For the Wolf ended up being an unexpected favorite. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it ended up charming me. I loved how deeply rooted it was in sisterhood and so I was so excited for For the Throne. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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.
Solmir wants to bring an end to the Shadowlands and he believes helping Neve may be the key to its destruction. But to do that, they will both have to journey across a dangerous landscape in order to find a mysterious Heart Tree, and finally to claim the gods’ dark, twisted powers for themselves.
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While this began with Sleeping Beauty Vibes – and that’s where I thought it was going to go – it quickly turned into something else. My favorite elements in For the Throne were the sister relationship – because duh – and also the exploration of protection. For the Throne allows us to see through many characters as the events unfold. And each of them wrestle with what does protection mean. Does it mean a lack of transparency? To hide secrets from the ones we love? What will we do in order to chase what we think is right?
Still reeling from the consequences, and sacrifices, of For the Wolf, Neve and Red are just trying to get back to each other. While I wasn’t sure entirely how to feel about Neve in book one, she stole my heart in For the Throne. I love how both sisters are wrestling with their guilt, regret, and pain. But for Neve she truly has to deal with the fall out. With being stuck in a world she has no inkling of with someone she used to trust. Can trust so easily be earned back?
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The mistakes we make and wrongs we don’t want to admit. At the beginning, I was only intrigued by wondering if they would make it back to each other. But then I got lost in Neve’s story. Their sisterhood is a true foundation to For the Throne. And it delivered everything I was expecting and let me see a new side of Neve. To find someone who can truly see us for who we are, our naked ambition and dreams we can’t bear to say aloud. Who we are when we don’t care about ‘goodness’. For the Throne is a brilliant sequel which asks us about the nature of magic and whether people can change.