the people around them it was really interesting. The magic is changing each of the characters making them grow and new sides of the characters are shown. Candace who seems to be the type that needs proof starts to believe, also her rose-colored glasses about people seem to come off. Slate who was detached from pretty much everyone, except for Candace and Bastion, heart grows. Adrien who seems so put together so compassionate, anger is released and he's something other than the mask he wears. Then there is Gaelle, who has been through so much, two attempts at magic (not counting what's happening in this book), the loss of her husband, raising a few children on her own has been so strong, breaks down, releases the pinned-up emotions that she's been carrying. Seems like magic is really turning the players on their heads but it's Slate that really gets me. I love seeing this new side to him, seeing how much he cares about Candace, seeing the connection they have is adorable and seeing him starting to care for others is heartwarming. I loved the setting of this little village, it provided a very creepy atmosphere that seems like magic would have been possible no matter what and the magic itself was interesting. This time it centered on pieces around Brume like a puzzle and then events occurred that gave the characters a new perspective on the life they knew and the life that could have been. The trials were exciting and the magic so unbelievable, I almost forgot that there was a bit of a mystery revealed in Of Wicked Blood, questioning if someone had been murdered or not. It comes up again in OTH and then things start to connect together, start to make a whole lot of sense until finally the truth is revealed, and what a shocking truth it was. I didn't expect the story to end the way it did for some of the characters. However, I did get my HEA for some and I am happy I did because this is Olivia we are talking about she doesn't give her characters perfect endings but I think this is close as she could have gotten and I love her for it. I cannot express how much I loved this book. Of Tainted Heart was a wicked conclusion to an epic urban fantasy, emotions were raw, the magic was dangerous, and the bonds were real, Olivia and Katie have done a fantastic job with this duology and I will miss the characters more than I can say.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jovana

    4.5 stars Review to come. I would like to say a huge thank you to the authors for providing me with the e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Smith

    Be still my beating tainted heart So I have been read for this since I closed book one. It did not disappoint. Oh the truth does come out, and that ending. I can’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil as yet but I’ll come back and update! What I can say, I LOVE spike! My own cactus George wants to be friends! I love the puzzles and the friendships and the magic! I’m so glad I picked of wicked blood to request as an arc on netgalley, it has kept me sane and given me joy! I’m secretly hoping for a Be still my beating tainted heart So I have been read for this since I closed book one. It did not disappoint. Oh the truth does come out, and that ending. I can’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil as yet but I’ll come back and update! What I can say, I LOVE spike! My own cactus George wants to be friends! I love the puzzles and the friendships and the magic! I’m so glad I picked of wicked blood to request as an arc on netgalley, it has kept me sane and given me joy! I’m secretly hoping for a spin off in the future with magic a plenty! So many thankyou to Katie and Olivia for this fantastic duo!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Dabu

    The Quatrefoil crew is back in Of Tainted Heart! There’s some unfinished business to be addressed and it’s about to get interesting. Book two is full of even more curses, magic and trials for our crew and I loved every bit of it! While I’m sad to leave this magical town, the ending did not disappoint. Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz, thank you for including me in the O.K. Crew, hilarious writing process and early access to this amazing book ❤️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Roberts

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **Spoilers ** Olivia & Katie have done it again I absolutely loved the final book in the quatrefoil story and how it wasn’t to predictable. Slate being cursed to be forgotten was definitely a welcome twist in the story. I was happy that it was finished with a happy ending for the main crew & slate got his parents back. If a spin off book was to be written it would be nice to find out how things progressed with Bastion & Alma. The writing & detail that Olivia and Kate went into for all the trials **Spoilers ** Olivia & Katie have done it again I absolutely loved the final book in the quatrefoil story and how it wasn’t to predictable. Slate being cursed to be forgotten was definitely a welcome twist in the story. I was happy that it was finished with a happy ending for the main crew & slate got his parents back. If a spin off book was to be written it would be nice to find out how things progressed with Bastion & Alma. The writing & detail that Olivia and Kate went into for all the trials & the brum history was vivid & helped build up the visual images while reading. I initially listened to the first book on audible which I recommend as the voice over on it is brilliant and matches the characters personas perfectly

  19. 5 out of 5

    Theresea

    This was my most anticipated release this year and it did not disappoint! I loved the first book in the Quatrefoil series so much, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. This story has so many twists! I'm usually good at guessing what will happen next, but this book surprised me at every turn. I loved the action, humor, and romance, and while I was sad to let these characters go, the story had an ending that was satisfying and perfect. I recommend going back and reading book one before thi This was my most anticipated release this year and it did not disappoint! I loved the first book in the Quatrefoil series so much, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. This story has so many twists! I'm usually good at guessing what will happen next, but this book surprised me at every turn. I loved the action, humor, and romance, and while I was sad to let these characters go, the story had an ending that was satisfying and perfect. I recommend going back and reading book one before this one for maximum enjoyment :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nance

    Of Tainted Heart is the second book in this series. This book picks up where the previous book left off with the crew of four who tried to restore magic to the Quatrafoil but ended up failing. Mostly everyone wants to move on with their lives but Cadence just couldn’t let it be. In order to restore magic this time around the crew needs to go through different trials and pass them, because to fail them means lives will be lost. There is also lies and betrayal that will be uncovered. Of Tainted Hea Of Tainted Heart is the second book in this series. This book picks up where the previous book left off with the crew of four who tried to restore magic to the Quatrafoil but ended up failing. Mostly everyone wants to move on with their lives but Cadence just couldn’t let it be. In order to restore magic this time around the crew needs to go through different trials and pass them, because to fail them means lives will be lost. There is also lies and betrayal that will be uncovered. Of Tainted Heart takes us on a magical ride that has humour, love, lies and betrayal. I loved this story and thought it was a fitting end to this amazing series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    While this picks up exactly where the last book left off, the adventure is just as exciting and keeps you flipping as fast as you can. At one point, it should be the conclusion and then the magic kicks in and another trial starts the just keeps challenging the key four (five?). This was flawlessly co-written and I would love to see more in their world.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    Slate, Cadence and crew are back and it was good to be with them again. They thought Quatrefoil was over and they could move on. But Cadence wanted to try again because she didn't want to leave things unfinished. Their trials were interesting and also how they solved those. A lot happened to them and I really liked this book. An ARC was provided in exhange for an honest review. Slate, Cadence and crew are back and it was good to be with them again. They thought Quatrefoil was over and they could move on. But Cadence wanted to try again because she didn't want to leave things unfinished. Their trials were interesting and also how they solved those. A lot happened to them and I really liked this book. An ARC was provided in exhange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Our Quatrefoil gang is back with a BANG for the final installment of the Quatrefoil Chronicles - Of Tainted Heart. Just as the dust settled of from the turbulent events in Of Wicked Blood and everything seems calm,everyone is safe....and Brume is back to the old cold and foggy self...in a blink of an eye our merry band is fighting for their lives AGAIN and to complete the Quatrefoil quest that throws at them more dangerous tasks,with higher stakes than ever....but at the same time, it turns out t Our Quatrefoil gang is back with a BANG for the final installment of the Quatrefoil Chronicles - Of Tainted Heart. Just as the dust settled of from the turbulent events in Of Wicked Blood and everything seems calm,everyone is safe....and Brume is back to the old cold and foggy self...in a blink of an eye our merry band is fighting for their lives AGAIN and to complete the Quatrefoil quest that throws at them more dangerous tasks,with higher stakes than ever....but at the same time, it turns out that every quest leads them to a shocking truth and it seems every quest is a clue that unravels something no one expects. This book is a little bit darker and gritty from the first and a helluva roller-coaster ride of emotions - loss,laughter,love....did i mentioned spiders 😂😂😂😁😁😁 I would say Slate's character evolved the most of our gang,and the maturity he shows in multiple occasions shows that(but to be honest i miss the old dangerous and reckless Slate more...i mean....bad guys are always a soft spot🙊😄😄). The writing chemistry between Katie Hayoz and Olivia Wildenstein is absolutely brilliant and i really hope we will see more collaborations from them in the future❤

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Navarro

    One of the best series I have read!!! ❤️ I love, love, love this series so much, it totally deserves to be turned into a movie or TV show!!! 🤩 The plot is so twisted and enthralling, and those Slate fun moments are priceless 😂 He is the best, I fell in love with him immediately and was rooting for him the whole time, I'm so happy with this finale, it's perfect!!! 🥰 Wonderful characters, scary trials, heart-stoping moments, a freezing magical town and Spike🌵will suck you in this fantastic world Olivi One of the best series I have read!!! ❤️ I love, love, love this series so much, it totally deserves to be turned into a movie or TV show!!! 🤩 The plot is so twisted and enthralling, and those Slate fun moments are priceless 😂 He is the best, I fell in love with him immediately and was rooting for him the whole time, I'm so happy with this finale, it's perfect!!! 🥰 Wonderful characters, scary trials, heart-stoping moments, a freezing magical town and Spike🌵will suck you in this fantastic world Olivia and Katie have created... And you won’t want to leave!!! 🤗😍

  25. 4 out of 5

    MiraJane

    I have difficulty differentiating my feelings towards this books and Of Wicked Blood, mainly because the issues I had reading the first book followed over to Of Tainted Heart. At the same time though I liked this book better than the first, which is good, but also along with previous issues new issues came forth. At the start I liked Of Tainted Heart and really thought it would be a big improvement from the previous one. This because of how it focused a bit more on the characters and the romance, I have difficulty differentiating my feelings towards this books and Of Wicked Blood, mainly because the issues I had reading the first book followed over to Of Tainted Heart. At the same time though I liked this book better than the first, which is good, but also along with previous issues new issues came forth. At the start I liked Of Tainted Heart and really thought it would be a big improvement from the previous one. This because of how it focused a bit more on the characters and the romance, which was one of the things I felt bereft of in book one. Sadly this didn’t hold up throughout the book, since as soon as Slate and Cadence split up the world and magic took sole focus again. I mean, I liked the plot and everything, but since the characterization took the back burner I wasn’t as invested in the trials and hardships the characters went through. Still, I am impressed with the plot when it came to Slate’s curse, Geoffrey’s new role and the part Rainier played. I found it very cleverly written and they were the main parts that kept me in the story. The biggest pull however was the Romance. I have always liked Slate, mostly because he is a complex and perfectly flawed character with his rough upbringing and charm. Although I am not as fond of Cadence, her more innocent and rule abiding character made their relationship work very well. With Slate cursed it brought a whole new dynamic to the romance as well which I loved, especially when the drama with Adrien was thrown in. The only downside was it took a while for the book to build up to this since it took so much time to the plot and trials which became kind of repetitive. As soon as it got there though I was all in. Sadly when the story an romance was at its best it too quickly tried to rush for a happily ever after. Sure, there were revelations and losses on its way but it became kind of underwhelming, messy and rushed since every unanswered question and revelation was crammed into the ending along with every solution and conclusion. This in turn made that HEA feel unrealistic and almost had a fairy tale/children’s book feel to it. This because everyone got exactly what the wanted or deserved and then the whole people coming back, magic school and the Merlin and Vivienne aspect … well, lets just say it was not my cup of tea. I am not unhappy with the conclusion per say. I had just hoped for a more climatic and clever ending, especially when it came to Rainier and Geoffrey, as well as a more realistic sort of bittersweet ending for Adrien and Charlotte considering how badly Adrien had behaved towards Charlotte previously. I also didn’t really get the whole flirtatious Claire and then Amandine and Geoffrey aspect in the book since it never really lead anywhere or was cleared up. When it came to Slate and Cadence however, I am over the moon happy with how their story ended, so I am satisfied enough to give the book three stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Of Tainted Heart When we last saw this cast of characters, they were three quarters of the way to completing their mission and we had a pretty solid idea of who the bad guys/gals were. I thought to myself, how are these authors going to fill an entire book about finding the fourth item? They did, and they did it in an intricately detailed, action packed, (like, okay that’s done, let me catch my breath, wait, WHAT?!), angst ridden, snarky, deceit-plagued, and sweet (slow burn continues) way. This Of Tainted Heart When we last saw this cast of characters, they were three quarters of the way to completing their mission and we had a pretty solid idea of who the bad guys/gals were. I thought to myself, how are these authors going to fill an entire book about finding the fourth item? They did, and they did it in an intricately detailed, action packed, (like, okay that’s done, let me catch my breath, wait, WHAT?!), angst ridden, snarky, deceit-plagued, and sweet (slow burn continues) way. This story is exciting and head-spinning, with loads of “wait, what?” moments and a few “for the love of all things holy, take your rose-colored glasses off and see the freaking evil that’s RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU” moments. I loved that there were so many things I couldn’t figure out. I loved the sweet romances. The character development was wonderful, especially as back stories filled out. The deepening of development between characters who had known one another for years, but really hadn’t as it turns out, spun my heart. In a nutshell: still Slate’s and Cadence’s POV, well-written wild ride with more HEAs than I had expected, and lots of “HA! serves you right, you evil bottom-dweller!!” moments. FYI I received an ARC for an honest review, and honestly I loved this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    *An ARC awarded to me for an honest review* OMG why isn’t this series made into a movie🎥! I know this book took me longer then I anticipated, but actually when I finally got rid of a few kids I sat two days hiding 🙈 as I DID NOT want to put it down. A Brilliant read, as the journey from OWB continues in Brume. We get caught up in a more intense journey to finish the task in getting magic back and fixing what has been already done to loved ones and others that it has effected. But in the process we *An ARC awarded to me for an honest review* OMG why isn’t this series made into a movie🎥! I know this book took me longer then I anticipated, but actually when I finally got rid of a few kids I sat two days hiding 🙈 as I DID NOT want to put it down. A Brilliant read, as the journey from OWB continues in Brume. We get caught up in a more intense journey to finish the task in getting magic back and fixing what has been already done to loved ones and others that it has effected. But in the process we discover secrets and learn the truth to the unanswered questions. I want to say the tasks and challenges were so intensified that reading it was a nail biting experience and every time the four/five (Geoffrey 🤣) diwallers came across a new trial my eyes would pop and I had to refrain from skipping pages to see if they each completed it and if there were any repercussions. The banter and Spike gave the story a little laughter and breather as did the side characters Bastian and Alma. This story was very well written and the plot and place was very descriptive that it gave you a sense of a picture in your head of the place as you were reading. Also very descriptive in the trials and actions while they were completing each task that you can feel in your head what was happening. Love both these authors and can’t wait to see what new adventure we’re in for.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula lily

    Thank you Olivia for providing an eArc of this book. I'm leaving the review voluntarily. I'm sad I'm more than sad that I didn't like this book as much as I did the first one. So what bothered me? It could have been shorter, and less trials. The thing is I just got confused along the way and as I didn't have any expectations I was still dissatisfied. Honestly for me the story could have ended with the first book. And I don't know perhaps the fact that there wasn't much romance in it I didn't enjoy Thank you Olivia for providing an eArc of this book. I'm leaving the review voluntarily. I'm sad I'm more than sad that I didn't like this book as much as I did the first one. So what bothered me? It could have been shorter, and less trials. The thing is I just got confused along the way and as I didn't have any expectations I was still dissatisfied. Honestly for me the story could have ended with the first book. And I don't know perhaps the fact that there wasn't much romance in it I didn't enjoy as much. Oh and at 67% I was going to dnf but I took a break and came back to finish because it was bothering me lol. Oh my precious man Slate, if it wasn't for him I would have definitely dnf sooner.

  29. 4 out of 5

    diana

    Full review posted on Chasing Chapters. As far as sequels go, this one wrapped up the duology perfectly. (We even get a bonus epilogue, which I always love btw) Of Wicked Blood ended with Cadence’s Quatrefoil piece missing. But she’s not letting the danger stop her from remedying that. The quartet is going to try and bring back magic to the world, again. It’s going to be far from being as simple as they think. And definitely more dangerous. I received an ARC to read and review. Full review posted on Chasing Chapters. As far as sequels go, this one wrapped up the duology perfectly. (We even get a bonus epilogue, which I always love btw) Of Wicked Blood ended with Cadence’s Quatrefoil piece missing. But she’s not letting the danger stop her from remedying that. The quartet is going to try and bring back magic to the world, again. It’s going to be far from being as simple as they think. And definitely more dangerous. I received an ARC to read and review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joy Whiteside

    This book was an amazing read that hooked me from the very beginning. It moves along at a great pace making for an easy and very enjoyable read. It has interesting and unique characters that you will fall in love with no matter what and a story that will not disappoint. It will keep you interested and turning pages till the last word is read. This book is a must read there is no doubt about it. It needs to be on your TBR list, you will not be sorry that it is.

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