This was a book that I’ve had on my ‘must read’ list ever since finishing The Ikessar Falcon. Orbit was very sweet to me and sent me an ARC that I dived into almost immediately.
So thank you to the author, as well as Orbit for the review copy!
Queen Talyien is finally home, but dangers she never imagined await her in the shadowed halls of her father’s castle.
War is on the horizon. Her son has been stolen from her, her warlords despise her, and across the sea, a cursed prince threatens her nation with invasion in order to win her hand.
Worse yet, her father’s ancient secrets are dangerous enough to bring Jin Sayeng to ruin. Dark magic tears rifts in the sky, preparing to rain down madness, chaos, and the possibility of setting her nation aflame.
Bearing the brunt of the past and uncertain about her future, Talyien will need to decide between fleeing her shadows or embracing them before the whole world becomes an inferno.
I was queen: blessed, chosen, anointed. That I could get lonely, or make mistakes, or want something as simple as the kind of love they speak of in the stories—one fierce and true and unending—was unimaginable for people who live with suffering every day.
So, this is it. The End.
I’m obviously not going to spoil the end for you, so I’ll make this fairly brief: Talyien has gone through hell and back to try and save her nation from chaos, and the chaos has caught up with her and her companions. Now it’s time to use every shenanigan possible to avert disaster.
This book, like its predecessors was fantastically written, and left me with so many highlighted quotes that I had a very hard time choosing just the one for this review. Talyien has many thoughts about life in general, life as a queen, life as the daughter of a vicious warlord, and others. As we see this from her POV in the first person, we get a real good look into her mind. The POV does change once in this one, and the way (and time) it happens was a brilliant use of tense, in my opinion. We’ve seen the whole thing from Tali’s POV and suddenly it is not, for reasons (no, I’m not telling you the reasons but it’s probably not what you’re thinking).
This book broke my feels. But, not in any way that I didn’t ask for. I don’t cry for a lot of books, or media in general, but there were actual physical tears here. More than once, even. There were gasps, there were a couple out-loud exclamations that may, or may not have been in the middle of the night and may or may not have disturbed either a spouse or a dog. It was an intense read, but nonetheless a fantastic one that I will never forget.
All I’ve got to say about this book that won’t spoil any of the numerous twists, turns, ups, downs, and crazy revelations for you is: READ THE BOOK. THIS IS A BOOK AND YOU SHOULD READ IT – but, and this is very, very important: read the two before it first. 6/5 stars!~