just finished reading

The sequel did not disappoint! This book had more fantasy elements than the first book, but they were woven into the narrative well, it was a progression not an abrupt shift. This is a darker, more challenging read than the first. Although this book gives more insight into the dystopian 21st Century USA, I still have questions. Hopefully the third book will it up. I couldn't put it down!

From the publisher:
Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.

However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right - stopping a vile trade in humankind - Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen's armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.

Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea's own soul. But time is running out...

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