Loyalty is everything to Olivia.
It's what kept her from escaping while she could and returning to rescue her sister. It's what kept her from escaping even after Lord Pitt captured them. It's what led her to search her captor's castle for the Holy Chalice.
And it might just be what gets her killed.
Olivia is a tough girl. But the author showed her to have real feelings, too. Still, her and Aldric's banter actually got just a bit annoying after chapters upon chapters of it. And a few paragraphs recapping events were inserted at strange points (um, we were in the middle of a battle here?). Speaking of battles, the author did a fantastic job of not treating death and battle lightly. Characters mourn and face consequences--even the "good guys."
A Loyal Heart is full of deep themes about--you guessed it--loyalty. What is true loyalty? When does loyalty cross into overprotectiveness? What if you're loyal to the wrong person? This book dives deep and makes you wonder about your own loyalties.
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