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In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their queendom in the thrilling conclusion to this royal fantasy duology. Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and her true heritage. Along with Aketo, a small contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their queendom in the thrilling conclusion to this royal fantasy duology. Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and her true heritage. Along with Aketo, a small contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain in hopes of finding friends and allies to the north--not to mention Baccha--to help her decide what to do next. Princess Isa is a difficult, unremorseful captive, and Eva knows better than to trust her sister, but she wants to. Despite their history, Eva is convinced that to survive the growing unrest in the queendom, she and her sister must make peace. Since the Entwining ceremony, Eva's and Isa's lives have been bonded, and each can only die by the other's hand. This perhaps provides an opening for a truce and a more hopeful future for both the sisters and the queendom, if only Isa would see reason and give up the battle for the throne. With the two princesses on the run, the Queendom of Myre is on the brink of a revolution. And without Baccha to guide and train her magick, Eva must find a way not only to survive her own metamorphosis, but to unite all the people of Myre, including her sister, by finally taking the Ivory Throne.


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In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their queendom in the thrilling conclusion to this royal fantasy duology. Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and her true heritage. Along with Aketo, a small contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their queendom in the thrilling conclusion to this royal fantasy duology. Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and her true heritage. Along with Aketo, a small contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain in hopes of finding friends and allies to the north--not to mention Baccha--to help her decide what to do next. Princess Isa is a difficult, unremorseful captive, and Eva knows better than to trust her sister, but she wants to. Despite their history, Eva is convinced that to survive the growing unrest in the queendom, she and her sister must make peace. Since the Entwining ceremony, Eva's and Isa's lives have been bonded, and each can only die by the other's hand. This perhaps provides an opening for a truce and a more hopeful future for both the sisters and the queendom, if only Isa would see reason and give up the battle for the throne. With the two princesses on the run, the Queendom of Myre is on the brink of a revolution. And without Baccha to guide and train her magick, Eva must find a way not only to survive her own metamorphosis, but to unite all the people of Myre, including her sister, by finally taking the Ivory Throne.

30 review for A ​Queen of Gilded Horns

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars rounded up *sigh* This was disappointing because I LOVED the first book and high hopes for A Queen of Gilded Horns, but while it has a lot going for it (love the world, the characters, the ideas...) the middle of the book moved at a glacial pace and the ending felt really rushed and underdeveloped with a few things that didn't totally make sense. I think it's such an interesting world, there's all this political intrigue, characters with complicated relationships who poss Actual Rating: 2.5 stars rounded up *sigh* This was disappointing because I LOVED the first book and high hopes for A Queen of Gilded Horns, but while it has a lot going for it (love the world, the characters, the ideas...) the middle of the book moved at a glacial pace and the ending felt really rushed and underdeveloped with a few things that didn't totally make sense. I think it's such an interesting world, there's all this political intrigue, characters with complicated relationships who possibly want to murder each other, hidden secrets...all of which should be great! But there was so much buildup to have things resolved in just a few pages. The stakes seem high, but then basically nothing really goes very wrong for the MC other than getting severely injured at one point. I was hoping for a more satisfying conclusion, but others might enjoy this more than I did. I think the high point is the arc of the sister relationship- that was lovely and handled really well. I received an advance copy of this for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stella ☆Paper Wings☆

    I hate when covers change mid-series but I can't even be mad at this because it's so gorgeous. I hate when covers change mid-series but I can't even be mad at this because it's so gorgeous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Overall, I liked our growth in story and characterization (aka I felt less at arms length with our characters than in book one). Plus that ending and the magik system! I can not wait to see what Amanda Joy comes up with in the future. Spoiler-free Series Review: ~Coming Soon~ I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ele #FreePalestine

    THE COVER IS OUT AND IT'S BETTER THAN THE FIRST. (just wonder - what's up with all this incontinuity with the covers of sequels recently...?) THE COVER IS OUT AND IT'S BETTER THAN THE FIRST. (just wonder - what's up with all this incontinuity with the covers of sequels recently...?)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tahsin

    I am now measuring time based on how long it takes until this book is released. Can't wait!:) I am now measuring time based on how long it takes until this book is released. Can't wait!:)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mere

    3.5 stars So do you all remember how much I loved the first book? It was one of my favorite books that I read last year. Five stars. Suffice to say I couldn’t wait until I got my hands on the sequel. I love duologies because it means things get wrapped up in two books – so I had high high hopes for this one. While I wish I could say that this book was five stars as well, it wasn’t. For me it landed at a solid 3.5/4 stars. There are a few reasons I didn’t love it as much as the first one. To summa 3.5 stars So do you all remember how much I loved the first book? It was one of my favorite books that I read last year. Five stars. Suffice to say I couldn’t wait until I got my hands on the sequel. I love duologies because it means things get wrapped up in two books – so I had high high hopes for this one. While I wish I could say that this book was five stars as well, it wasn’t. For me it landed at a solid 3.5/4 stars. There are a few reasons I didn’t love it as much as the first one. To summarize: I wanted more Baccha! Okay, yes, I wanted more Baccha, but it wasn’t the only thing. I felt that the pace of this book didn’t work. As the second book in a duology I should feel that the stakes are higher or that I’m going to get a conclusion. It felt very slow all the way until probably the last 100 pages or so. And there’s nothing wrong with a book being slow or being more political machinations based, but I felt that it didn’t work here. I felt those aspects were trying to be there, but instead they ended up being slightly…boring. There was a lot of talking, but most of it felt rather pointless. Which is so unfortunate. Honestly, because of that, I felt the plot wasn’t nearly as strong as the first book, but there were some aspects that I really enjoyed as well. First, I loved that we had different POVs in this one. We had Eva, Aketo, Baccha AND Isa. It was great. I especially loved Isa’s POV. The only one I didn’t enjoy was Ysai’s. I felt that whole part of the book was just…I’m not sure how I felt I didn’t love it. Again, that was related to the plot issues and pacing issues I had. Things that I also loved were the lore and the world building. I still think it was really strong and well done. I loved the aspects of all the magic and culture that felt imbued in this book. That was really well done. The relationships between characters was also still strong. Despite the fact that I wanted more Baccha I liked all the characters. I especially liked Isa in this one, and I think her POV helped immensely. Eva as always I enjoyed reading, and her POV was the biggest one. The relationship between the sisters was also excellent. I like how we get to see a different side to them in this book than in the first one. It made for interesting reading. I also liked the romance in this book, it was cute and played a small part, but I don’t think that it was overly saturated. As book that is supposed to be about overcoming odds, outsiders and sisterhood, the romance was well balanced with the rest. Honestly, character development is definitely a strength for Joy and we see it most in Isa and her development. I just wish overall the action hadn’t happened just in the last 100 pages and that instead it had flowed through the entire book. I feel that it ramped up really suddenly and ended too quickly. It wasn’t as cohesive as I would have liked it to be. In some ways I feel that we were left hanging and had all this build up for like…three pages of tension and resolution. I did like Joy’s writing, and I think it actually got better in this book – which helped even with the parts that I found slower. Overall, I am satisfied with this as a conclusion to the series, but I wish I had liked it just a bit more! Still, a solid book that I enjoyed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    3.5* I truly loved the first 75% of this book and thought that it was going to be a high five star read, but the ending let it down completely. The main premise of this duology was wrapped up in the last twenty pages of the book and the amazing, complex characters that had been created throughout this series just fell flat. I'd still recommend this series, it is by no means bad, but the ending definitely left much to be desired. That being said, I truly hope that more books are written in this w 3.5* I truly loved the first 75% of this book and thought that it was going to be a high five star read, but the ending let it down completely. The main premise of this duology was wrapped up in the last twenty pages of the book and the amazing, complex characters that had been created throughout this series just fell flat. I'd still recommend this series, it is by no means bad, but the ending definitely left much to be desired. That being said, I truly hope that more books are written in this world and I can't wait to read more of Amanda Joy's writing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Solace_In_Reading

    11.24.2020 This is one of my favorite duologies ever and I am not ready for it to end. This fantasy world is one of the most immersive I've ever read. Can't wait to put this one on my shelves. 11.24.2020 This is one of my favorite duologies ever and I am not ready for it to end. This fantasy world is one of the most immersive I've ever read. Can't wait to put this one on my shelves.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Torwyn James

    I liked the first one better but I still loved this. CW: genre typical violence, mind control

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Normally I whine about cover changes, but...I LOVE the new style here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Mara

    A River of Royal Blood is one of my favorite YA fantasies. Utterly immersive world-building, the most delicious of court intrigues, and a sibling rivalry for the ages. Eva and Isa are rival heirs, meaning one of them must kill the other for the right to become queen. It’s how things are done in Ternain. A Queen of Gilded Horns is a strong sequel (although slightly slower in pace and with an ending that feels a tad rushed) and a must for fans of book one. The characters are just as strong. The pl A River of Royal Blood is one of my favorite YA fantasies. Utterly immersive world-building, the most delicious of court intrigues, and a sibling rivalry for the ages. Eva and Isa are rival heirs, meaning one of them must kill the other for the right to become queen. It’s how things are done in Ternain. A Queen of Gilded Horns is a strong sequel (although slightly slower in pace and with an ending that feels a tad rushed) and a must for fans of book one. The characters are just as strong. The plot twists will keep you guessing. And Prince Aketo… *swoons*. It’s in this book, told from multiple perspectives, that we get to experience the conflict between rival heirs Eva and Isadore (as well as the rising tensions between humans and magically gifted khimaer) from multiple angles. A satisfying conclusion to a great fantasy duology.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my own opinion. This series has resided in my mind ever since I read the first book back in early December, 2019. When I say "resided in my mind", I mean I've been thinking about Eva and this world constantly. I have read maaaaany YA fantasy books. I love a lot of them. But some series are special in the way they resonate with your soul, so deeply they're a part of you, and that when The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my own opinion. This series has resided in my mind ever since I read the first book back in early December, 2019. When I say "resided in my mind", I mean I've been thinking about Eva and this world constantly. I have read maaaaany YA fantasy books. I love a lot of them. But some series are special in the way they resonate with your soul, so deeply they're a part of you, and that when you have a bad day, you think about it and smile with nostalgia and reminiscence. This is what this duology means to me. Eva is such a strong role-model. I love how strong-willed she is and how opinionated she is. She holds on to her beliefs, admits her flaws and wrongs. She grows from them, she learns from them. It isn't that she isn't afraid. It's her need to make things right that drives her, and that is not only admirable, but also rare. My favorite kind of antagonist is the misunderstood one. The one who does 'bad things' but doesn't necessarily have 'bad' intentions. That has always been Isa for me, and she doesn't disappoint. She's a force to be reckoned with. She struggles with what she wants, yet she knows who she is, flaws and strengths. That is also rare. Aketo, Falun, Bacchia as well as Mother Ysai and Anali complete this magnificent cast. Everyone with their distinct personalities and quirks, they are all so well developed that if you give me a line, I'd be able to tell you who would say it. The world-building and setting are one of the lushest I've ever read. With every page that I read, I kept wondering, How Did Amanda Joy Come Up with So Many Details???? They were expertly weaved into the narration and the story as if they belonged there, like a thread that if you pulled, everything would unravel. The intricacy in this novel blew my mind away, but Bacchia's humor and Eva's wit drew me back to the story. That and the feeling of being chased by thousands of the Queen's Guards. Myre feels like home to me. Part the characters, part the spectacular world-building, part the excellent writing. But I think what really did me in was the themes. As a person who comes from two countries and cultures, the reoccurring theme of having one foot in one identity and the other foot in another, that went straight to my heart. Amanda Joy weaved that theme so well that I felt understood. A country that was taken from its rightful citizens, freedom stolen away. People who did the best they could to survive and sacrificed so much for a brighter future. The themes in this book make my heart ache in agony for what they went through and smile at the characters' light and perseverance. The book does follow a semi-unusual structure, as in we're moving all the way until 90% in the book. We do receive a well-done and well-deserving resolution. I loved all decisions pertaining the ending. As a huge fan, I got my closure with tears in my eyes as I knew that this is the final book. But I'd have liked to have at least one more scene with Isa to see her thoughts at the end. Eva, Isa, Bacchia, Aketo, and the others are one of the most delightful casts I've ever read. This world, the author's choices, as well as the core of the story (sisterhood and the beauty of who you are no matter what you look like) make this book stand out from miles away. A Queen of Gilded Horns is an outstanding conclusion to a mesmerizing duology that will forever hold my heart and thoughts. And the author is an instant-buy for me. I don't need to read the summary of her next book. I'll buy it and continue on my merry way, knowing I'll love the journey. A million stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Author: Amanda Joy Publisher: Penguin Teen

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kaley

    Quick Stats Overall: 4.5 stars Characters:4.5/5 Plot:5/5 Setting:5/5 Writing:4/5 This review might not make a ton of sense if you haven’t read my review of A River of Royal Blood, so feel free to do so here. Once again, Amanda Joy drew me head first into a lush, magical world. The world-building remains my favorite part of the duology, and I genuinely have nothing negative to say on that point. It’s beautiful and perfect to escape into (because who doesn’t use reading as a form of escapism?). We got a Quick Stats Overall: 4.5 stars Characters:4.5/5 Plot:5/5 Setting:5/5 Writing:4/5 This review might not make a ton of sense if you haven’t read my review of A River of Royal Blood, so feel free to do so here. Once again, Amanda Joy drew me head first into a lush, magical world. The world-building remains my favorite part of the duology, and I genuinely have nothing negative to say on that point. It’s beautiful and perfect to escape into (because who doesn’t use reading as a form of escapism?). We got a lot more characterization in this book, which was great! I loved watching Eva, Aketo, and even Isa grow as characters. Especially Isa. She felt very underdeveloped in the first book, but she really gets her time to shine in the A Queen of Gilded Horns and I am here for it! We learn a lot about her personality, her motivations, and just why she is who she is, which was something I felt was lacking in ARoRB. I liked the split POV, although I kept getting confused for a minute when it switched back to Eva, because it went from third person to first person. Not in a bad way, just like, wait, what just happened I thought this book was in third person? But I stopped getting so jarred about halfway through the book. Then we get back to Falun. Falun was my least favorite character in the first book, simply because he has no point. He felt as if he was only there for tokenized LGBTQ+ rep. He had no point. I was really hoping he would have more of a point in this book. He didn’t. He actually had less of a point. A few more bi characters were present in this book—still a bit tokenized, but at least less blatantly—so what little purpose he served in the first book, ceased to exist in this one. He was there, but only ever mentioned in passing. I still maintain that the series would have been stronger if his character simply didn’t exist. The plot twist (I guess you can call it that?) at the end did surprise me. It made sense, kind of. All the clues were there, but there was no real explanation given, so it fell hollow. The entire ending wrapped up too quickly. A lot of things needed some explaining. They just happened with little to no solid reason behind it other than that’s what needed to happen to achieve a happy ending. However, the plot and writing were otherwise very good. I didn’t have any issues with awkwardness in the writing and dialogue like I did in the first book. Everything flowed smoothly up until the ending. The plot kept me hooked from the start and I think that how good it was throughout made the lackluster ending all the more jarring. Despite its faults, it was a solid conclusion to a great—and grossly underrated!—fantasy duology.

  15. 4 out of 5

    cassberrie

    2.5 stars? After really enjoying the first book, A River of Royal Blood, I was eager to pick up on where Eva and Isa's journeys left off! Sadly, this book fell short of my expectations and ended up being somewhat disappointing in where the plot went and how the story unfolded. First, the plot itself was somewhat meandering. A lot of it was spent doing... nothing, really. People having conversations and debating stuff without much actual action. I was hoping to see Eva confront the responsibilitie 2.5 stars? After really enjoying the first book, A River of Royal Blood, I was eager to pick up on where Eva and Isa's journeys left off! Sadly, this book fell short of my expectations and ended up being somewhat disappointing in where the plot went and how the story unfolded. First, the plot itself was somewhat meandering. A lot of it was spent doing... nothing, really. People having conversations and debating stuff without much actual action. I was hoping to see Eva confront the responsibilities of being a queen candidate and what it means to rule, and how systems of government are specifically set up to prevent change that would improve the lives of the oppressed. The first book had a much clearer direction and purpose, with the characters working toward unlocking Eva's powers so that she might survive the duel with her sister. Unfortunately, this 2nd book ended up spending a lot of time focusing on things that felt almost trivial in the grand scheme of things, with too many side characters and different POVs that didn't do much to add to the overall story, imo. Ysbai had the potential to be an interesting foil to Eva, one who might challenge Eva's thoughts on governing and her conviction to be queen, but Ysbai ended up not really mattering. Baccha was my favorite character in the first book, and I was eager to learn more about his history as such an influential immortal, but he was under-utilized by the plot, kept relatively nerf-ed throughout the whole thing. The central relationship is the tense sisterhood between Eva and Isa, and it was fun to watch that unfurl. All of the other relationships are pretty bland, though, from the Eva/Aketo romance to the flirtation between Isa and her LI that could have been interesting if it'd been given time to the relatively straightforward dynamic that Eva had with her extended family. All in all, this book was meandering and oddly paced, with much of the action that I was actually interested in happening in the last... 7% of the book?? What saved this book was my interest in the lore and residual affection for the first book, plus maybe some love for Isa's POV, but for the most part, I was disappointed with how things got hashed out. I think this book might have benefited from getting the trilogy treatment so that Amanda Joy could have fully fleshed out her many ideas that were teased at in the first book but under-developed in this 2nd.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vera

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book! A Queen of Gilded Horns is the sequel to A River of Royal Blood. I enjoyed A River of Royal Blood quite a bit, and I was very much looking forward to the sequel. A River of Royal Blood is told almost exclusively from the perspective of Eva, the younger princess, and I had this thought while I was reading it that the one thing that would have made it better would be if it had been told in alternatin Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book! A Queen of Gilded Horns is the sequel to A River of Royal Blood. I enjoyed A River of Royal Blood quite a bit, and I was very much looking forward to the sequel. A River of Royal Blood is told almost exclusively from the perspective of Eva, the younger princess, and I had this thought while I was reading it that the one thing that would have made it better would be if it had been told in alternating perspectives between the two princesses. A Queen of Gilded Horns is told in multiple perspectives (yay!) but actually it suffers from being told from too many perspectives, and from only Eva's perspective being in first person. It was kind of a jarring read, since it switched between so many characters. I also found the plot to be incredibly slow, since most of the book is just Eva wandering around gathering allies and trying to figure out what to do with her sister. The only thing that really saved it for me is that I love several of the supporting characters, especially Prince Aketo and Captain Anali, and I also generally love the world-building in this series. I find the struggle between the humans and the khimaer to be very interesting, and I'd like to know more about all four types of sentient beings who occupy this world. I really would have loved more from Isa's perspective, since the whole series is built on the conflict between the two princesses, and I don't think there was really enough conflict in this book. Everything tied up nicely at the end, but I was left a bit unsatisfied. While the world-building is lovely and many of the characters are interesting, unfortunately this book just fell a bit short for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    3 Stars Ahhh man, I did want to love this book. There was so much potential after the ending of the first book, but alas it all fell a bit flat for me. The biggest problem was structure. We really should have arrived at the Enclosure far earlier; we don't get there until two thirds through, and the ending is incredibly rushed. Meanwhile the first two thirds of the story lacked tension and were very slow and meandering. Baccha was my favourite character in the first book, but in this instalment his 3 Stars Ahhh man, I did want to love this book. There was so much potential after the ending of the first book, but alas it all fell a bit flat for me. The biggest problem was structure. We really should have arrived at the Enclosure far earlier; we don't get there until two thirds through, and the ending is incredibly rushed. Meanwhile the first two thirds of the story lacked tension and were very slow and meandering. Baccha was my favourite character in the first book, but in this instalment his and Ysai's plot line in particular slowed the pace without the narrative pay off to make it feel worthwhile. I also feel like this story might have been better told if Isa was the main POV, with Eva being the only other POV, perhaps a 60%-40% split between the two. Isa's chapters were by far the most interesting, and I wanted to see more of her character development as what we did get was really compelling. The sibling relationship is easily the best part of this series and the main reason this is getting a 3* from me instead of a 2.5* (as well as the writing style, which is above average for YA), though I do think it could have been executed better simply by there being MORE of it. I wanted to see more of the girls' mother too; having her only appear at the end (view spoiler)[and be very quickly defeated (hide spoiler)] just felt like wasted potential. This is a debut series, and as the problems were mostly structural rather than to do with character, theme or writing style, I would definitely still be interested in checking out future novels by this author. This one, however - not for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caden

    3.75/5 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for sending me an E-ARC of this book for an honest review. Amanda Joy's writing is so beautiful, and I fell in love with this world and its characters in the first book. This was such a fun sequel that not only expands on the world and the characters we fell in love with in the first book, but also has a plot that will pull you in from the first page. One of my favorite things about this book was learning more about Isadore's character 3.75/5 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for sending me an E-ARC of this book for an honest review. Amanda Joy's writing is so beautiful, and I fell in love with this world and its characters in the first book. This was such a fun sequel that not only expands on the world and the characters we fell in love with in the first book, but also has a plot that will pull you in from the first page. One of my favorite things about this book was learning more about Isadore's character. She was such an interesting character, and I liked seeing her and Eva's relationship develop over the course of this book. I did have a few issues with this book. One was that the entire ending felt very rushed. There were also a few questions that I had about characters and the plot, and all of it felt like it was wrapped up in a pretty bow way too quickly. The only other thing I didn't love about this book was actually the romance. Usually, the romance is my favorite part of any book, but for this series, I felt as if the romance wasn't necessary. The romantic plot felt second in terms to everything else, and I found myself not really that invested in any of the romances. Overall, I thought that this was a good sequel. I really recommend this series to everyone because it is such a pretty, unique, fantastical YA Fantasy! Thanks for reading! Caden

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    A Queen of Gilded Horns is the last book of A River of Royal Blood duology and it’s the perfect ending to this magical royal fantasy. The narrative in A River of Royal Blood came only from Eva but in AQoGH we hear from a variety of characters, including Isa who I was so curious to get to know through her perspective. I enjoyed the variety of different perspectives and gathering insight in to the other characters. The world building is phenomenal! There’s political intrigue that is so tangled and A Queen of Gilded Horns is the last book of A River of Royal Blood duology and it’s the perfect ending to this magical royal fantasy. The narrative in A River of Royal Blood came only from Eva but in AQoGH we hear from a variety of characters, including Isa who I was so curious to get to know through her perspective. I enjoyed the variety of different perspectives and gathering insight in to the other characters. The world building is phenomenal! There’s political intrigue that is so tangled and corrupt and a host of unique magical beings which combined makes for a complex atmosphere where no one can be trusted. Family pitted against family, friend against friend, there were times I wasn’t quite sure what the underlying motivation of each character was but it’s wrapped up tightly at the end, much to my satisfaction! Eva is a character that I can get behind and root for; she is an underdog who has fought for her beliefs despite being met with a harsh and unloving mother, a talented beautiful sister – who could possibly murder her for the crown, and feelings of inadequacy based on classism throughout the country she lives in. This is a duology I’d recommend to any fan of fantasy with compelling world building and an intricate plot that carries a strong message! My thanks to Penguin Teen for gifting me a DRC of A Queen of Gilded Horns for review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca Mee

    3.5/5 stars: The Queen of Gilded Horns was a satisfactory follow up to A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD that shows Eva on the run and on a quest to find out more about her heritage with her sister Isa as her prisoner. It has been such a long time since I read the first book that I felt lost in the first half of the book. While that is not a reflection on the book itself or the author's skill, it did signifcantly hamper how immersed I felt in the book and thus my enjoyment of the book. One of my issues wit 3.5/5 stars: The Queen of Gilded Horns was a satisfactory follow up to A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD that shows Eva on the run and on a quest to find out more about her heritage with her sister Isa as her prisoner. It has been such a long time since I read the first book that I felt lost in the first half of the book. While that is not a reflection on the book itself or the author's skill, it did signifcantly hamper how immersed I felt in the book and thus my enjoyment of the book. One of my issues with the first book was that we were limited to just Eva's perspective in a story that was marketed to be about sisters. Thankfully, not only do we have scenes from Isadore's perspective (which is awesome!), but we get Baccha's, Aketo's and a new character named Ysai's perspectives as well. I thought that doing this worked really well for the author and how she propelled the story forward. I also noticed that the quality of the author's writing itself has been improved since her debut as well. I loved getting deeper with these characters, especially the female characters such as Isadore that were really well developed and complex. The ending itself though felt a little underwhelming, but I loved seeing Eva and Isa work together to survive and to navigate their complicated relationship. THE QUEEN OF GILDED HORNS is a story about owning who you are and the complicated dynamics between sisters who are pitted against each other.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    I am really starting to get on the duology bandwagon. I love how stories like this can bring so much together like they do. I think I am adjusting to this author's writing style as well. She tends to be more of a slow burn writer who brings the vivid world building and characters into shape before the racing ending comes sliding in to seal the deal. I am not one who is huge on political intrigue but I love how she ties this into her plot without it feeling overbearing. My favorite part that sepa I am really starting to get on the duology bandwagon. I love how stories like this can bring so much together like they do. I think I am adjusting to this author's writing style as well. She tends to be more of a slow burn writer who brings the vivid world building and characters into shape before the racing ending comes sliding in to seal the deal. I am not one who is huge on political intrigue but I love how she ties this into her plot without it feeling overbearing. My favorite part that separates this from book one the most is the sisters. Having a few more portions of Isa and not just Eva really made their dynamic more complex and intriguing the deeper I got. The themes in this second book were related to things like classism and prejudices and weaves the topics beautifully into a well delivered message for the readers. I loved the growth of the characters and have a loving fascination for the magic system Joy has built in this world. I would have preferred less of the multiple POVs and think that a focus on just the sisters POVs really would've been a great touch. The pacing is slower than I typically like and the ending did feel a smidge rushed to me. I feel that the ending lacked something. I am not sure if it is because the conflict wasn't really large enough or because it comes together fairly quickly. I just feel a sense of too perfect in sense. I am excited to see what Joy comes up with next in her future endeavors. I have found a lot of traits that I enjoyed in her books and look forward to more of her work. I want to thank Penguin Teen for this gifted ARC in exchange for an honest review and bringing this author to my shelves. True rating 3.5/5.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Eva is desperate for answers about her past. But now on the run with Aketo, a small group of guards, and her sister Isa as a "pioneer", Eva hopes of finding answers in the north. She also desperately wants to make peace with her sister, as she believes that's what's best for the Queendom, but Princess Isa is being difficult and is showing no remorse for what she's done. Without Baccha to help guide her magick Eva must find a way on her own to finally take the Ivory Throne. I was honestly disappoi Eva is desperate for answers about her past. But now on the run with Aketo, a small group of guards, and her sister Isa as a "pioneer", Eva hopes of finding answers in the north. She also desperately wants to make peace with her sister, as she believes that's what's best for the Queendom, but Princess Isa is being difficult and is showing no remorse for what she's done. Without Baccha to help guide her magick Eva must find a way on her own to finally take the Ivory Throne. I was honestly disappointed because I really enjoyed the first book and was so excited for this one, but it just fell short. There was a lot going on, but then at the same time, I felt like it crawled a lot as well. I could read 100 pages and sit back and think about what happened and realize that there wasn't much. Until the last maybe 50 pages - it was definitely rushed at the end. That was where I wish it would have slowed down and to make a little more sense. All this stuff was being built up but then things were supposedly resolved in just a few pages. It just ended suddenly for me. The world building that Amanda Joy made in this duology is amazing and has so much more story I would love to hear about. We got a handful of it, but there are so many more stories I would also love to hear - Aketo and stories about growing up in the cages, Baccha and his wandering years and working more for the Mother (we got a little information on this, but it's Baccha! there's an entire book just on his history). Overall A Queen of Gilded Horns answers questions left unanswered in the first novel, but felt rushed towards the end. I was happy with the story (stories) told throughout the duology and the world building was fantastical.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    I'm giving this book a 3.5. While I enjoyed it, I didn't feel like it was as exciting as the first book. So much was going on in the first book. It was full of excitement, while this one was charming, but not as action-packed. It was nice to get all the relationship building, but I felt like that was all that happened in this book. There were two big action scenes, and they were rather anticlimactic. It's even more disappointing because the first book was so good and intriguing. While I'm satisf I'm giving this book a 3.5. While I enjoyed it, I didn't feel like it was as exciting as the first book. So much was going on in the first book. It was full of excitement, while this one was charming, but not as action-packed. It was nice to get all the relationship building, but I felt like that was all that happened in this book. There were two big action scenes, and they were rather anticlimactic. It's even more disappointing because the first book was so good and intriguing. While I'm satisfied with the end, I just wish the rest of the book was as interesting. I wish I had more to say in this, but the book was just ok, so I don't have a lot to gush about, and my complaints are already here. I'm not sure I'd recommend this series. I really want to because the world was so beautiful but at the same time, this book was just boring and nothing really happened. I guess, I suggest reading the first book and asking a friend what happened in this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Because I had read the first book around the time it was published, I had completely forgotten all the details of whatever happened. I went into this book hoping that the author summarized all the main points from book one and short descriptions on who was who. However, that didn't happen. Maybe I should have just reread the first book before jumping into this one because I felt like it impacted how I'm reviewing this book now. I kind of got a gist of what happened, but none of the feelings and Because I had read the first book around the time it was published, I had completely forgotten all the details of whatever happened. I went into this book hoping that the author summarized all the main points from book one and short descriptions on who was who. However, that didn't happen. Maybe I should have just reread the first book before jumping into this one because I felt like it impacted how I'm reviewing this book now. I kind of got a gist of what happened, but none of the feelings and emotions were there. I understood that there was a hate relationship between the two sisters, but I didn't feel the hate. I also felt like the ending wrapped up too quickly and too easily. Overall, this wasn't a bad book, but I wished the author provided context from the first book. Would I recommend this book? Unsure for now. My review is a little biased since I can't remember a lot of the details from the first book. Would recommend doing a reread.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandie Shanae Bridges

    This book was one of my highly anticipated reads and I was so excited to know and read the final conclusion of this book. Well................... I was really disappointed in the conclusion and felt like the ending of the book was rushed with no creativity. I immediately fell in love with the first book and was eager to learn more about Eva (who is the main character) and find out more about her father and his family. The beginning of book was amazing it started from where we left off in the fir This book was one of my highly anticipated reads and I was so excited to know and read the final conclusion of this book. Well................... I was really disappointed in the conclusion and felt like the ending of the book was rushed with no creativity. I immediately fell in love with the first book and was eager to learn more about Eva (who is the main character) and find out more about her father and his family. The beginning of book was amazing it started from where we left off in the first book, which was amazing. Though as you get closer to the end of the book it seemed to drag a little bit and so as I reached the finish line the ending was not what I was expecting. I really wished that there was more to the ending. Now these are my own opinions and as I am writing this review I have literally just finished the book after reading the ending multiple times to try to give it another chance. To me with how it ended I wished there was a third book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Keegan

    I really liked this end to the duology! I worried like it couldn't wrap up on time, but Joy pulled it all together and made it work! I love the characters, the complexity of the world, the different peoples, the history, all of it. Her descriptions (ex. Of the Aerie) are so well done! I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work! Some slightly critical observations - Joy loves to use color words -- cerulean, lapis, etc. I'm not that attuned to colors personally, so despite liking the sound of th I really liked this end to the duology! I worried like it couldn't wrap up on time, but Joy pulled it all together and made it work! I love the characters, the complexity of the world, the different peoples, the history, all of it. Her descriptions (ex. Of the Aerie) are so well done! I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work! Some slightly critical observations - Joy loves to use color words -- cerulean, lapis, etc. I'm not that attuned to colors personally, so despite liking the sound of the fancy color words, I wouldn't have minded if she'd just stuck with blue. Sometimes, I was curious about some color terms and looked them up to be sure I knew the colors. Although it was lovely, it felt a little distracting from the story. I will be curious if she continues this as her writing continues to develop. - I didn't love the mix of first person and third person perspectives. I would have liked to have stuck to one or the other (probably 3rd person in this story)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    I received a free eARC via NetGalley and PenguinTeen in exchange for an honest review. Eva has fled Ternain with her guard and a captive Isa in tow. She has gone in search for answers to stunning revelations that occurred on the evening of her nameday and to find a way to bring peace between her sister and herself, before one kills the other. My favorite part about this sequel is Isa’s character growth. She changed so much over the course of the journey the characters take. I really like how her I received a free eARC via NetGalley and PenguinTeen in exchange for an honest review. Eva has fled Ternain with her guard and a captive Isa in tow. She has gone in search for answers to stunning revelations that occurred on the evening of her nameday and to find a way to bring peace between her sister and herself, before one kills the other. My favorite part about this sequel is Isa’s character growth. She changed so much over the course of the journey the characters take. I really like how her arch was resolved, especially after she battled her internal demons. The world building is so rich in this book. Every time I sat down to read, I forgot where I was. I was transported to Myre in an instant. This was the ending this duology deserved. I loved every minute. Highly recommend this pair of books. 5/5

  28. 5 out of 5

    ♡Ellie

    Leading female character(s), strength, courage, with such incredible world building! What’s not to LOVE about this duology series! I love fantasy novels, but it’s rare for me to really find a fantasy novel that checks all the boxes for me. In the first novel, A River of Royal Blood, we are introduced to Isa and Eva, and I highly recommend that you begin your journey with this novel there, because what’s to come in this sequel, will just wrap up the entire story for you like a beautiful little gi Leading female character(s), strength, courage, with such incredible world building! What’s not to LOVE about this duology series! I love fantasy novels, but it’s rare for me to really find a fantasy novel that checks all the boxes for me. In the first novel, A River of Royal Blood, we are introduced to Isa and Eva, and I highly recommend that you begin your journey with this novel there, because what’s to come in this sequel, will just wrap up the entire story for you like a beautiful little gift ready to be unwrapped and read any time you want to revisit this magical world. It’s definitely hard to believe though that this series is completed in only 2 books, I feel like it definitely had the potential to become a series like that of AEITA or ACOTAR. A little disappointed that it ended so quickly, but who’s to say we will never hear from these characters again in the future. *fingers crossed* Excited to reread this one for years to come!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mel Braxton

    This is a bit of a tricky review to write. I'm absolutely obsessed with this story, but I deeply wish this series had been a trilogy instead of a duology. While A Queen of Gilded Horns provided a brilliant conclusion to this rival heirs plot, the storytelling was undeniably rushed. At her best, Amanda Joy is an amazing storyteller. This worldbuilding and drama, the prose and complex characters. While the first half of the book highlights the best of Amanda Joy, the second half feels like a longer This is a bit of a tricky review to write. I'm absolutely obsessed with this story, but I deeply wish this series had been a trilogy instead of a duology. While A Queen of Gilded Horns provided a brilliant conclusion to this rival heirs plot, the storytelling was undeniably rushed. At her best, Amanda Joy is an amazing storyteller. This worldbuilding and drama, the prose and complex characters. While the first half of the book highlights the best of Amanda Joy, the second half feels like a longer story forced to fit within constraints. This makes me a little sad. This story had so much potential, and I'm confused why it was released in this way. Regardless, Amanda Joy has enraptured me, and I eagerly anticipate her next release.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caro Richard

    I loved A River of Royal Blood so couldn't wait to read this. And I did really enjoy it. Maybe a tiny little bit slow in parts but loved the old history that came out and all the secrets that were revealed. The cast of characters in this duology were just amazing! Baddies written with just the right amount of evil and the goodies weren't portrayed as angels either which I really liked. Aketo is still my main dude and him and Eva made my heart sing although I would've loved to feel their connecti I loved A River of Royal Blood so couldn't wait to read this. And I did really enjoy it. Maybe a tiny little bit slow in parts but loved the old history that came out and all the secrets that were revealed. The cast of characters in this duology were just amazing! Baddies written with just the right amount of evil and the goodies weren't portrayed as angels either which I really liked. Aketo is still my main dude and him and Eva made my heart sing although I would've loved to feel their connection a bit more. I liked the different povs in this book, especially Isa's. But there was one character who I did not like, Ysai. I won't say anymore but if you read, you'll see! I really hope there is more from this world, especially featuring Baccha!!!

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