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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 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...


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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 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...

30 review for The Queen Will Betray You

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    ah! not me still attracted to luca on the cover. which is honestly the main reason i picked this up. lol. as with the first book, i still havent read/seen ‘the princess bride,’ so i cant make any comments as to how to this compares as a retelling/inspiration. but coming at this from strictly a YA perspective, this is still pretty good. not out of this world amazing, but definitely an improvement from ‘the princess will save you.’ this has everything you could want from a sequel. the expanded wor ah! not me still attracted to luca on the cover. which is honestly the main reason i picked this up. lol. as with the first book, i still havent read/seen ‘the princess bride,’ so i cant make any comments as to how to this compares as a retelling/inspiration. but coming at this from strictly a YA perspective, this is still pretty good. not out of this world amazing, but definitely an improvement from ‘the princess will save you.’ this has everything you could want from a sequel. the expanded world building allows for the story to become more political and nuance. there is a greater focus on characterisation, which luca totally deserved. and the pacing is fast with a very active plot. its all there, but again its nothing new to the genre, nothing i havent read before. so if you enjoyed the first book, then you will for sure enjoy this, because its very much the same, but a bit better. thank you macmillan/tor for the ARC! ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    AFTER THE ENDING OF THE FIRST ONE????? AFTER THE ENDING OF THE FIRST ONE?????

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✧・゚⁽⁽ଘ Shreya ଓ⁾⁾✧・゚

    ~Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Tor Teen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~ *This is a spoiler-free review, so you can read it even if you haven’t read the book yet!* "Survive the battle win the war." My rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 【Note: As I mentioned in my review of the first book here, I do not know the story of The Princess Bride, and my review is based solely on the book.】 Characters Princess Amarande: I really enjoyed reading about Princess Amarande in the first book and I’m happy to sa ~Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Tor Teen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~ *This is a spoiler-free review, so you can read it even if you haven’t read the book yet!* "Survive the battle win the war." My rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 【Note: As I mentioned in my review of the first book here, I do not know the story of The Princess Bride, and my review is based solely on the book.】 Characters Princess Amarande: I really enjoyed reading about Princess Amarande in the first book and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed her character just as much in the sequel. She’s everything I’d want in the main character: fierce, determined, clever, loyal, loving, and brave. Luca: Luca had a lot more character change in this book and he had his own role aside from being Amarande’s love interest which I really liked. The book mostly focused on the princess, but Luca had his own story too, which later merged with Amarande’s into one. Tallifer: I know that Tallifer was one of the supposed “villains” but I couldn’t help but like him. He didn’t seem that evil, and even if he did he was evil in a clever way, which showcased his abilities. Also, he just seemed like a good companion to travel with because he has so much knowledge but he’s also fun to be with. I loved reading his dialogue because was oftentimes he was either being sarcastic or laughing at a joke of some sort. Another thing I like about him was how complex his character was, since in this book we got to learn a lot more of his perspective. This book was also filled with strong female characters, including Geneva and Queen Inés who were both very clever, powerful, and bold, but also evil, proving that women have the ability to be evil too. Most of their actions were in the name of destroying the patriarchy which I partly liked because it shows why they had to do all these evil things. They were women and therefore not allowed to rule on their own without marrying, and since they wanted power, they were forced to kill multiple people just to claim the throne that belonged to them in the first place. Plot The plot is fast-paced without being confusing and it hooked me from the start. There was never a part in the book where I felt confused or wanted to stop reading. This book focused less on the romance and traveling side of things and more on the adventure and political side, which I really enjoyed. Each chapter brought the plot forward and it was filled with twists and turns which kept me guessing right up until the end. Just when I thought I knew what would happen a new piece of information was revealed giving the readers more knowledge and carrying the story forward in an unexpected yet perfect way. World-building The world-building was full of rich details and it made the world seem very real and intricate. Each of the four kingdoms of Sand and Sky had their own customs and features and stories. We didn’t get to see all of this history and culture but we did get enough for the plot to make sense. Last Thoughts: The ending was a bit open as if there was more to come and at first, I was worried that would be the end, but I searched online and I found out there will be a third book called “The King will Kill You”!! If you want to check it out, look at this link! ✨ You can find this review and others on my blog! ✨

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    DIDN'T SPARK ANY JOY I think I might be in the minority here, but I just didn't enjoy this. I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get into it. I just wanted it to be over with. Amarande especially bothered me. She is supposed to be the clever, sharp, battle- and strategy trained daughter of the Warrior King. However, she made numerous rash, stupid and naive decisions that were not in line with her supposed upbringing. Time and time again I facepalmed myself because it was so obvious to me DIDN'T SPARK ANY JOY I think I might be in the minority here, but I just didn't enjoy this. I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get into it. I just wanted it to be over with. Amarande especially bothered me. She is supposed to be the clever, sharp, battle- and strategy trained daughter of the Warrior King. However, she made numerous rash, stupid and naive decisions that were not in line with her supposed upbringing. Time and time again I facepalmed myself because it was so obvious to me that she just charged into one mistake after another without thinking it through. So, in line with the Marie Kondo saying - only keep things that spark joy - I will probably be giving up on this series. It has been a bit of a let down all the way through for me. I don't see how it can come back from this. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 15 Bookworm Problems

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I just got this and I'm currently freaking out!! I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm just going to say it - I have been FREAKING out since I got this eARC and I was really excited to dive into this today. Especially after re-reading the previous book. It's safe to say that I'm still in love with all things that revolve around Luca and Ama. Seriously, the princess bride vibes were very strong for me. Heck, I was loving the little game of throne vibes too. E I just got this and I'm currently freaking out!! I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm just going to say it - I have been FREAKING out since I got this eARC and I was really excited to dive into this today. Especially after re-reading the previous book. It's safe to say that I'm still in love with all things that revolve around Luca and Ama. Seriously, the princess bride vibes were very strong for me. Heck, I was loving the little game of throne vibes too. Even though I really liked Luca being the nobody who Ama just happen to fall in love with.. but him being a lost prince or whatever. I still ended up loving the guy either way because this book was just so freaking addicting. Definitely hard to put down. Besides Luca and Ama, there's Tallifer. Now even though he is a villain and such - well, I still loved him. Yes, some things were a little predictable but the twists and turns definitely kept me hooked. I loved each little joke, banter, and fight. They all gave me joy and now I'm sad that the duology is over. Is it weird that I wanted this book to be even longer? Don't get me wrong, the epilogue was freaking adorable but I just wanted more. Personally. Mostly because I didn't want the book to end - ever. So happy that I got the chance to dive into this and I look forward to diving into this once again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    Okay, this was such an improvement on the first book. (Which I still enjoyed, just didn't stand out, really.) Still had some problems with this - mainly dialogue related - but it was definitely a solid read with several surprising turns and an epilogue that makes me eager to read the next book. This one was even more politic focused than book one so if that's not your thing, this may not be for you but I enjoyed this aspect immensely! It was intriguing to see the possible war and desires for the Okay, this was such an improvement on the first book. (Which I still enjoyed, just didn't stand out, really.) Still had some problems with this - mainly dialogue related - but it was definitely a solid read with several surprising turns and an epilogue that makes me eager to read the next book. This one was even more politic focused than book one so if that's not your thing, this may not be for you but I enjoyed this aspect immensely! It was intriguing to see the possible war and desires for the kingdoms from the different perspectives, especially those you don't necessarily agree with. Also, if you were expecting more The Princess Bride references/parallels in book one, I would recommend picking this one up. Definitely had a good time noticing all the Easter Eggs. All in all, I'm enjoying this series and I'm already anticipating book three. I mean that last line... I need to know what the heck is going on.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe (Book Hooked)

    THERE IS A NAME AND A COVER AND I AM VERY MUCH READY FOR THE QUEEN WILL BETRAY YOU!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Drew's ambitious reading

    The queen will betray you is the second installment in the sand and sky trilogy and I'm dying for book three! So this is hard to discuss what I like about this one because it is a sequel and I don't want to spoil u guys of what happened in the first book. But, we pick up right where we left off in book 1 and it was such a crazy and wild right from page one to the end. I stayed up till 1am finishing this book and it was truly amazing.. I gave it 5 stars. The queen will betray you is the second installment in the sand and sky trilogy and I'm dying for book three! So this is hard to discuss what I like about this one because it is a sequel and I don't want to spoil u guys of what happened in the first book. But, we pick up right where we left off in book 1 and it was such a crazy and wild right from page one to the end. I stayed up till 1am finishing this book and it was truly amazing.. I gave it 5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    this cover made me want to love this series

  10. 5 out of 5

    Trisha (semi-hiatus)

    So, ummm... I just got approved for this? And I haven't even read the first one? I requested it because a) I thought I would for sure get rejected, and b) I thought that even if there was a chance I would get approved, it would take at least a month. I've really wanted to read this series, though, so I'm pretty excited! So, thanks Netgalley? *scrambles to find the first book* So, ummm... I just got approved for this? And I haven't even read the first one? I requested it because a) I thought I would for sure get rejected, and b) I thought that even if there was a chance I would get approved, it would take at least a month. I've really wanted to read this series, though, so I'm pretty excited! So, thanks Netgalley? *scrambles to find the first book*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The plot of this duology was really building up, only to have an unsatisfying conclusion. Unfortunately I did not enjoy The Queen Will Betray You as much as the first book, and found it rather lackluster. NO SPOILERS Review: Positives: - The main characters had some really fierce moments that excellently drew readers into the action. - While I did criticize the overuse of plot twists, some of the surprises were very good at keeping the story going. - The world building in the novel was done well, an The plot of this duology was really building up, only to have an unsatisfying conclusion. Unfortunately I did not enjoy The Queen Will Betray You as much as the first book, and found it rather lackluster. NO SPOILERS Review: Positives: - The main characters had some really fierce moments that excellently drew readers into the action. - While I did criticize the overuse of plot twists, some of the surprises were very good at keeping the story going. - The world building in the novel was done well, and it was easy to comprehend. Negatives: - While I do love plot twists, my biggest criticism was that there were too many in this novel, and the author did not stick with one plot line. The plot twists would whiplash readers from one story line to the other. At times it became confusing and frustrating to be bombarded with new information and surprises. - There is very little insight into what the characters are thinking or feeling. I want to know their thoughts, their reactions, their hurt, but I only felt detached from them. - The characters spent very little time together, therefore making the romantic connection feel barely existent. The main characters’ love is a driving force in the story, but it was not displayed enough. I wish the characters would have had more time to interact. This made the conclusion feel unsatisfying and left more to be desired. - The world building was good, but it would have been enhanced by the addition of a map. Overall, the series was fine but nothing extraordinary. Kingdoms of Sand and Sky Duology Overall rating: 3 stars Thank you NetGalley and the publishing company for this arc!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bryn Shutt

    This was an enjoyable sequel to one of my favorite 2020 reads. The cast expanded, the stakes rose. I have to admit I didn't connect as well with something in the story this time around...the characters, the writing? I'm not sure. But overall, I'm glad I took the journey with our fiery princess and her cinnamon roll dear Luca. This was an enjoyable sequel to one of my favorite 2020 reads. The cast expanded, the stakes rose. I have to admit I didn't connect as well with something in the story this time around...the characters, the writing? I'm not sure. But overall, I'm glad I took the journey with our fiery princess and her cinnamon roll dear Luca.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The Queen Will Betray You is an epic sequel to The Princess Will Save You! The story picks up right where the first book left off, and it is action-packed, riddled with danger, intrigue, treachery, and more. I love that the series pays homage to The Princess Bride while still feeling wholly original. The setting is immersive and detailed – horrific at times and majestically beautiful at others. The characters are dynamic and compelling, and there’s a startling redemption for a character that fel The Queen Will Betray You is an epic sequel to The Princess Will Save You! The story picks up right where the first book left off, and it is action-packed, riddled with danger, intrigue, treachery, and more. I love that the series pays homage to The Princess Bride while still feeling wholly original. The setting is immersive and detailed – horrific at times and majestically beautiful at others. The characters are dynamic and compelling, and there’s a startling redemption for a character that felt irredeemable. The story is told from many different perspectives, which gives such a well-rounded view of what is happening in the different kingdoms. Politics, political maneuvering, and complex, power-hungry machinations weave into every aspect of life in this world, and with so many different points of view, we see all of it. The characters are so well-developed and interesting, and I loved learning more about each of their stories. There are so many characters with secrets, and it’s never clear who Ama and Luca should trust. Layers upon layers of manipulation and political maneuvering make for a complicated web of lies, half-truths, and deception, and just when I thought I had everything figured out, Henning threw another twist that changed everything! Ama is a fantastic protagonist, and I love her journey. As her physical journey intensifies, so does her emotional one. Ama learns so much about her family, and she realizes that she doesn’t know the people she loves as well as she thought she did. Luca is also quite well-developed, and I love that we see him learning more about his family and past, as well as his future as a leader. He seems more self-assured and confident, yet his core values and morals remain unchanged. New alliances and old are tested, and Luca and Ama both show strength, loyalty, and determination to do what is right for their people. Ama and her allies are fighting against the patriarchal laws of society in hopes of a more equal future. In this male-dominated society, different women use different means to rise up in a world that wants to keep them submissive. And Amarantha is not the only woman who wants the laws to change. Other women want to rule on their own too. However, the ways they go about reaching their shared goal are vastly different. I like that the story shows both good and bad women and all the women in between. The story also examines the lengths people go to gain and keep control and the different ways that people choose to rule and how these decisions intrinsically affect their entire world. There’s so much action and suspense. It’s violent and graphic, at times, and some scenes are shocking in their brutality. But these scenes also show the imperativeness of demanding change. Taillefer is a masterfully complex character, and his arc is fascinating. He is evil and manipulative, disturbing in his willingness and eagerness to hurt others. Yet, there’s something about Taillefer. I’m not sure if it’s his candidness, his innate ability to get to the heart of a matter, his arrogant humor, or his redemptive actions, but he went from being one of my least favorite to my favorite character. I feel like the more I learned about him, his family, his past, and his intention, the more he became less villainous. Of course, many of his actions are unforgiveable, but Henning’s skillful characterization of Taillefer creates a well-rounded, complex, and redeemable person. Ama’s father, though dead, is another strong presence in the story. Flashbacks from several characters, as well as recollections of advice given and cryptic messages left behind, create a dynamic character who has left a strong imprint on the land and people he loved. I found it fascinating that Ama’s father was so well-developed and complex even though he wasn’t a physical presence in the story. Even after his death, his life impacted so many, especially Ama and Luca Ultimately, this is a love story, and Ama and Luca’s love story is sweet and true and reminiscent of Wesley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride. Their devotion to each other is wonderful, and the story left enough wiggle room at the end that i could see a potential follow-up book. Other budding romances are interesting as well, and I’m eager to see these new relationships grow. The Queen Will Betray You is an immersive, well-paced story, and I loved the characters, plot, world-building, and themes. There are many unexpected twists and turns, and I like that the story kept me guessing. There are also many morally grey people, situations, and actions throughout the book, which creates blurry lines between right and wrong and is so intriguing! I highly recommend this series to readers who like YA fantasy and romance and am so thankful to Sarah Henning, the publisher, and Terminal Tours for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    I enjoyed the first book of the series, and with the ending of the last book, I was eager to read this one! In comparison with the first book, this book still has that adventure, journey vibe, but with a lot more political plotline. There were quite a few twists and everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen, it was a complete surprise. I did struggle a little bit with the writing style, but it was ultimately an enjoyable read!! I continue to love these characters, especially as we see I enjoyed the first book of the series, and with the ending of the last book, I was eager to read this one! In comparison with the first book, this book still has that adventure, journey vibe, but with a lot more political plotline. There were quite a few twists and everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen, it was a complete surprise. I did struggle a little bit with the writing style, but it was ultimately an enjoyable read!! I continue to love these characters, especially as we see Luca grow into his new role. There's always the concern of a power imbalance between Princess Amarande and Luca, considering their "status" but I think it's handled really well! I don't read a ton of friends-to-lovers but I'm a complete sucker for this one! This was a good ending to this duology! I didn't anticipate the ending but I think it's extremely suitable and I would definitely read a novella for some fluff because I adore Luca! I received an e-arc of this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yogaa Lakshmi

    I loved this book even more than the first one! It answers so many questions I had in the first book. This book offers us a wider perspective of the Kingdom of Sand and Sky. There are more scheming, politics, plot twists and badass characters in this book. Even though I felt a lack of relationship development in the first book, I absolutely adored Luca and Amarande. Luca and Ama, my heart!!! I need to take a breath before writing a full review (or a full fledged rant about Luca and Ama). So, its I loved this book even more than the first one! It answers so many questions I had in the first book. This book offers us a wider perspective of the Kingdom of Sand and Sky. There are more scheming, politics, plot twists and badass characters in this book. Even though I felt a lack of relationship development in the first book, I absolutely adored Luca and Amarande. Luca and Ama, my heart!!! I need to take a breath before writing a full review (or a full fledged rant about Luca and Ama). So, its RTC I guess. P.S.- I thought the cover couldn't get any better than the first book but BAMM!!! This one is even more gorgeous. I-could-just-stare-at-it-all-day, drop-dead, breathtaking gorgeous. Charlie Bowater has done an amazing job (AGAIN!!!) and I just can't wait for the next book's cover.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aracely

    This story picks up where the first part ended. I have to confess that although I liked Amarande a lot in the first book, in this one I would have liked her to be a little harder on those who betrayed and hurt her. She continues to be faithful, loyal and protective of those she loves, especially Luca who in this second part has a more important role. I love that this books aren’t the typical princess who will stay in her palace waiting for things to happen, here, Amarande fights for those she lov This story picks up where the first part ended. I have to confess that although I liked Amarande a lot in the first book, in this one I would have liked her to be a little harder on those who betrayed and hurt her. She continues to be faithful, loyal and protective of those she loves, especially Luca who in this second part has a more important role. I love that this books aren’t the typical princess who will stay in her palace waiting for things to happen, here, Amarande fights for those she loves and the rights to reign on lands of men. She’s strong and never give up on the majority of the time, and other ones I was expecting different from her. In this book we will find more political plot and a lot of matriarchy. The female interaction in this book is much more and with strategies and struggle to reign, sometimes at the cost of anything. I liked the ending, is not what i particularly would chose and it didn't surprise me because before finishing this book I found out that there will be a third one that I imagine will close this story. I’m already looking forward to read it and see if the author gives the end they deserve to some characters that in this book have gotten off very easy. However, this book is a very easy read and if you read and liked The Princess will save you , y’all definitely need to read this one. Thank you so much to the Author, Macmillan-Tor Teen and NetGalley for the ARC. I'm freely giving my honest opinion on this review. Until the next one :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica de Sa-Mota

    Ok, wow. My dear lord. This book was amazing. The Princess Will Save You was good and cute. But this one, oh this one hit my soul all at once and had me from page 1 all the way through the very ending. Ama and Luca were phenomenal in this book. I loved how they went on separate journeys just so they could find their way to each other. All the gray characters and all the villains were incredible and the twists were the cherry on top. I really can’t wait for the next book. YA. 5 stars ⭐️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)

    ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Potential spoilers for The Princess Will Save You below. The Queen Will Betray You jumps straight back into the Kingdom of Sand and Sky, right where The Princess Will Save You left off. We see Amarande and Luca coming back to Ardenia with a plan to defeat the Dowager Queen Ines who plans to take over the realm and the disowned prince Taillefer who would do anything for the crown. To complicate things even more, Am ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Potential spoilers for The Princess Will Save You below. The Queen Will Betray You jumps straight back into the Kingdom of Sand and Sky, right where The Princess Will Save You left off. We see Amarande and Luca coming back to Ardenia with a plan to defeat the Dowager Queen Ines who plans to take over the realm and the disowned prince Taillefer who would do anything for the crown. To complicate things even more, Amarande's mother, "the Runaway Queen" Geneva has reappeared. Her ambitions and loyalties? unknown. Especially with the person she brought back to the castle. That was where the story really began. With the stakes higher, we immediately begin on a journey along with Luca and Amarande on a political quest to bring both rulers to their rightful thrones. The book starts off quickly before slowing in pace, even during parts when a lot of things were happening. I wished the pacing was a little bit faster at times however, I must admit with a book like this, so focused on politics, corruption and the manipulation of powers, it probably would've been difficult to do. We needed to see the inner workings of Ines' mind and we needed to see how she would reign dominance over those around her. I loved seeing how those three themes: politics, corruption and manipulation of power worked in this world and I also liked how they were written. One of my favourite things about this book apart from the way it dealt with those aforementioned themes, were the characters. I already mentioned this in my review of The Princess Will Save You but I think Sarah Henning does a fantastic job at writing characters who all feel so different from one another without making them feel bland or boring to read about. Each of them had their own backstories and their own personalities. My favourite had to be Luca because of his sweet and kind nature and Amarande who was badass and fierce without seeming too annoying or fiesty without reason. The Queen Will Betray You did introduce a new character that I didn't expect (that I think took everyone by surprise with the ending of The Princess Will Save You), Ferdinand. I guess this is another testament to Sarah Henning's writing here, but I genuinely did not know where his loyalties were. Was it to his sister? Was it to his mother? Was it to his real mother? I was left constantly guessing and I was certain he was going to betray one of them. That belief in potential betrayal kept me at the edge of my seat. My one big criticism with this book (and The Princess Will Save You) was its dialogue and conversation about true love. Everybody seemed to have an opinion about how Luca and Amarande were so in love with each other that they'd do anything (and everything) for each other. Which, yes, was sweet. I cannot deny that, but it did seem a bit over the top at times. The book left on an open ended ending and I really want to find out what happened to Geneva and to Taillefer even though it was somewhat resolved. I felt like the last times we saw him in this book was a little bit rushed which makes me believes there's more to the story than we believe. I would absolutely love to read the final book in this series. 2022 can't come soon enough! ACTUAL RATING: 3.45 STARS

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roomies' Digest

    This was unfortunately a DNF at 67%. I couldn’t focus on the story because it seemed just a little too young for me, and every time I did pick it up to try and get back into it, I would put myself in a reading slump. I got huge Princess Bride vibes (which is what initially drew me to this book), but I found the love story to be a bit too fast (insta-love) without much substance. Perhaps better for younger readers who are first getting into YA, and want a simpler story! xx -Christine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    3.5/5 stars Thank you so much to tor teen for the e-ARC via netgalley! I really loved book one so I was hoping to love this one, but I just never really got totally interested. I don't know if it was the politics, the characters, or just that I wasn't in the mood for it. I did really enjoy the separate plots for Amarande and Luca though! 3.5/5 stars Thank you so much to tor teen for the e-ARC via netgalley! I really loved book one so I was hoping to love this one, but I just never really got totally interested. I don't know if it was the politics, the characters, or just that I wasn't in the mood for it. I did really enjoy the separate plots for Amarande and Luca though!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    I had a lot of hopes that the sequel to The Princess Will Save You would be better but it sadly didn’t have me feeling anything. The connection I had with the main character in book 1 was not there in this, but I still had connection to her love interest Luca. And he was the only thing I enjoyed from this book. There was nothing that got me hooked into the storyline, characters (other than Luca), and the world building didn’t do a lot for me. Overall, I sadly couldn’t find anything in this book I had a lot of hopes that the sequel to The Princess Will Save You would be better but it sadly didn’t have me feeling anything. The connection I had with the main character in book 1 was not there in this, but I still had connection to her love interest Luca. And he was the only thing I enjoyed from this book. There was nothing that got me hooked into the storyline, characters (other than Luca), and the world building didn’t do a lot for me. Overall, I sadly couldn’t find anything in this book that made me invested in the story and main character, so I will not be continuing with this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Klemiki

    I received this ARC thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. "Even the best of us are willing to lie for those we love." "The worst of us, too." The Princess Will Save You amazed me with how fluid you can get with both storytelling, fast pacing the plot still keeping all the action interesting and clear. Conclusion to Amarande's story we find here felt a bit different, but still kept the best values. Yet again our heroes are on the journey to fight for their homeland I received this ARC thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. "Even the best of us are willing to lie for those we love." "The worst of us, too." The Princess Will Save You amazed me with how fluid you can get with both storytelling, fast pacing the plot still keeping all the action interesting and clear. Conclusion to Amarande's story we find here felt a bit different, but still kept the best values. Yet again our heroes are on the journey to fight for their homelands, and people they keep in their hearts. All secrets seem to unravel before their eyes, sometimes leaving only confusion and fear for the future, others letting them understand the past. "If we survive, I will explain. If I die in the process, please forgive me without my answers. I have made mistakes, but I have always loved you." Amarande still grieving her father has to face his and her own mistakes, her own blood turning on her and making her way harder than ever. Friend or foe, and many others, especially the motive of two mothers and their twisted tales made me think a lot about Avatar reading this book, and I mean it in a best way possible. If you're a fan of Ursa's episode, you'll love hearing struggles of upbringing a royal offsprings here too. Add Amarande's own voice for justice and independence, and you'll get a perfect realm story mix. "Princess, your father saw greatness in you every day.""Of all his plans, you were his best one, and I failed you both by thinking I could repair it myself." I loved the way Amarande&co questioned themselves every step their made on their journey, instead of being prickly proud of their heritage. It made them vulnerable yet powerful, and let me see teen-dream-team of ya in completely new light. We do have to take advice of our superiors, still making our own choices. "Which is why we must make the first mark." If you've loved first book, your love will last for second. If you're from the opposite camp, you should still give it a try, as here you can dive into the world of Sand and Sky and question your view on the heir apparents squad.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Manu ✦★✦

    What an amazing sequel! Though I enjoyed it I didn't especially love book #1, so this is a great surprise! In this second book, we enter deeper into the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky politics and wars and is so amazing to see the author using all her world-building abilities. This book is full of action, treachery, intrigue, and overall super exciting moments, I genuinely loved all the scheming and planning! It was so damn awesome and the badass characters make it all a lot better. Ama is the perfect he What an amazing sequel! Though I enjoyed it I didn't especially love book #1, so this is a great surprise! In this second book, we enter deeper into the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky politics and wars and is so amazing to see the author using all her world-building abilities. This book is full of action, treachery, intrigue, and overall super exciting moments, I genuinely loved all the scheming and planning! It was so damn awesome and the badass characters make it all a lot better. Ama is the perfect heroine, like she's badass, strong, intelligent, and knows how to fight! What else do you want? She has evolved so much as a character, not only physically but also mentally, I was super excited at the end of book one to know how she would react to her new half-brother and she didn't disappoint! And even though I loved stableboy Luka I love prince Luka even more! Seeing this new Luca side was so great, it definitely allowed him to show his badass side that knows to scheme and is super intelligent, confident and so damn handsome! But the thing I loved the most was Ama's and Luca's relationship. They are the cutest!! I love how they always call each other 'my true love'. And I loved every little single scene they had together. Their devotion to each other is wonderful, and they are the kind couple to always support the other and their little kisses and interactions make everything 100 times better. They are so sweet! I can't wait for more of their relationship in the next book. This book adds some new characters to the old crew we already knew and thought I loved everyone I need to make a special mention to Taillefer. Yes, he's still evil, manipulative, and overall a bad person but his arc and development in this book were so great! I love complex characters, and Taillefer is an amazing and super interesting one. (Super big spoiler) (view spoiler)[I hated that he die, though I'm happy Luca was the one to do it. It feels like a good closure to all the pain he suffered before. (hide spoiler)] Overall this book was incredibly amazing so if you are an adventure fan you should definitely give it a shot to this one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caelan

    Thank you NetGalley for offering me an ARC! To begin this review, I want to say that I DNFed the first book, "The Princess Will Save You." I had a couple problems with that one, and I still noticed them in this book, which is disappointing since I really wanted to enjoy it. The book wasn't horrible, but nothing... out of this world, or amazing. What I did like about this book, that I found was lacking in the other one, was the characterization, especially Luca. I enjoyed both him, and our main f Thank you NetGalley for offering me an ARC! To begin this review, I want to say that I DNFed the first book, "The Princess Will Save You." I had a couple problems with that one, and I still noticed them in this book, which is disappointing since I really wanted to enjoy it. The book wasn't horrible, but nothing... out of this world, or amazing. What I did like about this book, that I found was lacking in the other one, was the characterization, especially Luca. I enjoyed both him, and our main female protagonist a lot more in this story. The cast, as well, expanded and we got to meet a lot of new faces who I did really like to see. It was reasonably fast paced, and the story was well written, but I just couldn't find myself interested in anything that was happening. I don't know what it was I didn't connect with; the writing? Plot? Setting? I'm not too sure. But it wasn't new, or anything I hadn't seen before. Just something you'd expect from a basic YA fantasy. Final Rating - 2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mere

    RTC closer to publication.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lara (larainsidebooks)

    I need the sequel now This was such an upgrade from the the first book. From page one I enjoyed it so much more and was more interested in the story. In contrast to the first book, I really enjoyed seeing new character perspectives, as it really gave the story more depth. This book constantly kept me guessing and on my toes. I liked some characters that I thought could never like (Taillefer I'm looking at you) and unfortunately some of my predictions came true ((view spoiler)[ again, Taillefer, I need the sequel now This was such an upgrade from the the first book. From page one I enjoyed it so much more and was more interested in the story. In contrast to the first book, I really enjoyed seeing new character perspectives, as it really gave the story more depth. This book constantly kept me guessing and on my toes. I liked some characters that I thought could never like (Taillefer I'm looking at you) and unfortunately some of my predictions came true ((view spoiler)[ again, Taillefer, looking at you! (hide spoiler)] ). The questions I had after the first book were (mostly) answered, and some weak plot points were made stronger. I really liked the open ending of this book, and I'm excited to see where the next book will take us! Regarding Amarande and Luca, their story was much more believeable in this book. All in all, I wasn't sure until the very last page that I succesfully predicted some of the plot twists and that made this book so good! SPOILER THOUGHTS BELOW (view spoiler)[ Inés poisoning Domingu, Akil and basically everyone that would stand in her way was so unexpected! Never saw that coming! Domingu planting a family member in every country to take the kingdoms for himself! Would like to know more of who exactly he places in Torrent and Myrcell! How did Geneva go from "I need to kill my husband, but I can't do it" to "I'm running away with my husband's bastard child to protect my daughter's right to the throne" to "I'm the Warlord"?? Taillefer grew so much on me, even though I can't forget what he did to Luca and how me manipulated Amarande to kill Renard. I feel like he deserved a redemption arc and I was so sad to find that I was right in predicting his death. Some of the plot twists were a little underdeveloped and were resolved so quickly that I didn't even have the chance to process them (Taillefer and Domingu working/not working together??, Osana being Geneva's niece??) Geneva never stepping down as the Warlord! Ama's father making her queen in his will <3 FERDINAND BEING AN AWESOME SIBLING AND KING (he giving the crown to Ama is the best thing ever and I love him so much for that) (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie

    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for a free copy of the ebook ARC. It was my choice to read and review. So, as I said in my review of book #1 (The Princess will Save you) I had seen it all over Instagram and wanted to get to it. Receiving this ARC gave me the push I needed to start the series and continue with this ebook ARC of book 2. I LOVED the first one and while many other reviewers are saying that they liked this second one even more, I actually disagree. It was still really g Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for a free copy of the ebook ARC. It was my choice to read and review. So, as I said in my review of book #1 (The Princess will Save you) I had seen it all over Instagram and wanted to get to it. Receiving this ARC gave me the push I needed to start the series and continue with this ebook ARC of book 2. I LOVED the first one and while many other reviewers are saying that they liked this second one even more, I actually disagree. It was still really good and I liked it a lot but I didn't connect with it as much as I did with the first one. While I could not stop listening to the first one, with this one, I found myself taking breaks and not having that urgency to read non-stop. I also was a bit disappointed with one of the twists towards the beginning because I felt like it was pretty predictable. But, there are many other twists that I did not expect, and loved all the unexpected political power shifts and schemes. Amarande continues to be awesome and I love scenes with her telling people off and some other characters by her side telling people off. The dialogue was quick and witty, especially when Tallifer would speak. Overall, it was enjoyable It just didn't have the same spark as book 1 for me. This could also be because I'm an audiobook lover and the narrator of book 1 is awesome so when I read ebooks and have to do the voices in my head, it's never as good as a good narrator. I'll re-read once the audiobook comes out and maybe it will bring the magic I was missing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Thorne

    After finishing the first book, I was a bit skeptical to read this one. It's not that I didn't enjoy the first one, its that I wanted more from it. Well, this book provided more! This is a spoiler free and generalized review because it is an ARC review. I was provided an arc by the publisher in exchange for an honest review...so here it is! This book series is what I would consider a true YA fantasy. Characters actually under the age of eighteen and the personalities that I believe fit very well After finishing the first book, I was a bit skeptical to read this one. It's not that I didn't enjoy the first one, its that I wanted more from it. Well, this book provided more! This is a spoiler free and generalized review because it is an ARC review. I was provided an arc by the publisher in exchange for an honest review...so here it is! This book series is what I would consider a true YA fantasy. Characters actually under the age of eighteen and the personalities that I believe fit very well to their age. In The Queen Will Betray You, we get to see so much more development of our two lovebirds Ama and Luca. I was so seriously happy about this because I felt that the first book really didn't make me feel any connection to either of them, but this one did! I found myself rather liking both of them and their story as they grew and adapted to the changes! The plot, I LOVED. It wasn't cluttered within world info dumping or scenes that didn't mean anything, so I didn't find myself wishing to just get it over with. I actually wanted to keep reading and finding out what was coming next. If you were like me and you weren't super interested after finishing the first book, PLEASE pick this one up because it is so much better and we get to know the characters so much more!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ugh.. this definitely gave me middle book syndrome. I did like this story and I am so invested to know what’s going to happen at the end of this series sooo let’s go. The king will kill you is next! I think we all know after that epilogue what’s up now!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rivka

    Actually chanced my rating after reading last page 😱😱😱 This was much better than book 1

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