King of the Rising

Orbit. (Islands of Blood and Storm, Bk. 2). Dec. 2020. 480p. ISBN 9780316454940. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
Former slave Loren Jannik was kept under the thumb of his Fjern father and brother for all his life, but now revolution has begun to topple the islands of Hans Lollik. Chosen to lead the rebels, Loren is faced with a group that is running out of food and supplies, and divided by others that want results and decisions. Torn between his devotion to his people and his own doubts, he still lets the imprisoned Sigourney Rose live. They are tied together by their past roles and the power they both have to be inside others’ heads. Led by characters that have their own agendas, this story goes in directions that may surprise readers, but the emotional impact will linger. Graphic action and violence; flawed protagonists; and a stark, storm-filled setting all combine into a riveting read.
VERDICT The second half of this duology (after The Queen of the Conquered) is a powerful look at colonialism, oppression, and rebellion, and all that it can cost the individuals involved.
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