Content Warnings: Blood and gore, murder, suicide, infidelity, elder abuse, death of a loved one, ableism, discussion of sexually assaulting a child, suicidal thoughts, and war themes.
Please don’t read this review if you haven’t read book one as some book one spoilers are necessary to discuss book two.
Much like book one, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, I had no idea what kind of journey we’d experience in book two. There were many twists and turns that had me reeling including the ending. Already deeply invested in Tali’s journey I raced through this book that had me feeling all sorts of emotions.
We pick up immediately after book one ends as Tali is trying to catch up with her husband, Rayyel, to stop him from further endangering their son. With a husband whose stubbornness, and family issues, rival her own she’s desperate to do whatever it takes to prevent all-out war and ensure her son’s safety. With more secrets coming to light it’s getting harder for the Queen to know who she can, and can’t, trust as she tries desperately to return to her kingdom.
Like many fantasy stories, there’s never a simple path from point A to point B. We are taken on a journey that has Tali traveling all over trying to gather information and hoping to gather allies as she’s forced to slowly navigate her way back home.
This book is full of assassination attempts, political manipulations, unearthed secrets, sacrifice, betrayal and so much more.