The Queen Will Betray You (Kingdoms of Sand & Sky, #2) by Sarah Henning

Author: Sarah Henning

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 352

Source: NetGalley / Tor Teen

Released: July 6, 2021

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo Canada | Book Depository

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The breathtaking sequel to The Princess Will Save You in the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky duology — a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess Bride

To stay together forever, Princess Amarande and her stableboy love, Luca, must part: Amarande to reclaim her kingdom from usurpers, and Luca to raise a rebellion and find his destiny. Arrayed against them are all the players in the game of thrones for control over the continent of The Sand and Sky. Facing unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds, their only hope is the power of true love… –Goodreads

Thank you so much to Tor Teen for providing me with an E-ARC of The Queen Will Betray You. Thank you for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

This review is hard for me to write. I do not hate this book, but neither do I love it. It is more along the lines of this wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m sad that this book didn’t jibe with me.

As far as YA Fantasy books go, this book is a great addition to the genre. Henning does a wonderful job at bringing the world of the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky to life. She does an excellent job at weaving all the story and plot lines together.

One of my favourite things about this series is Ama’s & Luca’s love. I like that, for Amarande, there is only one person she truly loves. As readers, we don’t have to worry whether Luca is an end-game or not. They are so devoted to one another that it is cute. Their pure devotion for one another makes me root for them as characters.

I love all the side characters!! I also enjoyed getting to know the new characters. Likewise, I’m still not a big fan of Amarande’s council (haha). I also appreciated seeing more of Taillefer’s personality.

The characters, I felt, talked more about the action than there being a lot of action in this book. Therefore, I felt, for me, this story was slow in pace. Also, while multiple POVs made sense for this story, I wasn’t a big fan of them.

The main reason I gave this novel three stars was the ending. I wasn’t a big fan of what happened at the end of The Queen Will Betray You. I will not spoil anything, but I felt one character got a short straw in character development.

Overall, I’m curious to see how book three will wrap this series. I love the characters, the romance and the world-building. The author does a great job at weaving all the storylines together. If you’re a fan of book one, then I recommend picking up this book.

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