This is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn authored by Brian Staveley which has been a fanastic continuation to a hectic adventure of war and magic. Adare struggles to be the best queen for her people, even though it has always been a male upon the throne, she feels that she is still the best person for the job, especially since her brothers, Valin and Kadden are either missing or unable to perform the tasks needed.
The threat of war from the people beyond the kingdoms borders is becoming more real and the inevitable battle closer each day, and the realm is in turmoil in either repetition for disaster and war or fleeing for safety.
This has been a fast paced adventure with some interesting characters and the inclusion of magics really make the story intriguing. I found this book quite good overall although I did find myself very confused in a variety of areas, although after a few rereads was able to get back on track. I will continue on with the series, but I do hope I can figure things through a bit better with the next instalment. Even saying that, I did enjoy the overall storyline.
Overall I believe this book has been well with the read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels that are in the “Game of Thrones” type genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.