I ended up rereading The Blacksmith Queen before reading The Princess Knight. I would say that it is necessary to read the first book to understand the world and events of The Princess Knight. It was great to go from Keeley’s POV of Gemma to Gemma’s in this story. Gemma’s motivation for why she became a warrior monk is landed out far better in this book. The Princess Knight isn’t for the faint of heart. It is bloody and rough and everything you’d expect from a fantasy medievalesque story. There is death, betrayal, religious fanaticism. However, in the midst of all that, there is humor, family, and love. Gemma is very much like her older sister, Keeley, which is why they butt heads so often. She is fiercely loyal and devoted and protective. She is also bent on revenge against Beatrix and it is up to Quinn, the funny and irrelevant and crazy centaur, to curb her impulses. Gemma and Quinn end up on multiple journeys in this story, that take them deep into dangerous territory where they need to depend on each other. While there is a bit of a slow burn between the two, the attraction is clearly there and simmering. Once they finally act on it, how perfect Quinn and Gemma are for each other is so clear. This book is the perfect distraction from the real world. The characters are over the top and completely out there and yet so loyal and loving. G.A. Aiken especially excels at writing sibling relationships, ones with crazy fights and conflicts and yet undying loyal running underneath. The Princess Knight was an excellent contribution to this world and I found myself anxiously awaiting the next installment!