Series: Gravemaidens # 2
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Dark Fantasy
Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu,
Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the
city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer,
especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of
death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide
whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.
But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.
Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.
the action-packed conclusion to the heart wrenching Gravemaidens fantasy
duology. Just a few moons after Kammani, her sister Nanaea, Simti, Arwia, the
displaced Queen of Alu, Nasu, and brother Kasha escaped the tomb in Alu, they have
found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. Kammani has become a respected
healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of
death. But, while Simti is preparing to be married, she’s having second
thoughts about accepting that one day Dagan may be her husband, and as such,
would be her legal guardian. Any hope she may have of becoming a full-time
healer, would quickly come to an ending.
Just after a ceremony where Manzazu Sarratum Tabni gifts Kammani
with the symbol of Linaza, Goddess of War and Love, to be used whenever she
needs help, and Simit’s wedding, an assassin murders a healer, Arwia, who was
training Kammani to be an even better healer and attempts to kill Nanaea who is
supposed to be dead. Kammani and the maidens realize they’ve been found by the
usurper King, Uruke. Hungry for revenge, Nanaea wants to strike back at Uruke
with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that
war harms more than it heals, especially the poor. To save the innocents and
any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani mst be the one take down Alu’s
ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.
As Kammani, Dagan, Nanaea, Iltani, Nasu, and Kasha are
heading towards Alu, rumors spread that Uruke is killing anyone who opposes his
rule. Uruke has commandeered most of the fields and forced Dagan’s brothers to
slave away in the field while their mother is being kept captive because Dagan
found a way to escape with Kammani and the others. To make matters even more
stressful Iltani is caught and ends up being party of a bridal gifting to
anyone who has the money to pay for a wife. Oh, we are just getting started!
Plans unravel quickly when an ally decides that she wants revenge for the
murder of her own son, and Uruke someone manages to survive being poisoned.
I loved how Kammani and her sister bonded over a harsh environment which could end up with both of them dead. Unlike the first book when she was all excited to be a bride to the deceased King, this time she’s actively involved in helping Kammani with costumes they need to pass in order to assassinate Uruke and put Arwia on the throne where she belongs. Kammani is a fascinating character in that she has honest regrets about killing someone since she’s made a vow to do no harm. Even during battle, she finds ways of offering comfort to both allies and enemies alike, as well as others who are caught in the crossfire. The story is more action packed then the first book and a bit chaotic at times which worked well to illustrate the difficulties Kammani and her crew are up against. I am not angry with the ending. Kammani made a choice and stuck with it from the beginning to the end when it came to marrying Dagan and remaining a healer. Why give up something you love when you can have both?