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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and G. P. Putnam’s Sons for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

I’m going to die. Also: My aunts are going to kill me.

Oh my gosh. Shadow cracked me up so freaking much! I feel like she was the reason why I was hooked on this book, although I didn’t even meet her until the first chapter.

Yes, there’s a little bit of back history on what happened before the events of this novel, and then a prologue as well to explain what exactly would be the Queen’s Assassin. I know I was curious until the prologue explained it and then I was like “well duh that makes sense.” So anyway.

But yeah I was really happy to read something from de la Cruz again, and I’m actually regretting that I hadn’t been keeping up with her work before this. I’ll have to go back and see some other novels from her. And honestly we all know that I’m not good at keeping up with series in general… *ahem* so we’ll have to see how long it would take me to even finish all of her series.

BUT ANYWAY. I’m sorry I keep going off on a tangent.

I really enjoyed this world that de la Cruz created, and I feel like her writing grew up with me and I can see me reading more of these older YA novels from her the more the years go by. Wow, that just makes me feel so dramatic but seriously. I have always loved de la Cruz, and I’m just so thankful that I was able to get to read this novel.

Oh, and I loved Cal also. I mean, yeah sure the first time we meet him is under some *ahem* extenuating circumstances but I was actually super excited to meet him that way. I feel like he’s so… maybe honorable but also seems like he could do something pretty… I don’t even know how to describe it. Like he would do just about anything to protect his realm, even if it wasn’t something that was entirely “good”.

It’s alarming, really, how quickly nice people become ravenous, bloodthirsty.

Caledon Holt
I need the sequel to exist so I can take a year or something to read it and then see what happens next. Yes, I swear I’ll end up reading it because I love Shadow and Cal. Literally making my night while I’m writing this review. This may be another favorite duo that I need to add to my list.