Summary: In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.
Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.
*I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
My Thoughts: I was on the fence about continuing this series after my lukewarm reception of Furyborn, but I’m glad I did. While I still wasn’t crazy about it, I liked Kingsbane more than I liked the first book. The characters continued to grow, and I loved finding out more of Rielle’s history and how it contributed to Eliana’s future. Where Rielle was my favorite character in Furyborn, it actually switched to Eliana for this one, and I found myself looking forward to her sections more. The switching perspectives continued to move the plot and intrigue along nicely, but for some reason, each switch was more jarring to me and took a second to adjust in each chapter. I do wish we could have a bit more knowledge about the magic systems and the angels because it still wasn’t 100% clear for me. If you can get past that though, the plot was exciting in both timelines and I really loved watching them weave together. The ending was totally unexpected and had my jaw on the floor. I was riled up after finishing for sure. I am now too invested in the plot to not be along for the ride, and I anxiously await the conclusion in book three. I really do think that if the magic and the angels were fleshed out better, this series would knock it out of the park, but until that ferocious ending, it was a fairly average read.