Review: The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I was gifted an advance copy of The War of Two Queens by the Gods (thanks Malissa and Jennifer!)

One of the terms of keeping my fancy membership card is to not spoil things. So this review will not have spoilers! If you want to discuss once you’ve finished, slide into my DMs!

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Spice Rating: 🌶🌶.5 / 5

Short Version

This was amazing! My favorite one of the series yet. The characters really grew, the plot arc is finally starting to reveal itself it its entirety, and I am just such a fan! I do highly highly recommend reading ASITE before diving into this one. Publication order is there for a reason. Use it. Embrace it.

Long Version

This book is loooooong. But it was so enjoyable. This had the best pacing of all the books so far and was consistently pulling me along and kept me engaged.

The characters all start to blossom, but especially Poppy. Kieran steps up and his character gets fleshed out much more as well, and their relationship is truly a delight to read. Our side characters are also growing, their own unique personalities emerging and making it a hell of a lot easier to keep track of them all!

I love fantasy. I love the complexities of diving into a completely made up world. And I love JLA books. But this was just a lot to keep straight. The mythology and the background, the general layout of the world, all of it is so complex and interwoven – which is amazing, don’t get me wrong – but my lizard brain was not having a good time and I ended up with scribbles on a napkin trying to keep things straight. Malissa, if you’re reading this, we want the Bible. Please.

Holy hot stuff batman. I love how Jennifer writes her spicy scenes, and this book was no different. DELICIOUS. But I am calling you a chicken. And that is all.

The ending was superb and I truly, genuinely think this is the best book of the series so far.

Again, I highly, highly encourage you to read ASITE before diving into this one. Is it necessary? No, it’s not. But it will greatly help you understand the flow of things, why things are happening a certain way, and how the stories will eventually intertwine. (Oh you didn’t know they intertwined? You need to join JLA’s Facebook group. We get all the goodies) Yes, Sera and Nyktos’ books will eventually cross over into Poppy and Cas’ books.

Read the books in publication order.

Need a refresher?

Check out the order, and my reviews of each, below:

  1. From Blood and Ash

  2. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

  3. The Crown of Gilded Bones

  4. A Shadow in the Ember

Thank you as always for reading my rambling! See below for the book details and purchase links and all that jazz!

 

The War of Two Queens (Blood & Ash Book 4)

From the desperation of golden crowns…

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh…

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way—because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises…

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear—to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be—what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction.

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