cover image For the Throne

For the Throne

Hannah Whitten. Orbit, $17.99 trade paper (496p) ISBN 978-0-316-59281-9

The fairy tale world of Whitten’s Wilderwood duology hangs in the balance in the thrilling sequel to For the Wolf. Book one left twins Red and Neve Valedren separated and determined to find each other. Neve is trapped in the Shadowlands below, a land of old gods, old kings, and old bones, while above, Red and her love, Eammon, have become something like demigods and set free all those who were previously bound to the Wilderwood forest. Whitten sets up the sisters’ personalities and circumstances as mirrors as they fight their way back to each other. But the longer Neve remains in the Shadowlands in the company of Solmir, one of the legendary Five Kings, the more she realizes that her focus must be on more than just getting back to Red. The Shadowlands are crumbling as the old gods die, their power siphoned to the nefarious Five Kings, who are just as desperate to return to the world above as Neve is. Now Neve must find a way to stop the kings while keeping the magic of the Shadowlands from overwhelming her soul. Whitten packs this one with action, twists, and betrayals, and weaves in familiar fairy tale imagery with a light, sure hand. This proves a worthy finale. Agent: Whitney Ross, Irene Goodman Literary. (June)