Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3) by Danielle L. Jensen – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  27 April 2021

Format: E-ARC

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 576

Blurb

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.

Readers may read either Dark Shores or Dark Skies first!
Suggested series reading order:

1. Dark Skies or Dark Shores
2. Dark Shores or Dark Skies
3. Gilded Serpent (coming spring 2021)

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Review

Thank you to Tor Teen for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

GILDED SERPENT IS BOOK 3 IN THE DARK SHORES SERIES, SO MY REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS

One of the things I am absolutely fascinated about with this series is that you can read EITHER book 1, Dark Shores, or Book 2, Dark Skies, first!  One book follows the tale of Teriana and Marcus, the other Killian and Lydia.  In Gilded Serpent, we get to follow on from both stories in tandem, with points of view from all 4 characters.  I adored the first two books but this one really blew it out of the water.  I barely breathed for 576 pages.  The edge of your seat action, the danger and the twists were all of the highest stakes.  This entire series has such epic world building and descriptive writing, I’ve completely lost myself to the story in every book (sometimes feeling like you’re right there is a challenge though – Marcus, I feel you on the fear of heights.  I think I stopped breathing altogether for a few chapters there 😅).

Gilded Serpent picks up right where Dark Shores and Dark Skies finish and sets us on a rollercoaster ride right from the start.  From hunting down a traitor to dealing with the horrifying blight stealing over the land, all while navigating forbidden feelings and vicious enemies.  I felt like none of the characters we’ve come to know were left behind in this book, as can sometimes happen with third in a series.  Their stories still flowed naturally, giving us more insight into their backgrounds and answers to questions left over from the other books.  I can’t even choose a favourite character anymore.  I’d be convinced I was more in love with Marcus and Teriana’s story while I was reading it, then switch allegiance to Killian and Lydia when I got to their chapters, and so on!

Gilded Serpent, and the entire Dark Shores series, is an intense ride you don’t want to miss!

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