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For the Throne eARC Review

The First Daughter is for the Throne
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf…


Red and the Wolf have finally contained the threat of the Old Kings but at a steep cost. Red’s beloved sister Neve, the First Daughter is lost in the Shadowlands, an inverted kingdom where the vicious gods of legend have been trapped for centuries and the Old Kings have slowly been gaining control. But Neve has an ally–though it’s one she’d rather never have to speak to again–the rogue king Solmir.

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My Review

A worthy sequel to For the Wolf. Though I think in the end I still loved For the Wolf more, this was a great novel. I loved getting to see the Shadowlands and seeing Neve more; because let’s face it, I didn’t love her in a lot of the previous book but there are redemption arcs and two sides to every story and darkness and magic abundant in this book with an ending that was appropriate for our cast of characters.

To go more in depth, while this was super atmospheric, I couldn’t quite connect to Neve the way I hoped to. I totally loved how different she was from Red and definitely enjoyed all her interactions with Solmir but I couldn’t quite click.

Solmir was a delightful exploration into a character. I wanted to know everything about him and would have read a book simply about him that’s how much I enjoyed him, he had had a lot of heart but he definitely was no angel, which is probably why I found him so delightful. In contrast I felt that Neve was lacking a certain depth and I don’t know if that’s simply because I didn’t click with her.

The pacing actually dragged a little for me and though I loved seeing Red and the others, it was a bit of a disjointed transition each time we went back tot hem. (Selfishly I also wanted to stay with them instead of going back to Neve and Solmir lol)

The plot is certainly worthy of some nail biting as we close in towards the end and I won’t lie, though the middle dragged for me the conclusion flew by.

I am a little conflicted by the actual ending. Though it was great, I guess I couldn’t help but feel it was a little too up in the air which is hilarious because sometimes I love those endings and sometimes I feel they don’t do a story justice that I’ve loved so much. I was happier about Red and Wolf than Neve and Solmir’s endings but I can’t say it was disappointing! Who doesn’t love a story that rips your heart out?

A pretty great sequel and if you enjoyed For the Wolf, then you’ll enjoy this one! I can’t wait to see what Whitten writes next!

Overall 4/5 cups of coffee from me! Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review!

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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