A Queen of Gilded Horns

Putnam. Mar. 2021. 368p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780525518617.
Gr 8 Up–The heirs to the throne of Myre are on the run, and the Queendom is buzzing with the energy of revolution. Eva is reeling from the truth of her identity, and a bit lost without Baccha to help her master her magick. She’s convinced that the best way forward is to forge peace with her sister and take the Ivory Throne, but Isa won’t make it easy and with the unrest in the kingdom growing, Eva has to find a way through the seemingly impossible. Joy’s careful handling of race, colonialism, and systemic oppression is taken to another level as Eva sees the true impact of her family’s legacy throughout the queendom. At its core, this story dives deep into the themes of family, belonging, identity, and sibling rivalry. These themes are adeptly blended with a fast-paced plot and incredible world building. Joy also fills Myre with an authentically diverse cast of creatures with varying cultures, beliefs, skin tones, and sexualities. Eva and Isa are both biracial with a dark-skinned father and a fair-skinned mother. Readers will root for Eva as she tries to navigate the waters of a life she never truly expected.
VERDICT The stakes are incredibly high in this stunning conclusion to the duology. Highly recommended for all collections.

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