The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell

The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #2

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The Hollows is gripped in unrest and on the brink of civil war as an insurgency of anarchists rise, and brother and sister vie for the throne in the second novel in the critically hailed Legacy of the Mercenary King series which Brandon Sanderson called “excellent.”

Michael Kingman thought he was going to die by the executioner’s axe, forever labeled as a traitor. Still alive, and under the protection of the Orbis Mercenary company, Michael and his family and friends are deeply involved in the seemingly rival conspiracies that are tearing The Hollows apart. With the death of the King, both the Corrupt Prince and his sister Serena are vying for the throne, while the Rebel Emperor is spreading lies amongst the people, and all of them want Michael dead. This is a story of betrayal, murder, and rebellion, and in this direct sequel to the debut novel The Kingdom of Liars, also some hope for justice.

For readers who love the intrigue and widening scope of epic fantasy like Sanderson’s Mistborn and Week’s The Black Prism, you will find your next must-read fantasy series.

My thoughts

I read this directly after the first book in the series, The Kingdom Of Liars, and The Two-Faced Queen continues on from that book seamlessly.

It was very easy to get into but I found it then bogged itself down a bit by introducing two new story arcs at almost the same time. Although it wasn’t confusing in any way, I had to push myself to keep reading through this rather busy/too-much-happening-at-once section but then one of the two story arcs was resolved and I started enjoying it again. I have to say that once that happened the story got more and more engrossing and I couldn’t put it down.

I’ve really enjoyed both these books and will definitely be on the lookout for book 3.

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