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The Heart's Blood Arrow by Kai Butler

llpantz's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

zelda75's review against another edition

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5.0

a really intricate plot

flo77k's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

styria_devil's review against another edition

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4.5

This may have been my favorite in the series yet! Is it because we finally get more of Nick? Probably. But that's not the only reason.
I really enjoyed the expansion of the world building and the introduction to the old gods, though I surprisingly missed the fae politics especially with what's going in the summer court.
Parker has grown so much in this book, I'm so proud of him! He's slowly letting go of his guilt, his grief is under control and for once, he's managing his insecurities about being worthy of love and affection quite well. His many proposal attempts and chaotic fits of jealousy were absolutely hilarious. His and Nick's relationship has grown so strong and I couldn't be happier for them.
The part where he was willing to let Nick go if it meant he would be safe? My heart couldn't take it ;-;
 
Absolutely hate Nick's parents, I'm so glad he has found a loving family with Parker, Laurel, Sugar and everyone else. 
Still adore the side characters as well, especially captain Tate (this man deserves a raise with everything he has to deal with), Sugar (protect her at all costs), Zahid and Avila (absolute badasses) and of course the werewolves (their feud with the brownies was comedy gold). Also really love Torres, even though she hardly shows up in this one.
I saw most of the twists coming, but that didn't bother me too much. We left off with high stakes and the biggest threat so far looming on the horizon and can't wait to see where everything will go.

teiira's review

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adventurous dark funny hopeful mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

chloeinbooksland's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

It was great although it wasn't really what I was expecting.
I still loved the characters. As for the plot, I was not 100% into it. I think I like this series best when the fae, the the court politics and the paranormals of San Amaro in general are more the focus of the story. Here, the plot wasn't bad but I was more involved in the characters and their relationships than the mystery plot.
As the San Amaro Investigations series continues and the more Gods are introduced the more I loose a bit of interest in the overall story arc of the series. BUT I'll still read the last two books because the characters are the best part -and because Greg Boudreaux/Tremblay is a great narrator. 

aeryn's review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

_isabel_'s review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny mysterious tense medium-paced

5.0

Another incredible installment in this fabulous, and addictive, series!

I absolutely adored "The Heart's Blood Arrow". I didn't think it was possible, but this fifth book is even more action-packed and heart-stopping and explosive than the previous ones. It's also slightly less gut-wrenching than the previous two books, since Parker's slowly letting go of his guilt, his grief is under control and for once, he's managing his insecurities about being worthy of love and affection quite well. 

We've seen so many sides of him: the barely functioning adult, the manipulative fae, the reckless, quasi-suicidal kickass, the insecure and broken orphan, the grief-stricken son, the protective lover and brother... This fifth book allows us to glimpse another side of Parker: the chaos gremlin. 
This book is decidedly more light-hearted, and Kai Butler blesses the reader with Parker's many, hilarious attempts to ask Nick to marry him, his hilariously chaotic jealous streak (ft. his one attempt at running to show the world how well-matched he and Nick are) and his highly entertaining, and disastrous, interactions with the King family. 
I loved him so much here, and I absolutely adored how much his relationship with Nick has grown and gotten stronger. 
I also managed to fall in love a tiny bit more with the absolutely compelling cast of side characters: Sugar needs to protected at ALL COSTS; Laurel is such a badass; Zahide and Avila can step on me any time; Tate is the ultimate Daddy Materialâ„¢; and the whole wolf pack vs the feral brownies debacle had me CACKLING. 

Plot-wise, I have to admit I, surprisingly, kind of missed the fae courts machinations in this one: I found the old gods and their appearance really fascinating, but I'm hoping we'll get some answers about what the hell is happening in the Summer Court and in general, I really want to see Parker's role as Windrose expanded. 

I'm beyond curious to see what will happen next: I can't believe I've managed to devour these books in so little time, and I'm desperate to time-jump myself ahead in the future so I can devour the last (I'm already preemptively crying because the end is so near 😭 ) two books in this series.
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