Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Warmaidens by Kelly Coon ~ Review

Title: Warmaidens
Author: Kelly Coon
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 416
Release Date: October 29th, 2020
Version Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Synopsis: Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.

Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

My Review: I remember reading Gravemaidens last year and loving it. This year I got approved again to read the sequel called Warmaidens which continues the story of Kammani our brave and defiant A-zu and Ariwa the displaced queen of Alu. I can genuinely say that I enjoyed continuing to read about Dagan's and Kammani's continued commitment to each other while trying to take down the usurper king of Alu. I would have liked to see an actual marriage between them at the end of the book instead of the commitment ceremony but I understand why they did it like that and kudos to Dagan to being a committed and supportive partner.

This book brings back some of the cast of Gravemaidens and introduces a ton of new characters to the plot. Some of them I felt I could have done without their brief storylines and really I wouldn't have even missed them from the story. I get that Rish losing his arm was needed to show how brutal the soldiers are but come on he's a little boy he didn't need to go through that. I did enjoy Iltani's and Gala's storyline and I wish she would have given that poor man a chance even though she was forced into the marriage. It's a shame that he died doing something she asked him to do and she didn't even care that he died.

I really relished this duology and definitely recommend picking it up if you haven't had the chance to yet.

Rating: 4 stars

*I received an advanced copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 

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