The queen will betray you

Sarah Henning

Book - 2021

"After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone's plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more. Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and ...her stable boy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love..."--

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Series
Henning, Sarah. Kingdoms of Sand and Sky ; bk. 2.
Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Fantasy fiction
Romance fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Tor Teen 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: The princess will save you.
Physical Description
358 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1250237467
9781250237460
Main Author
Sarah Henning (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

There are actually two treacherous queens in this second Sand and Sky novel, and though they're both aligned against each other, they'd like nothing more than to see the end of Princess Amarande and Luca, stable boy turned long-lost king of Torrence. One queen is Geneva, Amarande's mother, who left when the princess was a baby. Geneva returns with Ferdinand, Amarande's half brother, and she intends for him to take the crown. The other is Ines, mother of the lamented Prince Renard, who tried to force Amarande to marry him. Intrigue, combats great and small, and plot twists abound as Amarande escapes her mother's machinations to join Luca, bringing along an unlikely companion: Talliefer, Prince Renard's younger brother. The novel is largely plot driven, but the characters show further development, particularly Talliefer—with his backstory fully revealed, he grows more sympathetic to the reader. Henning conquers the second book slump, the hobgoblin of series books, with aplomb, leaving readers exhausted from their vicarious adventure but eagerly awaiting the next installment. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Princess Amarande and her love Luca return from their adventures in The Princess Will Save You to face grander threats than pirates and kidnappers. Amarande's long-absent mother has returned and is determined to put Ama's illegitimate brother on the throne. Meanwhile, Luca must find an underground rebellion and earn their trust as the long-lost heir to the throne. Matters are further complicated by the machinations of Queen Ines, who intends to claim every country for her own, no matter who sits upon the throne. Unlikely alliances and betrayals wait around every corner as the young leaders work to reclaim their kingdoms. This fast-paced sequel doubles down on the strengths of the first book with nonstop action and increasingly deadly intrigue. There are some plot points and coincidences that require a little too much hand waving (like a tattoo that remains unchanged from infancy to adulthood and a continent that can seemingly be crossed on horseback in less than a day). The romance feels disappointingly thin as the protagonists are once again separate for most of the book, but this time they have other things to worry about. Ama's relationship with the charismatic and complicated Prince Taillefer, who is with her for much of the story, is more interesting and electric than her repeated intonations of "my love" when thinking of Luca. VERDICT A fast-paced installment in the Princess Bride–inspired series. Give to teens who love swordplay or want a less gruesome alternative to Game of Thrones.—Amy Diegelman, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone's plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more. Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stable boy lovewith a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love..."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The breathtaking sequel to Sarah Henning's The Princess Will Save You--a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess BrideKEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CROWN…After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone’s plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more.Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stable boy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love...The Kingdoms of Sand & Sky TrilogyBook 1: The Princess Will Save YouBook 2: The Queen Will Betray YouBook 3: The King Will Kill You Praise for The Princess Will Save You “Full of inconceivable wit, daring adventure, and cunning political machinations…It’s as if Sarah Henning looked into my soul that yearned for a book like The Princess Bride and said—as you wish. And yes, this is a kissing book.”—Ashley Poston, author of Heart of Iron“A breakneck fantasy adventure…. Swoony romance, sword fights, a great cast of characters and some clever parallels to a story about another princess who won’t be made a bride makes The Princess Will Save You a strong contender for my favorite novel of the year.”—Emily Hall Schroen, Main Street Books, St. Charles, Missouri