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The Hollow Heart: Forgotten Gods, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing end to LGBTQ+ fantasy romance duology.

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This LGBTQ+ fantasy romance sequel could have fallen flat when one of the main characters turns villain, but a clever use of narrators and tender subplots uplifts this intriguing tale. Readers will miss the sweet and compassionate Nirrim from The Midnight Lie and have to get used to vengeful Queen Nirrim. It's jarring at first, especially as she bloodies a town square and manipulates those who used to be close to her. As we learn what's been stolen from her by the God of Thieves and some family history from another god narrator, it all makes sense and you hope she can be saved.

Enter Sid and her storyline in her homeland. Here's where compassion lost by Nirrim is found by Sid as she helps her mother, Queen Kestrel, find out who poisoned her and comes to terms with all the hurt she feels as someone who doesn't feel accepted or valued. As Sid shows more of her true self and mends the relationship with her parents, suddenly she's brave enough to do something truly heroic for the one she loves. Of course, she doesn't know what Queen Nirrim has become in her absence, which really complicates things -- and so do the gods, as they always do. The final twists to this finale are truly intriguing and bring this duology to an exciting end.

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