ARC Review: Gilded Serpent by Danielle L Jensen

Thank you so much to Tor Teen and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Gilded Serpent! I loved books one and two in this series (Dark Shores and Dark Skies) so I was the most excited about reading this one! 

Gilded Serpent 4/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called “everything I look for in a fantasy novel.”

THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY

Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.

His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war.

BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN

Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.

Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves.

I really liked how this book brought Dark Shores and Dark Skies together by having all four of our main characters features and POV chapters from each of them- it did get a little confusing if you forgot to read the name at the top of the chapter to see who you were reading about, but if you do that once, it doesn’t normally happen again. It was so great to see Teriana, Marcus, Killian, and Lydia again! This book picks up where Dark Skies ends (and it could also be where Dark Shores ends, but since I read that one earlier, I don’t really remember how it ended) with Lydia being taken to the healing temples and Killian with the king. Over with Teriana and Marcus, we start with them celebrating their win over Urcon. As the book goes on, I feel like the switching between sides of the story happened at a good pace- we weren’t stuck on one side for too long ever and no matter where we were, something crazy/really interesting was happening. There were so many major plot points/reveals that happened in this book and I cannot wait to see how they get furthered in book 4 and OMG that ending! With the way that Gilded Serpent ended, how am I supposed to wait until 2022 for the next book!? This book came out today, April 27, so make sure you go grab it now! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound

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