My Review: 3/5 Stars
Title: Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2)
Author: Kelly Coon
Format: eBook (NetGalley)
Publication Date: 12/15/20
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.
In the refuge city-state of Manzazu, Kammani has built a thriving healing practice and a life she’s proud of with her siblings, the maidens, and her love, Dagan.
But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill Arwia, the displaced queen of Alu, they realize they’re not safe in their safe little haven anymore. Uruku, the usurper to Alu’s throne, has found out they escaped the tomb and must kill them to protect his newly acquired power.
Burning for retribution, the ruler of Manzazu wants to unleash her fiercest weapons on Alu–her warmaidens. But when Kammani’s best friend, Iltani, is captured, Kammani must use her intuition and her heart to restore Arwia to the throne before the life she’s built–and a future with Dagan–burn up in the flames of war.
Thank you to Random House Children’s and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.
My Attention: read in five days
World Building: scenery is written wonderfully as in Gravemaidens
Writing Style: easy to read
Crazy in Love: Kammani and Dagan are already in love, Kammani just doesn’t want to be a “wife”
Creativity: Kammani’s life is in danger and they have to get Uruku off the throne
Triggers: violence, grief, misogyny
My Takeaway: You don’t have to give up your dreams when you fall in love with someone.
- Iltani was my favorite in the first book, Gravemaidens and she comes back again with her sassy, wild self. She has the most personality out of all the characters. The women power vibes of Kammani and her crew were present in this book which is great.
- Dagan is still trying to get Kammani to marry him but she’s worried about balancing her dreams, life and love. What if she doesn’t want children? What if she doesn’t want marriage? I like that the author let Kammani be happy without these things. The message I got was that it was okay to be independent and in love too.
- A lot of things go wrong in this book, but I like that no matter what, the friends/families work together to achieve their goal.
- I liked Gravemaidens more than this one because it was darker and more mysterious than Warmaidens. This is described as a dark story, but it didn’t feel that way at all.
- Other than Iltani, I felt no connection to anyone else.
- The way the characters planned out how to take down Uruku felt naive or amateurish, and it was – considering none of them were cold blooded killers, but I lost interest many times when it felt like their plans didn’t feel well thought out.
Though it’s not my favorite book in the duology, I think Warmaidens is a solid conclusion to this series. My favorite character Iltani really came through in personality, and she made the book fun to read. Kammani’s internal questions about how to be in love and not lose her independence really resonated with me and I’m glad to see her make her own choices. If you like stories about family, sisterhood, women power and romance, then you would enjoy this series.
💗 ~ Yolanda