Shield & Blade by Heather Frost | Blog Tour

Posted July 13, 2022 by Silvia in Books / 13 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from Author for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Shield & Blade by Heather Frost | Blog TourShield & Blade by Heather Frost
Series: Fate of Eyrinthia #3.5
Published by Self-published on July 14, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Source: Author
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When Vera broke Venn’s heart, he was shattered. When she was abducted by mercenaries, he vowed to tear Mortise apart to find her. Now, reunited, he is determined to keep her safe–and win back her heart. Of course, things are never that simple.
Vera has regretted hurting Venn ever since that fateful night in Wexon, but finding the right time to tell him is proving difficult. Traveling with him to Duvan should give her the perfect opportunity, but things take an unexpected turn when they find young children abandoned near a roadside.
Helping the children isn’t in question, but the detour leads Venn and Vera into the heart of a sinister mystery. The truth they fight to uncover could change everything in Eyrinthia–and may cost them their lives.
Shield & Blade is a novella in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series. It is best enjoyed after reading Royal Captive.

After you finish reading the third book in this exciting series, you are definitely left emotionally proved wondering about two characters in particular. So, thank Frost for this novella, where she finally reveals what happened to them during the events taking place in Royal Captive.

Vera and Venn are a couple of characters that readers come to grow close to and feel for them every book a bit more. Because of this, when dreadful events strike, it’s inevitable to feel the repercussions of those, and suffering together with such a beloved bodyguard and a dear royal maid just comes naturally. It’s truly amazing how the author manages to get us so attached to her secondary characters, and it’s outstanding how hard we keep falling for a few. Like for Venn. Seriously, he’s always been caring and charming—not to mention funny—but, after assisting to his interactions with the children in here, you’ll have to fight not to let your heart melt . . . How much strength do you have?

A lovely novella with heart-warming characters, a well-thought storyline, and intriguing discoveries . . . Beware, some tension might be lifted, but your mind could get even more twisted!

And because sharing is caring,
let me give you a glimpse of a reunion you shouldn’t miss . . .

Vera was nearly to the edge of the square when the hairs on her arms lifted. She turned on instinct, clutching the knife in her pocket until her knuckles creaked.

The crowd parted briefly, revealing the fountain she’d just left behind, and she froze, elation and doubt both tearing inside her.


The milling crowd hid him before she could blink. Before she could decide if it was really him.


He hadn’t looked quite right, even in that quick glimpse. He hadn’t been smiling, and his expression had been overly hard—not like Venn at all. It could have been a trick of her mind; she’d pictured him so clearly in her mind and she longed to find him so badly, her imagination had conjured him. That was all.

But if it was him . . .

Her pulse hammered. Without giving her feet the order, she started walking back toward the fountain. She pushed around the people blocking her way, but progress was slow—too slow. What if she lost him?

“Venn,” she breathed out, far too softly to be heard over the noise in the square. She sucked in a breath and called out louder, “Venn!”

There was no answer and she couldn’t see him through the crowd, but she continued to move. A man shoved her, cursing her in Mortisian. She only dodged around him and kept going, shifting into a run.


Her desperate cry was surely swallowed by the rumble of the crowd and the pounding of the fountain, but she didn’t stop calling out to him. Didn’t stop searching for him.

And then there he was, standing on the rimmed edge of the fountain, head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd. He searched the square with narrowed eyes, his gaze sweeping over everyone in the crowd. His brow was creased, his mouth a thin line. Tension coiled in his shoulders and strands of black hair stuck to his ebony skin. Most of his hair was tied with a leather cord into a bun at the back of his head, and he wasn’t wearing a uniform—but it was him. Even at this distance, after this ageless time apart, she knew him.

She would always know him.


He didn’t react, his cool gaze still roving the crowd. He’d already looked past her. Hadn’t seen her. Hadn’t heard her.
Her stomach lurched and she pressed harder, heedless of the annoyed looks and sharp elbows that caught her sides. “Venn!”

This time, he stilled at her cry. Then his chest rose with a hard breath. “Vera!” He spun on the edge of the fountain, his eyes digging over the square as he searched for her.


His head snapped in her direction. Despite the people who still streamed between them, his eyes found her, and everything inside her warmed as she became his sole focus.

He leaped off the fountain and barreled into the crowd, shouldering past everyone in his way. She lost sight of him for a moment, and she only knew Venn had also lost her briefly because when he found her again, he stumbled.

The strongest and most confident man she knew had actually stumbled.

But even though he briefly faltered, Vera did not. She threw herself at him, knowing he would catch her.

She slammed into his hard chest, barely feeling the pain of the impact because he was here. Strong arms banded around her, tugging her so close she could barely breathe. His hold was fierce, as if she had never told him she didn’t love him. Could never love him.

Fates, she loved him.

Her arms were locked around his neck and she couldn’t hold back her tears. Seventeen eternal days she’d been with Salim and finally, for the first time since she’d been taken, she was safe.

Venn buried his head in the curve of her neck and shoulder, sucking in sharp breaths as he gasped her name against her hair. Over and over, as if it was the only thing he could say. The only word left inside him.

“You came,” she rasped, her breath hitching as she cried. “You came.”

“Of course.” He spoke with finality, yet emotion roughened the words. “I’ll always come for you.”

Shield & Blade Blog TourDon’t forget to check the other stops of the blog tour,
and keep the excitement running with the main books in this unique series!

Royal Decoy (book 1)Royal Spy (book 2)Royal Captive (book 3)


About Silvia

Through her creativity and blogging, Silvia has met people from different industries and collaborated with them on various projects over the years. Her strong passion for reading and her fascination for different cultures and languages have led her to develop a keen interest in the East-Asian continent. Off to see her? Follow the colourful book road . . . ♡

13 responses to “Shield & Blade by Heather Frost | Blog Tour

    • Definitely! I think it worked better this way because, since these are secondary characters, we got to experience their own journey like we couldn’t have done in the main books. It’s the second novella in the series and I think the author has thought them both extremely well 👌🏻

    • I agree on both fronts, Carole, and the cover gets even more beautiful once you discover the connection to the story in here 💜

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