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The Queen of Crows

Tor.com. (Sacred Throne, Bk. 2). Oct. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780765395979. $18.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765395962. FANTASY
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Heloise has defeated the devil in her village at the cost of losing the girl she loved and her own right hand, as well as jeopardizing the safety of the villagers. She takes up the mantle of Palantine in the newly designed war machine she drives to rise up against the Order, the violent religious group that has harangued Heloise and her family. A defeat introduces them to the Traveling People, a clan of matriarchal magical users Heloise tries to convince to become allies. Despite confronting resistance, clashes, and betrayal, Heloise's belief stays strong: overthrow the Order and free her people.
VERDICT Brutal and poignant, this grimdark fantasy follows up The Armored Saint, evoking the growth of a young woman against a bitter world, facing down those who idolize and scorn her. The journey will keep readers enthralled until the end.

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