23 Dec 2022

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: FOR THE THRONE by Hannah F. Whitten

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Author: Hannah F. Whitten
Series: Wilderwood #2
Source: Audio via Audiobooks.com
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: June 9, 2022

The First Daughter is for the Throne
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf...

Red and the Wolf have finally contained the threat of the Old Kings but at a steep cost. Red's beloved sister Neve, the First Daughter is lost in the Shadowlands, an inverted kingdom where the vicious gods of legend have been trapped for centuries and the Old Kings have slowly been gaining control. But Neve has an ally--though it's one she'd rather never have to speak to again--the rogue king Solmir.

Solmir wants to bring an end to the Shadowlands and he believes helping Neve may be the key to its destruction. But to do that, they will both have to journey across a dangerous landscape in order to find a mysterious Heart Tree, and finally to claim the gods' dark, twisted powers for themselves.

Content Warningsblood, gore, general violence, mutilation, moderate sexual content, parental neglect and abuse (off screen but discussed), religious trauma and abuse, giant insects.

This picks up where For The Wolf finishes, so I am glad I basically read these back-to-back. When I started, I thought it was a little weird to have this be a duology since we so heavily focused on Red in the last book. But as time went on, I was glad we got more story and more in this world. While this world isn't the most creative or original, there was a lot of really interesting components to the magic and setting that I enjoyed reading about.

I loved seeing more of Neve and having her become her own character and person. I thought the relationships in this novel were exceptionally done - everyone had good motivations and reasons for helping or hindering others.

There is a lot more angst in this and less romance and moments because of how much was at stake. At the heart of this novel was the relationship between Red and Neve - and their bond as sisters. I really enjoyed it and thought that the audiobook made it even better.

I highly recommend this duology if you're a fan of Beauty and the Beast but want more magic and darkness.

Have you read this book? What was your favourite part?

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