Title – The Traitor Queen
Author – Danielle L Jensen
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre – (New Adult) Fantasy
Lara has only one thought when her husband is taken prisoner: I will do whatever it takes to set you free.
A queen now in exile as a traitor, Lara has watched Ithicana be conquered by her own father, helpless to do anything to stop the destruction. But when she learns her husband, Aren, has been captured in battle, Lara knows there is only one reason her father is keeping him alive: as bait for his traitorous daughter.
And it is bait she fully intends to take.
Risking her life to the Tempest Seas, Lara returns to Ithicana with a plan not only to free its king, but for liberating the Bridge Kingdom from her father’s clutches using his own weapons: the sisters whose lives she spared.
But as Lara and her companions formulate a plan to free Aren from her father’s palace, they soon discover that while it is easy to get in, it will be quite another thing to get Aren, and themselves, back out. Not only is the palace inescapable, there are more players in the game than Lara ever realized, enemies and allies switching sides in the fight for crowns, kingdoms, and bridges. But her greatest adversary of all might be the very man she’s trying to free – the husband she betrayed.
With everything she loves in jeopardy, Lara must decide who – and what – she is fighting for: her kingdom, her husband, or for herself.
First Thoughts ✨
The start of this book was so gritty and it showed how this second book would be more NA than YA. The in depth and creative torture techniques made me feel like I was reading Game of Thrones. I love that side to fantasy and I’m happy it was included because we got to feel Aren’s pain in those moments. I loved to see Lara’s perspective also, because it showed how hard she was working to undo the wrong she’d done.
The story in the sequel wasn’t as intricate as in the first book because so much of the world had been established in the first installment. However, I loved exploring the other parts of the world and the struggles our main characters faces seemed so real and really made you bond with them.
There was a lot of focus on the protagonists of the story, Lara and Aren throughout the book, but there was also a lot of new characters introduced like Lara’s sisters who were such a great team and worked so well together. I loved how we got to see more of Lara’s badass-ness. She really shown in this book.
Last Thoughts 💭
The ending wrapped up quite nicely and it felt like an end to the series, but I feel like more awaits Lara and Aren – so I’m hoping there will be more books in the future.
Final rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thank you Audible for a free copy!
Thank you for reading – Nick