I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
Series: Wilderwood #2
Published by Orbit on June 7, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
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In this breathtaking sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller For the Wolf, Red's sister Neve struggles to escape a mysterious land of twisted roots, lost gods, and mountains made of bone--and the only clues to her rescue are a magic mirror and a dark prince who wants to bring the whole thing crumbling down.
The First Daughter is for the Throne
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf...
Red and the Wolf have finally contained the threat of the Old Kings but at a steep cost. Red's beloved sister Neve, the First Daughter is lost in the Shadowlands, an inverted kingdom where the vicious gods of legend have been trapped for centuries and the Old Kings have slowly been gaining control. But Neve has an ally, though it's one she'd rather never have to speak to again: the rogue king Solmir.
Solmir wants to bring an end to the Shadowlands and he believes helping Neve may be the key to its destruction. But to do that, they will both have to journey across a dangerous landscape in order to find a mysterious Heart Tree, and finally to claim the gods' dark, twisted powers for themselves.
I enjoyed this second book in the Wilderwood duology. You really need to read For the Wolf before picking this one up to understand exactly what is going on with these characters. This book picks up right after the events from the first book. Neve is in the Shadowlands while Red is in the Wilderwood and desperate to bring her back. Both sisters will risk everything to save each other and make the world whole again.
Neve is in the Shadowlands which are as unfamiliar to her as the Wilderwood was to Red in the first book. She is not alone though since the former king Solmir is with her every step of the way. As they work to find the Heart Tree, they will encounter one challenge after the next and Neve isn’t sure how much she should really trust the former king. Red is willing to do anything to bring her sister back and her husband Eammon fears losing her. Before everything is over, both sisters and those they care about will face more than their share of danger.
I thought that the world-building in this book was incredibly well done and I enjoyed going on this journey with both sisters. I found this story to be really exciting with more than a few surprises along the way. I liked seeing both sisters grow over the course of the duology. I thought that the relationships in the series felt authentic and I liked seeing how they developed over the course of both books.
I would recommend this series to others. I found it to be an incredibly well-written and imaginative story set in a vivid world. I really liked the characters and was invested in how things would work out for them. I do hope to read more of this author’s work in the future.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Orbit Books via NetGalley.