Thank you to Orbit and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: For the Throne (Wildwood 2) by Hannah Whitten
Release Date: June 9th 2022
Tags: Fantasy | Fairytale Retelling | Gods
Trigger/Content Warnings: Torture | Death
Other books in this series I reviewed
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.
For the Throne is the sequel to For the Wolf and set close to the ending of that. With the Kings having been kept in the shadowlands, a new problem arises for Red and Wol.f Her sister has gone into the Shadowlands. And with her is Solmir, the guy who betrayed her in the above world. While Red is doing everything in her power to bring her back, Neve is finding a whole new problem in the Shadowlands. It is dying…
The sequel follows Neve more though we remain following Red. Added to that is the point of view of Raffe, Neve’s suitor in For the Wolf. I could honestly have done without the added point of view of Raffe in this. It was to point out how his feelings changed for Neve. But I don’t think we as reader nessecarily needed that. He didn’t add too much else. He was almost always within the story of Red.
Sometimes the point of view of Red also did not add that much extra to the story. It bogged down the story somewhat and slowed down the pace considerably. It is these things that took away from this story being able to make a bang.