Overall Rating: LOVED it! ♥️
I read the first book in the Queens of Renthia series, The Queen of Blood, last month and knew just a few pages in that I was going to be ordering the rest of the series. I’m happy to report that the second book was even more suspenseful than the first!
Please note – the synopsis section of this post may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first book.
Following the bloodshed and destruction that Queen Fara left behind, Queen Dalenia has been able to provide her kingdom with exactly what they needed, peace. But the new queen is keeping a secret from her people, one that threatens harmony she’s worked so hard to maintain – she’s dying. With no heir in place and an unprepared pool of recruits to choose from, the Queen’s champions are straining to find an adequate candidate.
As Queen Dalenia’s blackouts become longer and more frequent, champion Ven decides to look where others will not, the villages. It’s here that he finds a recruit with such impressive power it’s never been seen before in someone who’s untrained. Except this candidate is different. Naelin is a bit older and a mother, but most surprisingly – she wants nothing to do with her power or being queen.
If you read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, you will not be disappointed with the second.
The Reluctant Queen had me biting my nails from the first few chapters and only grew more and more suspenseful as the story went on. In the second book, character development continues to be a strong point. We learn more about characters we were previously introduced to, unveiling secrets and exposing some surprising information including a follow-up on Mercot that ties up all the loose ends that were left with her in the first book. Also introduced is a new form of magic outside of charms and an affinity for spirits – potions, an addition that adds an entirely new storyline and anticipation to the novel.
Just as we think we have our happy ending, the afterword presents us with a cliffhanger that will leave you both nervous and excited to begin its final installment. – That’s all I will share about the ending.
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