Vows & Ruins: Helen Scheuerer *Review*

Cover image of Vows & Ruins by Helen Scheuerer is in the centre of an image of a mountain sunset, with a close up of white flowers. Added text: Thea's racing against time to become a legend...

Genres: Epic Romantic Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy | Release Date: 21 September 2023 | Series: The Legends of Thezmarr | Series Book: #2 | Indie Author | Review

“I knew you’d be my ruin.”

Helen Scheuerer


When I tell you Vows & Ruins by indie author Helen Scheuerer is the best romantic fantasy I’ve read this year, you’re probably going to think I’m rather biased. Because, as we all know, Helen’s one of my favourite authors of all time. But when she manages to keep delivering epic stories like this? How could I not be absolutely spellbound by this second instalment in The Legends of Thezmarr series! But before I give you the details on why pre-ordering Vows & Ruins is as essential as breathing, let’s give you an overview…

Thea has finally become a warrior of Thezmarr, something she’s longed for her entire life. But the Great Rite awaits, and her newfound magic is growing stronger every day. If Thea is to navigate this new path, she’ll need to lean on Wilder in ways they never expected. With dark forces growing in number, and the Daughter of Darkness making her wishes known, can Althea survive what lies ahead? Because the choice is simple: fight or die. As the realm fractures, will Wilder’s secrets also tear them apart? Can magic save them, if Thea can’t even control the lightning at her fingertips? What happens if the darkness consumes everything Thea holds dear?

Cover image of Vows & Ruins by Helen Scheuerer is to the bottom left of an image of a foggy forest. Added text: Wilder is hiding secrets from Thea...What price will he pay, when the truth comes to light?
Vows & Ruins is an epic tale of heartache and danger… But that’s exactly why I love it!

Happiness Boost:

Vows & Ruins has taken our beloved tropes from the first book (Blood & Steel) and elevated them to heights we haven’t seen before. This found family doesn’t know the meaning of ‘going it alone’, and through thick and thin, they stand by Thea. And what about our brooding hero, Wilder, Althea’s troubled mentor and forbidden love? Brace yourselves, bookworms. Because if you thought it was good in book one? The beating heart within this second instalment will steal your breath away. Thea and Wilder’s journey is one filled with secrets and darkness, and I am *aching* to know what happens next.

If you have ever been desperate for a tale which will make you careen from one emotion to the next? A story which can give you quiet moments of the sweetest banter, while threatening to pulverise your heart in the next? Glitterbugs. This epic romantic fantasy is like no other. It’s really not. Helen’s Vows & Ruins stands on its own, a unique addition in the treasure trove of the greatest stories you’ll ever read. I’m telling you right now, if I could sign my soul over to Helen, to keep getting books like this? I’d do it in a heartbeat.

With Vows & Ruins, we are reminded of the cost of war. The toll it must take on someone, to define who is human or monster. Carefully, delicately, Helen has weaved a fantasy which forces the reader to see things as more than just black and white. This story reveals, piece by piece, how humans can become monsters, without changing appearance. And with an unstoppable, relentless darkness looming in the war, is there any wonder I live for Helen’s writing?!


Seriously? There is *no* downside for this bookworm!

Final Thoughts:

Vows & Ruins by indie author Helen Scheuerer is an epic romantic fantasy which will steal your heart, your mind, and your soul. I said what I said. This jewel of a story absolutely shines, and if you want a tale featuring forbidden love, found family and a war which could break the entire realm? Vows & Ruins is for you. Love what you’ve heard from my review? Click on the link below to pre-order this amazing second instalment in The Legends of Thezmarr series! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can pre-order Vows & Ruins via this link: Amazon

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