The Queen of Traitors (The Fallen World #2)

“Flesh and bone aren’t meant to contain all this. The mind shouldn’t stay sane when the world’s fallen to chaos, and love shouldn’t be able to grow in the wastelands of our consciences.
But, God save us all, it does.
It does.”

 

Summary
Confused, trapped, threatened. Serenity wakes up as a prisoner of people who want to get information out of her by any means necessary. There is just one problem – she doesn’t remember anything. The only thing she knows is that she is very important to the Immortal King. And he wants to get her back. Badly.

Writing
I feel that at this point it’s kind of pointless to comment on Laura Thalassa’s writing style. It’s just as enjoyable to read as always.

Characters
Those characters are just as sick and twisted as they were in the first book. Though I have to admit, I actually enjoyed that. They are aware that they are cruel and dysfunctional, but somehow they take great pleasure in it. It’s kind of refreshing.

To enjoy the relationship between Montes and Serenity I had to force myself to forget that the 1st book in this trilogy exists. And even though this time their sex is consensual (wow, what else could you want), the relations between them are still dysfunctional. Montes is extremely toxic and controlling and Serenity is clearly bothered by this. Plus, the power imbalance in this relationship really bothered me. It felt almost like a master/slave dynamic. Serenity has any sort of power only and only if Montes allowed it. She is his subject more than she is his wife.

Plot
The story actually managed to surprise me. And in a good way. After finishing the first book I was expecting something more repetitive, obvious and cheap. I am really glad I was wrong.

* * * SPOILER AHEAD * * *

I was really annoyed when I found out that Serenity was pregnant. For me, that meant that I wouldn’t be finishing this trilogy, since I really don’t like reading about pregnancy/having kids etc. And knowing Laura Thalassa’s love for happy endings I really didn’t think that she would choose to resolve it the way she did. And I am really happy I was wrong. For a couple of reasons. Firstly – I am selfish and I really wanted to finish this trilogy. But also this was so unlike her that I never saw that coming. It worked very well with the story and it pushed it in a really interesting direction.

* * * END OF SPOILER * * *

Overall
I still think that this book shouldn’t be read by younger teens. And not because of smut – you can read as much smut as you want, I would be the last person to tell you that you shouldn’t do it. It’s because this book romanticizes abuse.

Still, it’s just as addictive to read as the rest of Laura’s novels. And it’s definitely much better than the first book in this trilogy.

4

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