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Parents' Guide to

Kingsbane: Empirium, Book 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thrilling, long sequel is full of steamy romance, violence.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Would recomend, but sexually expicit.

It's definitly a mature book. It has many explisit sexual scenes, but the story line is brilliant. 16/17 up would reccomend.
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Despite its uneven pacing and hefty page count, Legrand's intense and steamy second installment sets up the ultimate showdown between the Sun Queen, Blood Queen, and those killer angels. The reason for the star downgrade between Furyborn and Kingsbane isn't the extra 90 pages but the way Rielle's story arc becomes tiresome and repetitive, considering readers already know she eventually chooses the dark side. She makes the same mistakes over and over and hurts the people she claims to genuinely love only to hold it against them when they don't understand her decisions. Eliana, who was less compelling in the original, is more interesting in this installment, as she learns to wield her power, opens her heart to a new love, prepares for her mission, and internalizes that she doesn't have to follow in her infamous mother's footsteps.

As for the romance, Legrand, like Sarah Maas and Cassandra Clare, writes about love and sex in an incredibly candid way, and while there are some "fade to black" moments, most of the love scenes include detailed descriptions of passion and desire. Younger teen readers used to fantasies with lighter romance may not be mature enough for the amount of blush-worthy sequences in this book. However, older teen, adult, and parent readers who are romance fans may appreciate the various complicated love triangles, squares and entanglements. As for the battles, mind-controlling Corien grows so powerful, it's difficult to see how he and his fellow avenging angels will ever be defeated. Thanks to the plot twists near the end of this installment, readers should expect to be left frustrated until the final book comes out.

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