Series: The Kingdoms of Sand & Sky #2
by Sarah Henning
Published by Tom Doherty Associates
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Format: ARC, eBook
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The breathtaking sequel to Sarah Henning's The Princess Will Save You --a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess Bride.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CROWN...After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone’s plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more.
Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stable boy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love...
The Kingdoms of Sand & Sky Trilogy
Book 1: The Princess Will Save You
Book 2: The Queen Will Betray You
Book 3: The King Will Kill You
I’m finding it really hard to keep my last few reviews on the shorter side! I love the stories so much and I feel like if I don’t do a little bit of a recap, it takes away from my review.
In The Kingdoms of Sand & Sky series, sooooooo much happens. There are some books that are long but we don’t get a lot of content, that’s not the case here. There are so many moving parts, so many characters and their evolutions, so many secrets and betrayals, and flashbacks.
In the last book, we got two huge HUGE huge reveals at the end which left me reeling, needing to know what was going to happen.
One of the things that is revealed, is that King Sendoa DID believe in his daughter and had set things in place for her to rule without having to marry. That was one of the biggest blows that Amarande had after his death. She couldn’t believe that he did nothing to make sure that she could rule. This also had me pissed, if he really was that great of a king and trained his daughter to be independent WHY wouldn’t he do something to help that change come about?
Luca and Amarande fight tooth and nail to claim what is rightfully theirs and for their love. Along the way, morally grey characters turned into trusted allies, we get to know how an evil boy came to be the monster he is, that same boy starts to shed some of that evilness, someone who appeared to be an enemy turned out not to be, and the runaway Queen will forever be marked as a traitor.
We follow the same timeline but split locations. We also get some flashbacks that clear up some of the secrets that were revealed. The way that Luca and Amarande believe in each other and how they’re able to use what the king taught them is what leads to them getting the win they needed.
A lot of answers were given in book 2. More than I thought were needed but they make sense now. I liked that the ending, things slowed down a bit to really get into those events. The whole book didn’t feel rushed but with so much going on, it was a bit of a ping pong, back and forth. I liked that we didn’t get a huge reveal to end book 2 too. I can’t handle another cliffhanger! But the stage is definitely set for book 3 and it feels like crap is about to hit the fan…