Author: Laura Sebastian
Series: Castles in the Bones
Series #: 2
Genre: fantasy
Age Group: young adult
ARC?: yes

Princesses Beatriz and Daphne have lost their older sister, but their mother’s grand scheme of taking the continent of Vesteria is far from complete. With the country of Temarin now under the Empress’s control, only the nations of Cellaria and Friv remain free from her rule. What’s worse, an ominous prophecy has begun to shine through the constellations: the blood of stars and majesty spilled.

Usurped by conniving cousins Nico and Gigi, Beatriz fears for her life, while in icy Friv, Daphne continues her shaky alliance with the rebels even as she struggles to stay a step ahead of them. But when an unlikely ally offers Beatriz a deal, she finds herself back in her mother’s sights.

With enemies around every corner and the stars whispering of betrayal, Daphne and Beatriz can’t trust anyone–least of all each other. If they’ve learned anything, though, it’s that the Empress’s game is constantly changing. And the arrival of surprise visitors from Temarin just might tip the scales in the princesses’ favor . . . if they manage to avoid meeting their sister’s fate before they can make their next move.


Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-arc of this book.

Hello my friends! Today I bring you good tidings. While book 1 in this series I liked but didn’t love, this one I really liked.

There are quite a few repercussions in this book from book 1, and I was a bit sad as they played out. There was one part that made my heart ache so much. While we still get Beatriz’s and Daphne’s POVs, we also get Violie’s as well. I like her as a new POV character and I found her intriguing. I also liked Gisella to an extent.

I didn’t find Pas or Ambrose all that convincing in this book, and felt that they didn’t add a lot to the book.

Daphne’s character is a bit infuriating in this one — you kind of just want to shake her and say “what is wrong with you?” but it’s easy to forget that she has been manipulated her whole life, and so of course she’s going to struggle when people tell her the truth.

Beatriz is a great character, through her we find out more about the empyrea, and what relevance the stars have to magic. I loved these little revelations that we got.

This book starts tying more threads together, and it works well. The plot is well done, and has made me curious what will happen next. This book continues with court intrigue and reminds me a bit of GRRM and GOT in how things play out, but in this story we know who the good verus the bad guys are.

Characters from book one make an appearance in this book, and more secrets are revealed. I was impressed to say the least, and I think that this book is better than the first one.

I am eager to read the third book!