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  • Demands a lot but is equally rewararding

    Kingsbane is an intricate, complex story set in a detailed world. It demands a lot from the reader but is equally rewarding. It is emotionally involving and often devastating. There is some ambiguity and uncertainty with both the “good” guys and the “bad” guys being capable of great brutality and deception. Even at the end of this second book I’m not completely sure that I know which side is good and which is evil. From the very first chapter of book one in this series, Furyborn, we know that Rielle is going to turn evil and destroy the world. Seeing her as a fairly innocent teen it was hard to imagine how this was possible. Through the first book we began to see glimmers of the mad queen but this comes to a head in Kingsbane. Piece by piece we witness her descent into evil and madness and by the time she throws in completely with the angels it makes perfect sense for her character. Her arrogance and megalomania grow in line with her power and by the time she goes full on mad queen it is no surprise. I even felt a little bit sad for her as everyone she cares about turns their back on her due to her inability to control her great power and anger which leads her to horrific behaviour. Her eventual “snapping” is completely understandable. Awful and disappointing but understandable. Similar to in Furyborn the perspective shifts with each chapter, mostly between Rielle and Eliana, who are separated by 1000 years. While I didn’t find this confusing at all in book one I was ill while reading much of Kingsbane and I found it difficult to follow and keep the two story lines straight, especially after they begin to cross over . Once I was recovered it was not a problem. This was a case of “it’s me not you” and I don’t think that this is an issue with the book itself but be aware that this is two complex stories in one and you need to be on your mental game. The end of Kingsbane is a serious cliff-hanger for both story lines. Eliana’s story had a particularly cruel end and it will be excruciating to wait for the next book. I think I know what happened to cause this huge, terrible ending and I don’t know if it can be redeemed or reversed but I’m sure hoping it can! This whole time travel aspect has blown my mind and apparently the “butterfly effect” is seriously powerful. I’m hoping it can be harnessed for good in the next book. It’s going to be a long, painful wait! Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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