Sneak Peek Wednesday: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts
(Bring Me Their Hearts #1)
by Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

 

 

Sneak peek

Reginall and Y’shennria share a look, before Reginall bows out and leaves us there in the hall, with only the grand sandclock’s ticking daring to break the silence. The disappointment is so bitter in my mouth it burns. Even after everything, I’m still just a Heartless to her.I storm up the stairs to my bedroom, and she doesn’t follow, or call for me. And I’m glad. I bury my anger at the world in cleaning father’s sword with an oiled rag. The indents in the faded brass handle, the scratches on the blade – at this moment they feel like the only friends I have. I’d give anything to spar with Crav right now, or sing to little Peligli. Hours later, when the three moons are blue and gold chunks of ore against the black sky, Reginall knocks on my door with a tray of livers, and a note on clean parchment paper.

“This came for you, milady, from a palace courier.” I thank him and move to close the door, but he clears his throat. “Are you alright?”

The white witch-forms still haunt my vision, eyes glassy and dead.

“No,” I say shortly. “But I didn’t come here to be alright, did I?” I hear myself, and I sound awful. Angry. But I can’t stop it. “At least in the forest, I could be a monster in peace.”

“Forgive me, milady, but I like to think that someday, there won’t be a need to hide in the forests, or a need for monsters.”

His wisdom isn’t a salve over my open wound, but it’s a splash of cool water. He makes a little bow, and leaves me with my food and my note. I read it once I’m full, once the hunger is muffled. Never satiated, only muted.

There, in broad, curled handwriting, reads a sentence;

What is your price?

Prince Lucien sent this, no doubt. Insistent, isn’t he? I go to my desk and begin writing with a quill, only to see blood smearing across the paper. Red on white. White like the bandit’s skin stained with their own blood, like Mother’s neck as she gasped for air, her torn lungs never giving it to her. White like the dozens of dead witches, stuffed into a room for display.

My hands are still dirty. Cursing my clumsiness and my memory that insists on keeping only the nightmarish things, I wash in the basin nearby, and return to the desk with fresh hands.

Fresh as they can be, anyway, when I’ve killed five humans.

Y’shennria is right to fear me. To hate me. But as I write this letter, I’m not a monster. I’m a human girl. That’s what he thinks I am. No matter how fleeting, I can pretend for a moment I haven’t done terrible things.

I ink my response on a new sheet of paper.

Time. Your time, Prince Lucien, and nothing more.

I think back to today. I told him the bald truth. I told him I wanted his heart. He said he warned me about the court.

But I warned him, too.

 

 

Meet Sara Wolf

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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6 Thoughts on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

  1. This actually sounds like a pretty neat story. Hugs…RO

  2. Oh that sounds like an interesting story and I do like the cover.

  3. Oooh… This sounds interesting! I’d love to see how it turns out after the warnings they gave one another!
    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  4. Have you read this one Kristen? I thought it sounded really good but have seen mixed reviews.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  5. I’ve seen a couple of mixed reviews for this book but I still think it sounds like something that would interest me. Thanks for the sneak peek!

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