Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.
Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.
And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…
The pacing felt a bit off for me I just wasn’t sure what I even wanted from the story. I felt that Jude came into her own self but also was continuously floundering. The book just needed to be longer I think? More flushed out? There was just something missing.
I was hoping to enjoy this book more than Wicked King but they both ended up just plateauing for me. I’ll still read anything Holly Black writes in the future but this series just wasn’t enough for me.
Usually I do spolier free reviews but I need to mention this spolier because it bothered me. Carden really should’ve stayed in snake format. Does anyone else agree? Haha.
Thank you Indigo for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.