The Shadow Throne, by Django Wexler


Extraordinary second book in this “flintlock fantasy” trilogy. In the city of Vordan, the king lies on his deathbed and the princess, widely seen as a figurehead, is in disguise in the city, gathering a rebellion before the Last Duke, head of the evil Concordat, can take over after her father’s death. We do get to see many of our favorite characters from the first novel, some finding different roles in the wake of the victory in Khandar. We get some of the spooky magic that is distinct to this world. We get to see some of the battle scenes that Wexler writes so brilliantly. And we get several, distinct strong female leads, exceptional in a book by a male fantasy author. A wonderful read, okay for 16 and up due to violence and threat of torture.

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