Awakening to find herself trapped in a strange tower, Izaveta knows she must find her way back to the Tóurensi palace and claim the throne. But even with an unexpected ally’s help, she worries she might not be able to get news of her survival to her sister and escape this frozen land.
Back at home, Asya enlists Nikov’s help to prove Izaveta is still alive, even as she finds herself forced to navigate the political world she always sought to avoid to save her queendom, her loved ones, and herself.
But as the sisters work independently to reunite, a dangerous force lies in wait, trying to regain power in order to overthrow the monarchy…
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(3 / 5) I adored book one, These Feathered Flames. It was unique and fun and the writing grabbed me right away.
I struggled a bit with this one. I was excited for the continuation of the story (what a cliffhanger!) but it never quite grabbed me.
For quite some time I didn’t fully understand what was happening in the story. It slowly came together and I did not care for the fact that the sisters were separated. The strongest points in book 1 came from their relationship and I missed that aspect. While the political intrigue and more was high, my attention remained low.
Duologies are tough! If book 1 is fabulous, the expectation is just as high for book 2. Very few series can hold that and keep it from falling. This was a solid book 2 but I wish there was a book 3 to redeem itself.
General content summary: Little to no language, bodies are found (multiple bodies, multiple times, some details), captivity, sedatives regularly given without permission, death by magic (multiple, descriptions of bodies), torture (1x, some details), physical violence (weapons, injuries, multiple, deaths), beheading (few details), choking someone, small and mild f/f romance, a finger cut off, dark magic (multiple), battle, death (weapon, some details), grief, blood magic, attempted suicide (some details), m/f kiss, f/f kiss, fire (magic, many harmed or killed), magical death.
Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for the gifted copy!
The book releases December 6, 2022.
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