I gave this book 4.5 stars. This book was magical. I had a horrible migraine the morning I finished this book and just could not sleep it off. This book distracted me from the pain of existing. It’s enough to keep you completely distracted from everything else around you.
This book follows two queens, The Queen of Blood and the Queen of Light (or the Sun Queen). Right from the start, it was sort of obvious which queen was which just from reading the Prologue, but I don’t actually know if it was supposed to be a surprise, so I just won’t say.
We know right from the start Rielle doesn’t exactly have a happy ending to her story, but I couldn’t help but hope for the best for her and Audric every time I read about them. Rielle has some aspects that are definitely a bit super-villainy, but I just don’t think she’s that bad of a person.
As for Eliana, she has been raised to look out for number one, her and her family. She sells out to the Empire to try and protect them, a lot of the times selling out her morals for said protection. I really felt for her. I obviously didn’t agree with a lot of things she did, but the intention was there.
There was a part in this book where I finally started to make connections and I was so mad at myself for not realizing it sooner. It all comes back to Simon. Simon. Simon. Simon. Remember his name when you read this book. I was shooketh.
Overall, a phenomenal fantasy novel and I couldn’t recommend it to you enough.