ARC Review: Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Gilded Serpent
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: Dark Shores #3
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Length: 576 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Source: Netgalley
Recommended for fans of: Throne of Glass, An Ember in the Ashes
Content Warnings: fear of heights

SYNOPSIS

From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called “everything I look for in a fantasy novel.”

THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY

Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.

His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war.

BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN

Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.

Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves.

Readers may read either Dark Shores or Dark Skies first!
Suggested series reading order:

1. Dark Skies or Dark Shores
2. Dark Shores or Dark Skies
3. Gilded Serpent (coming spring 2021)

MY THOUGHTS

I DIDN’T THINK THIS SERIES COULD GET EVEN BETTER, BUT IT DID.

I read this in February, but I already want to call it the best book of 2021. I thought nothing could top my love for Dark Skies, but Gilded Serpent pulled it off. Danielle L. Jensen gives me ALLLLL the feels. Epic fantasy world building, global conquest, swoon worthy men, forbidden romances, heart-stopping action and adventure! This book STRESSED ME OUT, but I couldn’t put it down.

I absolutely adored the parallels between Marcus & Teriana and Killian & Lydia’s love stories, yet they each faced their own challenges and adventures. Killian and Lydia are my OTP and I pray they get a happy ending in book 4!

The ending of this book absolutely destroyed me. Jensen reveals some life-altering information, then throws in a few more plot twists to fully break my heart! This is hands down one of the best YA fantasy series I’ve ever read, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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