Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
With visceral imagery & a strong sense of dramatic tension, Hannah Whitten’s fantasies know how to really grab a reader.
The Foxglove King features another badass heroine—Lore can actually use Mortem (basically death energy, I would call it) as a necromancing weapon. In other words, she can use the Death in something that’s dead to temporarily bring it back to twisted life.
This gets her into a bit of trouble of course, & against her will she’s captured by the Presque Mort monks (a body associated with the Church that regulates Mortem in society-sanctioned ways) & brought to the attention of the royals.
Throughout the fantasy Lore has unique experiences & relationships with the more visibly angsty monk Gabe & the supposed charmer Prince Bastian, both of whom can offer Lore something & both of whom she has some reason not to run to.
There’s lots of actions in this fantasy, lots of tension, & Whitten handles the emotions with skill. It’s always emotionally affecting when a lead wants someone they know they shouldn’t, & Gabe’s turmoil is both captivating for the reader & frustrating.
The ending offers a small sense of reprieve but also uncertainty—I have no idea where this story is going next & I love that.
Check this author out if you want fantasy with some smooching.
4.5⭐️. Out now!
[ID: the ebook is on a wood table. Above it is a vase of red tulips & to the left is a white tote bag that says “my weekend is all booked.”]
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