The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera
**We received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Tor Books and K Arsenault Rivera for the opportunity This book comes out today and you can get it here**
What I drank prior: 6-7 Vodka Sodas? I think? No food. In an uber on my way home. Gotta pee real bad.
Spoiler-free Overview: This is the sequel to The Tiger’s Daughter so there will be spoilers for that book in this review. If you want to know my drunken screaming about the first book, you can find my review here.
Ok so this book picks up almost immediately after the last one ends. With the AMAZING reunion of our baes Shefali and Shikuza (damn writing those names while drunk is real hard.) It becomes clear that Shikuza has been through some shit in the 8 years they were apart, and Shefali has her own shit. However, like the last book, we get some of the present, and some of the past, this time from Shikuza. She has a bit of PTSD and we don’t really know why (until she tells us obvi). Shefali listens, but she still has her own problems with the blackblood and they gotta figure that out.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I loved this. And what’s so great is I love it for VERY different reasons that I loved The Tiger’s Daughter. Their love story is still so very precious to me. I want someone to love me as much as they love eachother. really guys it’s amazing.
Characters: Ok so i’m going to drunkenly babble about how much i love these characters. Other than our leading ladies (because they are still bae, flawed, in-love, and gods), we get a new-ish character. Shikuza has a cousin! I’m not gonna spell her name cause all of the people in these books ahve such similar names that it’s confusing. But damn I loved the cousin. Our supporting cast in this is in-fucking-credible.
Plot: So so different than the first one. But still so so compelling. And heartbreakng, and fucking scary. God i fucking loved it.
Writing Style: STill fucking stunning. She’s one of my new favorite authors, not only for her skills as a story teller, but her writing stype. It’s just great.
But look guys, you all made a big giant list of trigger warnings for The Poppy War which i just finished and am gonna review soon, but just copy-and-paste ’em. There is so much gore, and war, and PTSD, and abuse, and mind fuckery, and alcoholism, and more. Be careful gentlefriends.
What to pair it with: A dark, bold-bodied, red wine. It’s definitely a feel-like-you’re-drinking-the-blood-of-your-enemies book.
Rating: 6/5 shots.
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Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,