Review: Blade of Secrets - Tricia Levenseller

A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she's ever made.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims' secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world's known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.

“You’re not awkward. Only you think you’re awkward. As for not liking people, that’s fine. I don’t really like people, either. Maybe we could not like people together.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

I feel so...seen... by this book. The social anxiety rep is so well done, realistic, and uncomfortable at times.

The pacing was a bit slow for the first 30-40% for me, but it did pick up after that. I know that it’s probably a me thing (in that I just recently finished reading a super dramatic paranormal reverse harem), rather than a book thing, but I did want to point it out.

The world building was a bit light-handed, but I don't think it detracted from the story at all. I just would have preferred some more details in some areas I think. The mythology of the Sisters as the divine being was an interesting take on the “typical” divine entities that are usually in fantasy.

I absolutely loved the banter and relationships between all 4 main characters. The relationship between Temra and Ziva, the relationship between Temra and Petrik, Kellyn and Temra, Kellyn and Petrik, and Kellyn and Ziva. All of them were so unique and so fun to read about. Whether platonic or romantic, the banter was engaging, realistic, and entertaining.

“They were about to kill the scholar. I felt sorry for the man.” “Right.”

The growth we get to see just in the span of this one book for all 4 characters is amazing. I really loved that Tricia didn’t try to “cure” Ziva of her anxiety. Yes, she grew into herself some more, but her anxiety was still there, and I appreciated that.

The plot and premise of this book is so fun! I love the magic weapons, adventures, and the love between the sisters. It really balanced all of these elements so well, without really letting any of them get lost in the shuffle.

There’s some really well done plot-twists in this one. Tricia has you all ready to go thinking one thing and then yanks the rug out! They were never ones I saw coming either. I knew something was going to happen, but the things that ended up going down were not what I was expecting at all!

The ending…. This book does end in a rather nasty cliffhanger, but that’s all I will say about it. It made me big sad. If you don’t like cliffhangers, I’d suggest waiting for the next book to come out.

I can't wait for the second book in this duology! I need to know what happens!

Overall, this book was soooo good! It’s not my normal cup of tea, as it is more YA, but I loved it so much!

Check this book out if you love:

-Magical weapons


-Banter (you're getting not one, but two romances out of this book!)


-Unlikely (and occasionally unwilling) heroes

-An unbreakable bond between sisters

-A really mean cliffhanger

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Thanks for reading! I hope you love the book! Let me know your thoughts :)

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