Author: Claire Legrand
Page Count: 608
Synopsis: Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.
I usually save talking about the ending of a book until the end of my review, but this was so conflicting to me! I am so desperate for the next one to come out so that I can read what happens next. I feel so emotional and hurt by what happened with some of the characters, which means that I have a serious book hangover!
Even though I really loved the first book, I thought that the characterisation and narrative was much better in this. The story had picked up, and there wasn’t much need for world-building so there could be more focus on the characters and their journey. I loved reading about Rielle and her slow turn towards the dark side, whereas Eliana was trying to embrace her desire to help people.
It was so frustrating because you could see all the ways that Rielle was leaning towards becoming the Blood Queen, especially because as a reader we already know that that is the Queen she was destined to be, and you just wanted to tell her to stop. That’s what I liked about her arc though, you could really see that it is such a process to turn bad – was it just her nature and destiny or did every bad moment turn her that way?
I really liked the even pace throughout, for such a long book with heavy detail I was worried that I would be slightly bored – I really wasn’t though! Every chapter brought through a different twist and or shock ending, and I just wanted to keep reading and devour the whole thing.
I, of course, loved the fact that it is a story focused on two women because it felt like such an empowering feminist story. The story writing felt so sexy as well, especially with all of the intimate moments between love interests.
But honestly, what was not to love in this book! It had time travel, magic, immense world building, superb characterisation and great writing. There were also so many twists and turns to the story and I was so shocked at what happened to some of the characters.
The book was dark, sexy, exciting and thrilling all in one – I don’t think I could have loved it more if I tried.
“It’s unfair that you should have to bear so much.” “Me? Or women?”
“It is a great responsibility, to be trusted with another’s heart.”
“Now that I’ve known a life with you by my side, I’m not sure I could bear that kind of loneliness again.”