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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
The Emperor is using all his power to prevent witches from exercising their talents and life is becoming much more dangerous for Elissa and the others who are trying to prevent the loss of magic in the world in Heart of Tyr by Susan Faw. In Book Two of the Heart of the Citadel series, Elissa, her dragon, Mysty, and the djinn, Druzy, are battling against new forces the emperor has unleashed to track and eliminate the witches. Even with the help of others with magical abilities and the ancient witches of Castle Ionia, the struggle becomes desperate. The barriers that separate the lands of Gaia must be removed for the witches to have any hope of confronting the Emperor. With their heart pendants, they can perform some amazing spells, but the Emperor has spies all over. Elissa and her friends try their hardest to fight, but will their efforts be enough when such strong forces oppose them at every turn?
As Book Two of the Heart of the Citadel series, The Heart of Tyr continues the quest of Elissa as she grows into her powers as a witch. Reading Book One, Heart of Destiny, may help readers make more sense of what is going on, but Susan Faw does a reasonably good job of moving the story line along without too much background. I liked the portrayal of the connection between the triad members and the way the author depicted Aymee and her struggles. Great action, diverse characters and intense emotional engagement keep you wondering what will happen next and how it will all work out. Read them both and you will have the perfect set-up for the next volume where the question of who will win should be answered. Good story!