It has been less than a month since I shared my review of the first book in the Fate of Crowns series. This this is the second instalment of the series which I received as an ARC from NetGalley. I did rush my way through this book having thoroughly enjoyed the first one and this book is just as immersive.
I don’t want to share too such as this book starts at the ending of The Fate of Crowns, and we follow Winter as she sees the consequences of her actions and is faced with the truth of others who believe that they are better than others.
In this book we see Winter confronted with the consequences of her decisions in the previous book. These consequences allow us to see that Winter has grown since the previous book, becoming more level-headed and sympathetic to those around her.
Winter also seems to realise that sacrifice for either survival or her home is required as a ruler, and previously she did not see this as important. We get to see the impact that her experiences are having on her and how they are shaping her into a future ruler.
The world building is immersive and the building of tension is clear making the book difficult to put down. As I said in my review of Fate of Crowns, I am not a massive fan of first person writing and some of the events in this book showcase the reason why. I still don’t feel like I understand much of the magic system, which appears really interesting which is why I wish I knew more.
Despite the small bits that I noticed while I read the book, it was still a very enjoyable read and I am really looking forward to the final instalment of the series which is likely to be released in May.
The book addresses a number of themes the first of which of which I am going to share is good vs bad. I tend to read a lot of ‘the chosen one trope’ which has clear lines of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ allowing the readers to know who they should be rooting for early on. This book explores the theme in a way that relates more to real life, where there is a lot of grey. In the first book Winter started questioning if the rumours of her fathers enemies being good and full of light were true, we see in this book that these rumours of goodness are only rumours, and much like in her kingdom they are more grey than initially thought which is much more relatable to real life, as people aren’t inherently good or bad, it is there actions that influence this.
I could tell that this book was book two in a trilogy, there was less description in this book for the world building in comparison to the previous book, and there was a strong set up for the third book in the series. There was set up for the next book which I am certainly looking forward to.
I am giving this book a strong 4 out of five and I am looking forward to the next book by Rebecca L Garcia.