Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to showcase eagerly awaited upcoming releases.
This week I’ve picked The Shadowed Throne by K J Taylor
- Expected publication: 1st April 2013 by HarperVoyager (HarperCollins AU)
- Format: Paperback, 448 pages
- Series: The Risen Sun, Book 2
- ISBN 13: 9780732294236 ISBN 10: 0732294231
- Goodreads / Booktopia
Laela the half-breed raised in the South is now the Queen of the North. The seemingly invincible King Arenadd Taranisaii and his partner, the dark griffin Skandar, are missing. The Northerners blame Laela for Arenadd’s disappearance, but she knows the truth …
With only her griffin partner Oeka to help her rule, Laela struggles to maintain power and tensions mount with Arenadd’s cousin, Saeddryn, who believes she is the rightful ruler.
Laela is forced into a desperate fight to stay queen as the entire North is plunged into a brutal civil war. To win, she will need the help of her new friend, the odd shapeshifter Kullervo, and a surprising griffin ally from the past.
But the true test of Laela’s strength will come when the deadly Shadow that Walks returns …
I was kindly sent a review copy of The Shadow’s Heir by HarperCollins last year, and it prompted me to devour Taylor’s prequel series, The Fallen Moon, before falling upon it. Taylor’s books are refreshing and thoughtful, some of the best examples of Fantasy written by an Australian author. They are about griffins and humans: the delicate balance between their worlds, their politics and wars, their bonding and camaraderie. I really enjoyed The Shadow’s Heir, I can’t wait to read The Shadowed Throne and get back to Laela and Skandar and the seemingly insurmountable odds they face because of Arenadd’s disappearance.
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