Elayne Audrey Becker
The thrilling follow-up to Elayne Audrey Becker’s debut YA epic fantasy, Forestborn, full of forest magic and a kingdom on the brink of war.
With the assassination of Telyan’s king, the time for peace has passed.
Determined to make up for his failure to procure the stardust, Helos finds work as a healer at Fendolyn’s Keep, the military garrison to which Telyan’s exiled royals–and half its civilians–have fled. Racing against the Fallow Throes’ ticking clock, he endeavors to repair his relationship with Prince Finley and fight off the gathering shadows in his head, as the base around him prepares for war.
Half a continent away, his sister Rora is doing everything she can to reawaken the land and end Eradain’s slaughter of magical beings. Still reeling from the revelation that Eradain’s violent monarch is her half-brother, she journeys to the kingdom determined to infiltrate his court in disguise–and finds the seeds of rebellion are already stirring.
With a magical illness running rampant and the continent arming for battle, the three realms’ long-feared destruction seems inevitable. But the two shifters they believed would bring about Alemara’s ruin may in fact hold the key to its survival.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(4 / 5) Book 1 was a favorite for me last year! I loved it for the original story and the well developed characters. In this book we hear both the sibling’s POV which just accentuates the relationship between them and their sibling bond. It was done so well. The threat of war from King Johl is looming and both are doing their part to prepare or limit that possibility. Helos is preparing in the city and Rora is on a mission for more information.
Both are put in positions where they grow and achieve and it’s great to see them in these roles. They are apart for quite a bit of the book but each POV is done well with information building to that great ending. The romantic relationships were satisfying and sweet and done very well.
King Johl was the perfect villain! He was easy to hate because of his actions but throwing in the connection to Helos and Rora was brilliant and added that extra element of intrigue.
The story was well done and I can’t wait to get my hands on more books from Becker!
General content summary: none/minimal language, a throat is slit, physical violence (multiple), venomous bats attack and kill, corpse descriptions, m/m marriage, many animals attack and kill people, death and blood by arrow, battle injuries (some description, multiple), alcohol (drunk), kisses, heads on pikes, screams from torture, injuries from torture, m/m kissing (multiple), poison, physical scars from torture, m/m intimacy (vague), m/f sleeping in same bed (kissing), prejudice, genocide.
Thank you to Tor Teen for the gifted copy!
The book releases August 30, 2022.
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