AUTHOR: Hannah Whitten

SERIES: The Nightshade Crown #2

GENRE: fantasy

AGE: adult


The corrupt king August is dead. Prince Bastian has seized the throne and raised Lore—a necromancer and former smuggler—to his right hand side. Together they plan to cut out the rot from the heart of the sainted court and help the people of Dellaire. But not everyone is happy with the changes. The nobles are sowing dissent, the Kyrithean Empire is beating down their door, and Lore’s old allies are pulling away. Even Prince Bastian’s changed. No longer the hopeful, rakish, charismatic man Lore knows and loves, instead he’s reckless, domineering and cold. 

And something’s been whispering in her ear. A voice, dark and haunting, that’s telling her there’s more to the story than she knows and more to her power than she can even imagine. A truth buried deep that could change everything. 

With Bastian’s coronation fast approaching and enemies whispering on all sides, Lore must figure out how to protect herself, her prince, and her country before they all come crumbling down and whatever dark power has been creeping through the catacombs is unleashed.


Thank you to Orbit Books for an ARC of this book!

Okay, I thought the first book was good — but this one — the tension was AMAZING. There was so much going on in this book it is hard to put into words what I’m feeling. Gobsmacked. Stunned. Unsure of where to go from here.

In case you haven’t figured it out, I absolutely adored this book, there was so much to unpack.

The Hemlock Queen picks right up where The Foxglove King left off, and we are straight into the action from the get go. Not only does this have a lot of action, it also has a lot of political intrigue and romance too.

There are some moments in the book that I had to take a deep breath and just put the book down. I did finish it in one day, because I couldn’t put it down. Hannah had me INVESTED in this book. I am literally begging for the next book immediately, because I NEED to know what happens next.

Lore remains one of my favorite characters of all time, and I adore Bastian and Gabe as well. Malcolm and and Ali were also excellent characters, and I cannot wait to see more of them. I don’t want to spoil too much of this book, but you are not going to want to put this down.

You are going to love it, and you’re going to laugh, scream and cry. And do all of those probably all at once.

UGH I need the next one immediately.