A Shadow Crown

Union Square. (Halfling Saga, Bk. 2). May 2023. 480p. ISBN 9781454947899. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Picking up where A Broken Blade left off, Keera, who was forced to become a royal spy and assassin, finds herself having to adjust to new directions in the plot to overthrow the monarchy. This twist has shaken her fragile trust in the fae Riven and has led to her joining Prince Killian in the Faelands. Her time there provides some delightful respite as the story details the fascinating city of Myrelinth with its magical tree dwellings and portals, along with a satisfying romantic interlude, but even here there is danger, since someone in their midst is a traitor. Ultimately, though, learning more about her origins and healing abilities does not prepare Keera for what she will face at the king’s palace.
VERDICT While still full of action and intrigue, Blair’s fantastic second book in the gripping “Halfling Saga” gives space for more introspection as Keera searches for answers about her family and her magical abilities and realizes that she’ll need to rely on others to achieve freedom for herself and all of the Halflings.
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