For the Throne

Orbit. (The Wilderwood, Bk. 2). Jun. 2022. 496p. ISBN 9780316592819. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
In this epic-fantasy sequel to For the Wolf, Queen Neve of Valleyda is trapped in the Shadowlands and forced to rely on Solmir, the rogue king who tricked her and nearly killed her sister. Even knowing Solmir’s quest to kill the immortal Old Kings trapped in the Shadowlands with them, Neve finds herself drawn to him, and also to the dark power she feels growing inside her. Back in Valleyda, Neve’s other sister Red, Red’s husband, and her friends try to find ways to free Neve from the Shadowlands. With subversive forces on both sides fighting for their share of power, these siblings will make a choice that will either save their home and loved ones—or completely destroy them. Whitten’s prose is captivating, and the sisters’ stories take center stage even as other characters take their turns in chapter perspectives.
VERDICT This lush feminist world may draw inspiration from European fairy tales, but the magic, politics, and relationships are firmly rooted in adult reading. Fans of Naomi Novik and Alix Harrow will enjoy this duology.
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