With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.Writing
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
Consistent with the quality of the first book - I was thoroughly pleased with the efforts from the second book in the series. I think comparisons to the intrigue and drama of Game of Thrones continue to be deserved and I appreciate the continued intermingling of politics and court life with action and magic. I think the author does a great job of keeping her characters in order and blending characterization with plot in a way that keeps the story moving but also gives the reader an investment in more than just the story.
Lots to enjoy here if you're a fan of fantasy-based courtly intrigue. I think those who enjoyed Game of Thrones will find a lot to enjoy here, especially those who are looking for a little bit more empowerment for female characters.
I highly recommend this to fans of YA fantasy with a bit more focus on courtly intrigue and politics. It has more grit that some, so readers should be prepared for violence, including some sexual violence, and harsh language. I'm looking forward to the conclusion to the trilogy!
Thanks to TLC and the publisher, Harper Collins, for providing me with copies of the trilogy to review. Click here to see the other stops on the tour.