Sorcery of a Queen (Dragons of Terra, #2)
A fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasyThey called her the Witch Queen...Driven from her kingdom, the would-be queen now seeks haven in the land of her mother, but Ashlyn will not stop until justice has been done. Determined to unlock the secret of powers long thought impossible. Ashlyn bends her will and intellegence to mastering the one thing people always accused her of, sorcery.Meanwhile, having learned the truth of his mutation, Bershad is a man on borrowed time. Never knowing when his healing powers will drive him to a self-destruction, he is determined to see Ashlyn restored to her throne and the creatures they both love safe.

Sorcery of a Queen (Dragons of Terra, #2) Details

TitleSorcery of a Queen (Dragons of Terra, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 11th, 2020
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139781250309679
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GenreFantasy

Sorcery of a Queen (Dragons of Terra, #2) Review

  • James Tivendale
    January 1, 1970
    I received a review copy of Sorcery of a Queen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Brian Naslund and Tor. "Let me get this straight. Sitting on this ship, we have a stranger who claims to be a Witch Queen. An emperor-killing exile. And a notorious thief. In what realm would I bring the three of you within ten leagues of our Eternal Empress Okinu?" After the battle of Floodhaven, we join Bershad, Ashlyn, and Felgor aboard a ship that's sailing North to Papyria. If you were wondering if I received a review copy of Sorcery of a Queen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Brian Naslund and Tor. "Let me get this straight. Sitting on this ship, we have a stranger who claims to be a Witch Queen. An emperor-killing exile. And a notorious thief. In what realm would I bring the three of you within ten leagues of our Eternal Empress Okinu?" After the battle of Floodhaven, we join Bershad, Ashlyn, and Felgor aboard a ship that's sailing North to Papyria. If you were wondering if the sequel to Blood of an Exile was going to be as action-focused and brutal as the first, then Naslund delivers his answer from the very first page. How does a showdown with five Red Skull dragons sound? With the third word in the novel being "goatfuck" for good measure. Sorcery of a Queen is a high-intensity, action-packed, fantasy adventure that features large dollops of humour, as well as science and steampunk elements. It introduces many new players to the already pretty sizeable ensemble yet Sorcery of a Queen never felt confusing to follow. The new characters were mainly incorporated in Jolan's storyline, or lived on Goth Moth island. My memory was so hazy with reference to events that occurred in Blood of an Exile that I was considering a re-read of that book before starting the sequel. I need not have worried, however, as Naslund deftly reminds us of previous important happenings and events without it ever feeling forced. With that being the case, I believe Sorcery of a Queen could be read as a standalone without prior knowledge of the realm of Terra.In addition to the point of view perspectives of Bershad and Ashlyn, we see what is happening around Terra through the eyes of the alchemist Jolan, the widow Vera, the corsair Cabbage, and the guard Castor. All the perspectives were enjoyable to follow. It took me a while to like reading about Jolan in Blood of the Exile but his tale is strong here and includes a same-sex potential relationship. Cabbage was my favourite new character to read about as the corsairs' banter was great but the absolute highlights were presented by the living-legend, dragon-slaying extraordinaire Bershad. For me, Sorcery of a Queen sits somewhere between a 3 or a 4-star read. I upgraded it to 4 on Goodreads as there are many memorable set-pieces, everything wraps up nicely in a way that means I'll definitely read the next entry, and Naslund's enthusiasm for writing fantasy bleeds into the ink on the page. Sorcery of a Queen is a quick, fun fantasy read that is almost never dull. The only boring parts to me is when Ashyln's point of view prints some of master engineer, borderline madman Osyrus Ward's research. Even with those moments, Naslund's Dragons of Terra is an enjoyable fantasy adventure worth racing through.
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  • Nils | nilsreviewsit
    January 1, 1970
    ‬The battle at Floodhaven is over, the fate of the dragons has been decided, yet in the aftermath the lands of Terra are still on the brink of ruin. Blood is still being shed. A mad scientist plans to make his move and the new Balarian Emperor strikes to gain power over Almira. Infested by war, famine, and an age old conflict between nature and science, our main protagonists embark on a dire quest. Ashlyn, Bershad and Felgor journey to Papyrian in hopes of discovering more about Ashlyn’s new fou ‬The battle at Floodhaven is over, the fate of the dragons has been decided, yet in the aftermath the lands of Terra are still on the brink of ruin. Blood is still being shed. A mad scientist plans to make his move and the new Balarian Emperor strikes to gain power over Almira. Infested by war, famine, and an age old conflict between nature and science, our main protagonists embark on a dire quest. Ashlyn, Bershad and Felgor journey to Papyrian in hopes of discovering more about Ashlyn’s new found sorcery. But will the three of them be able to use what they find to save Terra?Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund is a story of endurance against all odds and simultaneously an exploration of what happens when science goes too far. Yet underneath the darkness it is also a tale of endearing companionships in an otherwise brutal world. What makes Sorcery of a Queen a worthy sequel to Blood of an Exile? Well firstly, it’s broader in scope as our protagonists are placed in various locations throughout Terra. We delve deeper into the Dainwood forest, we sail to Papyrian and even a mysterious island beyond. The world-building is enriched with different cultures and practices. Due to this Sorcery of a Queen also inevitably holds a larger cast of characters. Many of our beloved favourites remain significant to the narrative, but we are treated to a variety of new characters too.My beloved Bershad, Ashlyn, and Felgor continued to be as captivating and charming as ever. Their dynamics in Blood of an Exile were some of my favourite parts to read and this sequel holds up to that same standard. No actually, it surpasses it. Through these characters we learn an abundance more about the magic system and it’s unfortunate consequences. Not only that but Naslund shows us that magic is also science, as he gives us scientific plausibility for the way magic is produced. Simply put, he makes the unreal real. Then as their quest became more dangerous, more action packed, and new characters such as Goll, Vash and Wendell joined their band, their bond deepened and along with that came all the banter. Oh how I loved the banter! In fact I very much appreciated the way Naslund layered various degrees of humour throughout the whole book. He included humour ranging from crude, cleverly witted to my favourite of all - dark humour. I’m very much drawn to a grimdark tale that’s laced with well written humour and this didn’t disappoint.‘‘You’ve been brewing potions and tonics all this time, it’s the same general shit, right?”“No,” Jolan said. “It’s not the same general shit. Just because I can brew a cock-rot tonic doesn’t mean I can fly a skyship!”Here is Jolan, our young and naive medic who really grows in this sequel. Through his character we are shown the gory mess of a battlefield, the chaos of men, women and children lying injured, dying or dead, and even the confusion of who should be treated first. The realities of a field doctor are starkly represented as Naslund never shies away from the brutality of warfare. However Naslund also poignantly reflects upon the confusion and overwhelming emotions of first love and also of a found family. I won’t say too much here but with the addition of the Jaguar warriors such as Cumberland, Willem and Oromir we see Jolan struggle with his identity, accepting his sexuality and finding his place in the world.As with any book which features multiple POV, there is likely to be one character who you are somewhat less invested in. Personally this applied with the character Kira for me. Fundamentally she seeked power - she would not be a subservient Empress, one who is meek and mild beneath her Emperor husband’s rule. Her political moves amounted to moving chess pieces on a board, until checkmate, she had exactly what she wanted. Kira’s narrative involved a lot of manipulation of various nobility, which was initially interesting but at times it became hard to keep up with her schemes. However I’d say by the end of the book things do take a very unexpected turn indeed, so Naslund has most definitely left me pondering over her fate.Secondly, as with Blood of an Exile, once again dragons are detrimental to lands of Terra in Sorcery of a Queen. I love the way Naslund brings such realism in his treatment of dragons - not only are they significant to the balance of the environment, but he also injects traits into them which you would find in real animals of today. Migration patterns, mating habits, hunting formations, they are all detailed with an air of authenticity. It truly is fantastic to see an author treat dragons with the most meticulous care.‘The natural order depends upon killing. From pea-sized spiders to castle-sized dragons, everything in this world either kills to survive, or dies to keep something else alive. The peacefulness of nature is an illusion. A trick played on untrained eyes.’However, although the dragons may play a part in being the saviours of Terra, in this sequel they now become a vital source of it’s destruction too. Naslund shows that progression can be a wonderful thing, for example Jolan shows us that the more medical advancement he can achieve through researching the nature around him and their correlation with each other the more illnesses he can effectively cure. Yet on the other hand we are presented with a character like Osyrus Ward, to be more precise - our villain, who shows us that in the hands of a madman scientist, progression can truly be a most horrifying thing. His experimentations and discovery of the uses of dragon bones is the cause of our main dread and destruction. Much in the same way Michael Crichton philosophises in his Jurassic Park novel - “Scientists are actually preoccupied with accomplishment. So they are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something”, this notion also applies in this novel too. Sorcery of a Queen at its heart is a wonderfully nuanced multilayered sequel, which paves the way for what is sure to be an upcoming thrilling finale. If you’re looking for a series that’s grim yet laced with humour, brutal yet endearing, and has dragons done right, then The Dragons of Terra series is exactly what you need.ARC provided by Tor UK in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the copy! Sorcery of a Queen is out now!
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    More of a solid 4.5 but I’m rounding up. I may be a little late with my review but these days, it’s become a norm. But believe me when I tell you that I jumped with joy when I received the ARC for this one because Blood of an Exile was one of my top favorites from last year and I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen next. And just as expected, the author didn’t disappoint me at all. If there’s one thing that stays with you as you read this book is the breakneck pace - there’s just somethin More of a solid 4.5 but I’m rounding up. I may be a little late with my review but these days, it’s become a norm. But believe me when I tell you that I jumped with joy when I received the ARC for this one because Blood of an Exile was one of my top favorites from last year and I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen next. And just as expected, the author didn’t disappoint me at all. If there’s one thing that stays with you as you read this book is the breakneck pace - there’s just something happening every couple of pages and it doesn’t let up or give us breathing room. And it is so unpredictable that every twist shook me up and took me by surprise - but once it happened, I was left exclaiming that it was actually quite expected. And it is this pacing, relentlessness and surprising nature of the book that makes this a formidable sequel to its equally spectacular predecessor, also ensuring that it doesn’t have anything resembling a second book syndrome. We also get more world building, exploring new lands and ecosystems, and also getting to know the various experiments being conducted and their wide range implications for the people and creatures of these lands. The characters are as interesting as ever, with more POVs added and while I can’t see how important some of them might be, I’m very sure the author has many plans for them in the future. I don’t wanna go into detail about every one of them, because that’ll lead to spoilers and I really want every reader to get to know these characters themselves. It’s such a diverse group too - from exiles trying to find their place in this world, some trying to understand more about themselves and their link to the dragons, one queen trying to save the empire by trying to think like a scientist while another just wants her agency and peace for all the people but is naive to the wiles of people she trusts, a bodyguard who just wants to protect her charge but has to let go of every other connection she has to the world to make it possible, and a young alchemist who just wanted to heal people but finds himself thrust into the middle of a war he didn’t ask for. And amidst all this is a cunning and devious mad scientist whose ideas and plans for the world are so extreme and far reaching, that I don’t think anyone within the story or we as readers have still grasped them as a whole. We might be intrigued about some of them, pity a few and hate some others - but I promise that any reader will get very easily invested in their lives because it’s impossible not to. To conclude, this is a worthy sequel to the author’s wonderful debut and I was just so excited to be lost in the world of Terra. If you love your fantasy novels to be full of breakneck pacing, great group of characters, lots of twists and betrayals, a mix of science and environmental studies thrown in, alongwith a whole horde of majestic dragons - then this series is just perfect for you. It is highly engaging, dark at times but also with bits of humor, and lots of heart. It’s probably gonna be an year’s wait for the finale and I’m very excited for it, even though everything feels like a doomsday for my favorite characters.
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  • Xerxes
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Tor Books UK, Stephen and Jamie Lee Nardone for sending me an ARC of this wonderful book. All thoughts and opinions are mine only for this review.Warning: This novel has the following: Experiments! Alchemy! Dragons! Airships! Assassinations, exploding cities, pirates, Felgor! Nasty little Vampire named Verdun, an ambitious lady called Kira and Vera, and the return of glorious young Jolan! Empires fight for incredible stakes, Lords and Dukes fight in epic scale battles, and everythin Thank you to Tor Books UK, Stephen and Jamie Lee Nardone for sending me an ARC of this wonderful book. All thoughts and opinions are mine only for this review.Warning: This novel has the following: Experiments! Alchemy! Dragons! Airships! Assassinations, exploding cities, pirates, Felgor! Nasty little Vampire named Verdun, an ambitious lady called Kira and Vera, and the return of glorious young Jolan! Empires fight for incredible stakes, Lords and Dukes fight in epic scale battles, and everything goes haywire. The world literally goes into madness. It descends into a pit of hope, then chaos, hope, then chaos. This is what this wonderful book has to offer you, and guess what. The cover is so damn good! So damn good! Kudos to the cover designer. This is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read and all I have is praise. Well done Tor and Brian. You’ve delivered a hit series. Cannot wait for book 3.Sorcery of a Queen. Sorcery of a Queen. Sorcery of a Queen indeed. This novel comes right at you like a flying kicka pow pow book and literally takes the dark side of fantasy, scrunches it all up, and then spits it. It takes the heroic side of fantasy and literally turns it up side down. Its like something pulled out of real life. And that’s not to meantion the fact that this all happens because of a certain weird individual – read on and you will discover a VERY sinister secret.This is one of those novels that comes along in a while, and literally reminds me you of something. Wait. Is this a unique twist of both heroic fantasy and dark fantasy? Or is this something else? I feel like its the spiritual successor to Rachel Aaron’s The Legend of Eli Monpress Series. Except this is more like the realistic and grim version yet combined with hope. I’ve spent 3 days and I’ve breezed through this. I’ve really enjoyed reading this. One thing. I love the use of dragons in this book. Well written, well utilised, but can the Flawless Bershard now own an armada of dragons so Queen Ashe can use it? I think Flawless Bershard said he hated killing dragons in book 1 anyway. And in Book 3, he needs to literally kick the **** out of Verdun.This is like the Deadpool of Fantasy. There. I’ve said it. It’s Deadpool. The writing is so good that the descriptions are bewildering, breath-taking almost. You’re in jungles, islands, airships, and a lot of climate change facts that are incredibly well written into the fantasy narrative. The dialogue is so refreshing its…I could compare this to Nicholas Eames Kings of the Wyld. Heck! This is very comparable to David Wragg’s the Black Hawks. I’d call this a new twist in fantasy. It’s like taking dark fantasy and heroic fantasy into a corner, and then…laughing at them. That’s what it feels like.Tell me, what novel combines flying airships with humor? With such brutal gore in this world, one should be disgusted when you learn of Verdun. He’s a nasty little vampire. A very nasty vampire. And Castor is the reclutant servant. And quite frankly, I’ve loved all the characters that Jolan meets himself with. I felt sadness and sympathy, laughed and giggled at the same time. The humour is one of the best aspects. And I love Jolan’s innocence. The world needs more good natured people like him.As for our flawless Bershard…he gets his ass getting handed to him all the time. I’m afraid to say, the man that’s literally killed Naga Soul Striders and Red Skulls…the world treats him brutally. There’s a new cast of characters that join us in this grand new adventure, and I must say, stop getting rid of characters I get attachted too Brian, they’re so good! *weeps weeps* Now if an author can do this in a novel and the reader feels something about it. Then he’s done the work.This. This is pure fantasy. I did feel the ending was a little dragged on, and there were parts I would have wanted reduced. But I don’t want to spoil too much. All I know is that I’ve loved every character so far. And never, and never, and never, have I seen SUCH a mind-blowing twist. Empires ruined beyond all comprehension. (And this is the only CLUE I’m going to give. Read this novel and you’ll soon start to know what it means very very very very fast!) There is such a fantastic twist that it completely oblierates saving the world stuff and letting the world die – it produces something more unique than that.Oh. And dear old Fergus! The man’s Jack Sparrow. I swear Jack Sparrow got drunk once upon a time, then stumbled upon his cousin named Fergus, and then they got lost, and then Fergus spent his time becoming mad and high, and well, I’d say the series is really about Fergus. Not Bershard. Also, Ashlyn needs more scenes. I def got a grand sense of her, but I want MORE of her. She’s a very good character, but she still needs to learn that the politics of lords and generals are too cunning – she’s a cunning character indeed. And Vera? Poor Vera. That’s all I can say.All I can say is, this would be great as the following:Netflix SeriesGraphic Novel SeriesComic Series!And thats it. That’s all I can say. IT’S THAT GOOOD. GO BUY IT NOW! YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON AN UNDER-RATED FANTASY GENRE AND AWESOME AND UNIQUE SUBPLOT.Ok I’ve think I’ve rambled enough right now. This book and this series is for fans of Nicholas Eames and David Wragg.Fergus! You take the stage!Bugger.Oh and bring on Book 3. Plz bring it. I need it!!!!!!!
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Sorcery of a Queen is the second in the Dragons of Terra series, following the Flawless Bershad and Queen Ashlyn on their quest to save dragons, restore Ashlyn to the throne, and unlock the secrets of the sorcery she’s always accused of. Sorcery of a Queen was such an excellent follow up to Blood of an Exile! I didn’t think it was possible to like a sequel more, but Naslund has done it. This was such a perfect combination of humour, adventure, and some really heartfelt moments. The alternating c Sorcery of a Queen is the second in the Dragons of Terra series, following the Flawless Bershad and Queen Ashlyn on their quest to save dragons, restore Ashlyn to the throne, and unlock the secrets of the sorcery she’s always accused of. Sorcery of a Queen was such an excellent follow up to Blood of an Exile! I didn’t think it was possible to like a sequel more, but Naslund has done it. This was such a perfect combination of humour, adventure, and some really heartfelt moments. The alternating chapters between different characters point of view really kept the story moving. Usually, there is a character that I’m a little less interested in then others, but Sorcery of a Queen managed to make me care and stay invested in everyone. While I found Vera’s chapters a little slower at first, by part two of the book I was as fully invested in her and Kira as I was with Bershad, and Ashlyn. The humour of this book is absolutely spot on too. It’s a fine balance to write characters that are truly funny, but each character managed to have some really wonderful one-liners and some actual laugh out loud moments. They all have different humour too, which is so wonderful to see to create fully developed characters that each stand apart from each other. Ashlyn’s dry humour mixed with crude humour from Felgor and others, any reader will find a lot of this book hilarious no matter what your sense of humour is. As I said too, there’s a lot of heartfelt moments. I didn’t really expect to cry reading Sorcery of a Queen, especially after all of the laughter, but I did. Several times. There’s a few spots that just punched me right in the heart, and I don’t think I’ll get over them any time soon. This really made the book what it was though - such a finely crafted balance of sad and funny pulled the book together, and it’s one you really can’t forget or get over. Sorcery of a Queen is absolutely going to be one of my favourite reads of the year, and I strongly encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Blood of an Exile if you haven’t already, so that you can continue on to the even better sequel with Sorcery of a Queen.
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  • Joe Lindley
    January 1, 1970
    One of those books you wish you didn't have to finish. This book doesn't waste time, our protagonists are fighting dragons on the first page. Rather than the usual Dark Lord antagonist we have something more like a mad scientist with the insidious Osyrus Ward & his horrific experiments. Cumberland's wardens reminded me of Rudd Threetrees & his crew from First Law. An exciting page turner, can't wait for book 3 One of those books you wish you didn't have to finish. This book doesn't waste time, our protagonists are fighting dragons on the first page. Rather than the usual Dark Lord antagonist we have something more like a mad scientist with the insidious Osyrus Ward & his horrific experiments. Cumberland's wardens reminded me of Rudd Threetrees & his crew from First Law. An exciting page turner, can't wait for book 3
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  • The Coycaterpillar Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Tor UK, Brian Naslund, Jamie-Lee Nardone and Stephen Haskins for a review copy of Sorcery Of A Queen.“You of all people should know how rumours go. There’s a kernel of truth that gets inflated each time it passes from one drunken mouth to the next, until you have an enormous dragonslayer with a foot-long cock pissing down the neck-stumps of decapitated dragons.” It has been such a pleasure to be back in the wonderful world of Terra once again. The magic, the dragons, the relationshi Thank you to Tor UK, Brian Naslund, Jamie-Lee Nardone and Stephen Haskins for a review copy of Sorcery Of A Queen.“You of all people should know how rumours go. There’s a kernel of truth that gets inflated each time it passes from one drunken mouth to the next, until you have an enormous dragonslayer with a foot-long cock pissing down the neck-stumps of decapitated dragons.” It has been such a pleasure to be back in the wonderful world of Terra once again. The magic, the dragons, the relationships and the tongue-in-cheek humour. Brian Naslund has this inert skill to just know the formula for have the brain completely enraptured in his storytelling. It’s been several days since I finished this tome, and this is one author that I can completely lay my trust at his door. I didn’t read the synopsis or the reviews, and boy am I glad that I did. I started and stopped writing this review so many times because I just didn’t feel that I could do the book justice. no big words, no adjectives could express how awesome this book is. If you’ve been contemplating reading this series – do it. Do it now! It’s a raw journey that will wrack several emotions from you but it’s so worth it!Sorcery Of A Queen takes place after the battle of Floodhaven. We get the pleasure of being reacquainted with Bershad, Ashlyn and Felgor. They’ve escaped and are making their way to Papyria by boat. Brian Naslund’s Sorcery Of A Queen is an exploration of survival, relationships and what makes us tick. It’s as hard hitting, and action packed as Blood Of An Exile. The first page has you lacing up your Nikes and running straight into the plot as fast as your feet can carry you. He doesn’t shy away from tough situations and gladly puts his characters in harm’s way. You might want them in a safe haven but Naslund constantly reminds you that the reader isn’t running the show. Epic dragons. A royal goatfucking. Journeys of epic proportions. This story has everything you didn’t realise you were craving and then exceeds every expectations that you didn’t know you were harbouring. We’ve got new players to the game, more information on the dragons and a plot so electric that you dare not get too close. What I totally get on board with was the fact that Naslund reminded us of the major events from book one, so I don’t need to sit in confusion unlike my other attempts with later books in a series. We are given multiple perspectives, Bershad, Ashlyn, The Widow, Vera, the alchemist, Jolan and Cabbage, the corsair. The one theme that stands out during these perspectives is the consequences of choices and actions. Sorcery Of A Queen was like a drug and Brian Naslund was my dealer. I was turning the pages so quickly I’m pretty sure that I had papercuts on top of my papercuts. Sorcery Of A Queen demands your attention and doesn’t let go. Its inventive, a unique universe with an incredibly vibrant setting. Tense and atmospheric, a must-read.
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  • Bethany Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Brian Naslund became one of my favourite authors last year with his debut novel Blood of an Exile. There aren't many books that can put me on an emotional roller-coaster but Naslund has this down to a fine art. With the third word of the sequel being 'goatfuck' we were off to an epic start. We follow our protagonist Bershad and Queen Ashlyn as they try to regain her throne. There's only one problem? They've been exiled presumed dead. Naslund's humour rings throughout and if you love the likes of Brian Naslund became one of my favourite authors last year with his debut novel Blood of an Exile. There aren't many books that can put me on an emotional roller-coaster but Naslund has this down to a fine art. With the third word of the sequel being 'goatfuck' we were off to an epic start. We follow our protagonist Bershad and Queen Ashlyn as they try to regain her throne. There's only one problem? They've been exiled presumed dead. Naslund's humour rings throughout and if you love the likes of Tyrion Lannister and Game of Thrones as a whole this is a series for you. I absolutely adore it and can't wait for book 3. One further recommendation - if you have a goldfish brain like mine, I'd reread Blood of an Exile again first to familiarise yourself with the politics and world again. I wish I had and definitely will be ahead of Book 3.
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  • Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
    January 1, 1970
    https://thecaffeinatedreader.com/2020...We start where we’ve left off, Bershad on the run with his Queen lover who is now also on the run herself. The gang is not quite back together, we still have the loss of Rowan and Alfonso to deal with but we have my favorite thief, and we get to know Ashlyn more as well as her sister.Strong second novel, better than the first not only in plot but character development and it has me so excited to see what happens in the third and final book of the Dragons o https://thecaffeinatedreader.com/2020...We start where we’ve left off, Bershad on the run with his Queen lover who is now also on the run herself. The gang is not quite back together, we still have the loss of Rowan and Alfonso to deal with but we have my favorite thief, and we get to know Ashlyn more as well as her sister.Strong second novel, better than the first not only in plot but character development and it has me so excited to see what happens in the third and final book of the Dragons of Terra trilogy!4/5 large cups of coffee from me and thank you so much to Tor for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! [If you’re curious about book one, I’ve included a short review of it below, this trilogy is definitely worth it if you love dragons and fantasy]
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at The Quill to Live: https://thequilltolive.com/2020/08/11...The excellence of Sorcery of a Queen is honestly flabbergasting. Queen is the second book in The Dragons of Terra trilogy by Brian Naslund, and it’s a crime that as of writing this review there are only 10 ratings on goodreads. This book does, so, many, things right that it straight up blew my mind. It has incredible characters, exciting action, deep and original worldbuilding, a gripping plot, a compelling antagonist, gre Full review at The Quill to Live: https://thequilltolive.com/2020/08/11...The excellence of Sorcery of a Queen is honestly flabbergasting. Queen is the second book in The Dragons of Terra trilogy by Brian Naslund, and it’s a crime that as of writing this review there are only 10 ratings on goodreads. This book does, so, many, things right that it straight up blew my mind. It has incredible characters, exciting action, deep and original worldbuilding, a gripping plot, a compelling antagonist, great themes, excellent pacing, strong character growth, and a level of polish and inclusivity that made me positively vibrate with happiness. Sorcery of a Queen is easily one of my top books of 2020, Naslund positively killed it with his second novel.If you are just hearing about this series for the first time and wondering why I am raving like a lunatic, may I kindly redirect you to my review of book one in the series: Blood of an Exile. Naslund’s first book was a 2019 gem that I missed and didn’t get to until January of this year. I refused to make the same mistake with his second installment. I can’t really go into many plot details without spoiling things, something I absolutely refuse to do. If you have read Blood of an Exile, Queen’s story picks up immediately after the end of book one and revolves primarily around the escalation in stakes, technology, and conflict caused by the first book finale. If you haven’t read Blood of an Exile, well you have made a mistake, and I again recommend you check out my review of book one. However, before you realize your error and dive into Exile, let me shout at you about its excellence.The series follows a quartet of characters: A queen, an exile, a bodyguard, and a young alchemist. Each character has their own rich backstory and Naslund does a wonderful job giving each of them agency and distinction, while cleverly interweaving their stories. Sorcery of a Queen is an extremely powerful character story and has so much delicious character growth. The alchemist gets pulled into a conflict by chance, but ends up learning about himself and the world while working as a field medic. The queen, a master of politics and leadership, finds that she is actually a woman of action and there is a powerful joy in physically pushing humanity towards a better future. The bodyguard is a woman of honor and conviction, but her chosen path in life forces her to closely examine the value and worth of bonds and where she will draw the line. The exile is a man condemned to death, who learns he cannot die, who then learns he cannot escape death. The amount of change this rollercoaster of events unleashes on his personality and life outlook is a work of art and a truly original observation of the human condition. These are excellent characters.In general, the overall quality of Queen has also improved. The prose is better, the action is punchier, and the humor is funnier. The pacing in Exile was good, but Queen’s is perfect. I absolutely flew through this book reading it in just two weekdays. The POVs all strike this great balance that constantly compels you to read more. The worldbuilding is also just bigger. The stakes of Exile were fairly small, with each of the characters having fairly simple and straightforward goals: stay alive, find a girl, get a job, research dragons. Towards the end of Exile, things began to escalate and it paved the way for Queen to grab a perfect narrative baton-pass and expand into a fully fleshed out world with bigger stakes. In particular, one thing I was enamored with was the evolution of themes. In Exile there was really one major theme, this idea of naturalism and that dragons were an important part of the ecosystem (and hunting them was destroying it). In Queen, this theme is still very present, but a number of additional themes like the cost of war, the nature of friendship, and the dangers of unchecked science all join it to build a much more luscious and juicy story. This enhancement of an already good story builds to something wonderful.Sorcery of a Queen is fantastic, breaking every single one of my high expectations to tell a story that was nothing short of wonderful. Blood of an Exile had some good ideas and great characters, but Queen has it all. Usually, when I review a book I like to talk about if its best for readers who focus on characters, plot, worlds, or ideas. It is very rare that I come across a book that I can unilaterally recommend to all of those people, and this is one such occasion. I loved Sorcery of a Queen and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.Rating: Sorcery of a Queen - 10/10-Andrew
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  • Lucretia
    January 1, 1970
    There are no damsels here! I absolutely loved this book and the characters that filled the pages. You know right from the opening line you are in for something different, harder, full of rawr. I hadn't realized it was a part two, but that wasn't a problem as I was instantly pulled into the story and even though it had a good size cast, I wasn't confused.I enjoy stories where the point of view switches, allowing for a broader exploration of the world and that was used here to great effect. The ac There are no damsels here! I absolutely loved this book and the characters that filled the pages. You know right from the opening line you are in for something different, harder, full of rawr. I hadn't realized it was a part two, but that wasn't a problem as I was instantly pulled into the story and even though it had a good size cast, I wasn't confused.I enjoy stories where the point of view switches, allowing for a broader exploration of the world and that was used here to great effect. The action was plenty, and brutal in the most delicious ways, keeping the sharp edges of the world honed. There was a dark edge to the way the characters interacted with each other that had a humor laced into it, not light, but fitting. Relationships were complex, romance wasn't a theme, but there was some in fitting with the tone. I adored Vera in every way. Loved the widows on the whole. Ironically, with all of the beautifully brutal action some of the most gruesome parts for me were in reading what Osyrus did. I'm curious what I missed by jumping into the world and look forward to heading back to part one.If you want epic, action-packed fantasy with awesome heroes and a unique plot, this is one you don't want to miss.
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  • Gemma McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Sorcery of a Queen expands the world of Terra, this book is full of information and revelations that changed the direction of the story.One of my favourite elements of the story is the alchemy, that for the people that use it, it's science. But everyone else thinks its magic. It reminded me of the author Arthur. C. Clarke quote " Magic's just science that we don't understand yet." I was fascinated by how the way that they use alchemy to protect others and fight.Sorcery of a Queen is told in mult Sorcery of a Queen expands the world of Terra, this book is full of information and revelations that changed the direction of the story.One of my favourite elements of the story is the alchemy, that for the people that use it, it's science. But everyone else thinks its magic. It reminded me of the author Arthur. C. Clarke quote " Magic's just science that we don't understand yet." I was fascinated by how the way that they use alchemy to protect others and fight.Sorcery of a Queen is told in multiple points of view, with all the characters dealing with there own troubles. There is a lot going on, so I did find it a little hard to keep all the storylines straight and how they impact each other. I did like when characters crossed paths with others.The pacing of the book is mixed, for the most part, is medium paced with bursts when it speeds up. The action/fighting scenes are where it speeds up. There is one battle, in particular, Bershad lives up to his legend.Sorcery of a Queen feels like it is building up to something big / world-changing in the next book.My rating for Sorcery of a Queen is 3.8 out of 5.
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  • uncommonkim
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to TOR UK for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely loved this book!If you love an action packed, intense fantasy with witches and dragons then this is the book for you! Despite being a sequel, this book is still strong as a standalone read with how much the reader gets to explore the world.I particularly enjoyed the science and steampunk aspects too; it turns this book into a truly unique read.The characters are easily my favourite part of this b Thank you to TOR UK for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely loved this book!If you love an action packed, intense fantasy with witches and dragons then this is the book for you! Despite being a sequel, this book is still strong as a standalone read with how much the reader gets to explore the world.I particularly enjoyed the science and steampunk aspects too; it turns this book into a truly unique read.The characters are easily my favourite part of this book, they bring the story together and provide a wealth of perspectives for the reader to enjoy. These different viewpoints keep the story interesting and also serve to really immerse you in Terra.Sorcerery of a queen takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that has left me excited to read the next installment in this series
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  • Jess Townsend
    January 1, 1970
    Do yourself a favor and pick up this book! A fast-paced, intense fantasy read with witches, dragons, and strong, complex female characters. All of my favorite things!
  • Rowena Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts an rambling are my own* I was still riding on the high of ‘Blood of an Exile’ when I started this one, and ‘Sorcery of a Queen’ did not disappoint, and in fact, took all the positives from the first book to a whole new level. This sequel came out fighting from the start and turned all expectations on its head in the best possible way. This is epic fantasy in every sense of the world, and it ha *Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts an rambling are my own* I was still riding on the high of ‘Blood of an Exile’ when I started this one, and ‘Sorcery of a Queen’ did not disappoint, and in fact, took all the positives from the first book to a whole new level. This sequel came out fighting from the start and turned all expectations on its head in the best possible way. This is epic fantasy in every sense of the world, and it has the grit and brutality, and a healthy dose of humour that bleeds through the pages. Sorcery of a Queen was an emotional and narrative rollercoaster from start to finish, and as soon as I got to the end I wanted to jump on again, and this one left me with quite a hefty book hangover. As with Blood of an Exile, the characters are still some of the strongest features of this book. I love how Naslund brings his entire cast to life so vividly, and how the use of multiple points of view, brings the world into greater focus from the differing experiences and points of view. There were more characters introduced here, building on an already sizeable cast, but at no point was it overwhelming, and each of them remained unique and memorable, and it gave me more characters to love and worry about. Because that is another thing about these characters, and this book, it makes you care about them, and laugh and weep and a hundred other things as the story goes through highs and lows so quickly that you can’t catch your breath, only you don’t want to because it is engrossing. Terra was already such an expansive world, and I feel that Sorcery of a Queen took that to a whole new level and puts the narrative and characters on a whole new stage without losing sight of that origin. I particularly enjoyed the science and steampunk elements that were woven into the story, but there were so many elements to the world – pirates and airships, and empires and dragons – and they’re so well integrated with one another, that I find it impossible to choose a favourite. Instead, I want to lose myself in Terra over and over again, and I have a feeling that I will be rereading this one and Blood of an Exile many times before book three comes out. The writing is fantastic across the board, from rich character development to descriptions that will take your breath away. My only, very mild complaint was that the ending felt a little drawn out but compared to the magnificence of this book that is a minor grumble and long forgotten. This is grim heroic fantasy, with hope and humour shining through, and it set all my expectations on their head, and the twists had and have me guessing as to what will happen next, and eagerly looking forward to the next instalment in this series. Sorcery of a Queen is a fantastic sequel. Still, it is so strong on its own and Naslund has woven so much of the world and what happened in the previous book into the narrative without it feeling overwhelming or clunky, even coming straight off reading book one, that you could read it as a standalone. Not that I would advise you to, because then you would miss out on the awesomeness that was Blood of an Exile. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, and the entire series – yes, go and buy both – and lose yourself in the world of Terra, and there are Dragons!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This was a well written, but bumpy ride, and a good sequel overall. Some parts had me laughing out loud (thank you, Fellgor), while other parts were pretty unpleasant to read because very little seemed to go right for our heroes. There were a lot of POVs, which may have contributed to the fact that the audio book felt very long without much pay off at the end. Will definitely be reading the next one.
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  • Marian
    January 1, 1970
    What a good sequel!I am really enjoying this series. The author faked me out of my shoes a couple of times, and I can't wait to see where this goes next, even though I'm not sure how this ends well for the characters for whom I want it to end well. By the by, I was so happy this book follows Jolan in part, and I like the medical/pharmaceutical stuff (please don't kill Jolan). Ashlyn is also fascinating and I'm really interested in what happens to her.
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  • Alexandru Ilie
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. Silas is one of my favorite fantasy characters. the plot started moving a lot faster in this second book. Magic is more present than the firs and the action is straight forward. the only problem with this book is that is to short. Awesome, just awesome.
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  • Brian Newman
    January 1, 1970
    Read itI couldn't stop reading it once I started. Its great from beggining to end. It continues the story very well, the characters are well developed along with the world they operate in. I'm looking forward to the next book.
  • Shane
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 Stars
  • Fabienne Schwizer
    January 1, 1970
    To me, the central conflict in Sorcery of a Queen is between the factions of Ashlyn and Kira, two sisters at war with each other, which is pretty refreshing for epic Grimdark fantasy. Neither is exactly morally good, or very queenly, but both are ambitious, complex and power-hungry, which makes for very interesting reading material. One of my favourite aspects of the series is the way sorcery is set up, as a sort of learned alchemy that is not inherent but rather macabre in itself and attained t To me, the central conflict in Sorcery of a Queen is between the factions of Ashlyn and Kira, two sisters at war with each other, which is pretty refreshing for epic Grimdark fantasy. Neither is exactly morally good, or very queenly, but both are ambitious, complex and power-hungry, which makes for very interesting reading material. One of my favourite aspects of the series is the way sorcery is set up, as a sort of learned alchemy that is not inherent but rather macabre in itself and attained through experimentation and study.The dragons are more set dressing that characters themselves, as the series is more concerned with the concept of dragons existing in the world and the implication that has for the story at large than the impact of individual dragons. Bershad, another of the main characters, is a famous dragonslayer, sorcery is partially based on dragon’s body parts and ingredients found in their lairs and Kira’s airships are built out of dragon’s carcasses.The story itself is well-written and compelling, and just like the two titular queens, the remaining characters are morally conflicting, following their individual aims over any clear moral alignment. Sorcery of a Queen doesn’t suffer from second-book syndrome, in fact, due to its slower nature and focus on the discovery of sorcery I might have enjoyed this one even more than Blood of an Exile!
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