Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, 544 pages
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
I liked this sequel and the ending was satisfying and sweet (albeit sad), but I didn't love it. Wil and Tobiah spend a lot of time apart, and the pacing felt really slow to me.
I did think the character growth was important, especially for Wil, who has to figure out what kind of queen she wants to be, and how she has to take responsibility for her actions. I just thought the wraith boy had a lot more potential to be a bigger part of the story, especially as he evolved.
And there's one twist that I sort of saw coming, but it was rather convenient that Wil forgot something that happened in her past. Um…what? How did you forget that? I know that's vague but I don't want to spoil anything.
I have to say, though, Tobiah's list…that is worth a star (ok, 5 stars) by itself. Definitely recommend the series and it's so nice that it's a duology. More of these please!
Posted by: Pam