The Ashes & the Star-Cursed King

Bramble. (Crowns of Nyaxia, Bk. 2). Jun. 2024. 608p. ISBN 9781250343154. $29.99. FANTASY
Raihn is now the king of the House of Night, at the cost of allying himself with the Bloodborn. Oraya is forced to wed Raihn, who betrayed her, and also discovers that her father kept many secrets, including the secret of Oraya’s real identity. Oraya escapes to the human district to once again hunt vampires who would kill humans, only to find that all is safe thanks to Raihn. Yet it is only a matter of time before the Bloodborn turn on Raihn or the Rishan nobels who remember Raihn as enslaved, revolt against him. Since Oraya is now Raihn’s queen, the two must work together to defeat their enemies, but that means cooperation between Rishan and Hiaj vampires for the first time. Oraya will have to decide who to trust and find what her father hid from her, before her dream of making the world a better place turns to ash.
VERDICT Broadbent (The Serpent and the Wings of Night) ratchets up the action, treachery, and romance in the second installment of the “Crowns of Nyaxia” series. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Yarros’s romantasy or those who enjoyed K.A. Tucker’s “Fate & Flame” series.
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