Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, YA Fantasy | Release Date: 20 July 2023 | Series: House of Shadows | Series Book: #2 | Pages: 421 | Publisher: Hot Key Books | Review
It’s no surprise that I dived into Queen of Gods by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr with my whole heart, right? After all, I loved the first book in this series: Daughter of Darkness! But this YA fantasy has been elevated from already mythical heights, and it is a tale of ancient Greece like you’ve never read before…
Doomed to bow to Hades’ scheming goals in order to save Theron and her companions, Deina is now trapped in the Underworld. And her only way out? To drink the elixir which will turn her into a deity. But if Deina does this, she will never be able to pursue a life with Theron. Her heart will grow cold. And the gods won’t pay for what they’ve done to their worshippers. Can Deina defy the fate laid before her? Will Theron be able to overthrow the tyrannical Aristaeus? And what part does the God of Death have to play in all of this?
My first happiness boost? It has to be how Queen of Gods is filled with spiteful deities who only adhere to their capricious nature. In this YA fantasy, they don’t care about humanity. Instead, Katharine & Elizabeth have given us Greek gods in their pure form: powerful, selfish and cruel. If you have ever wanted to immerse yourself in mythology, dive into this House of Shadows series. You won’t regret it!
Deina, you ridiculously brave woman. This FMC faces a lot of character growth within Queen of Gods, and let me tell you it is *not* easy. Couple that with an insidious magic which twines around her heart? How does she keep fighting?! I’m in awe of how Katharine & Elizabeth write the characters within this fantasy. They’re incredibly relatable in their imperfections, even as I wish I had their bravery.
I didn’t talk about this in my review for Daughter of Darkness, but I need to mention the comedic timing! This is largely thanks to Nat, aka Thanatos (God of Death). At one point he keeps touching everything, and I couldn’t help but laugh when he got in trouble for it! Maybe it’s just me, but Nat reminds me of a moody cat… He’ll happily break things and fight others, but he also knows when to be soft and cuddly. What’s not to love?
I have no downside! Although Deina can sometimes be selfish (which is usually a downside for me), this is a necessary plot point within Queen of Gods. It’s another 5 star read for me!
Queen of Gods by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr is a YA fantasy steeped in mythology, defiant hope and heartbreaking treachery. I couldn’t be more ecstatic than I already am with this story, it delivers everything I’d been hoping for after reading book one! If you love the sound of this beautiful book from my review? You can click any of the links below and get your own copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!
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