Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 07/03/19
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.
This will be a spoiler free review, though there will be spoilers for State of Sorrow.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sequel to STATE OF SORROW by best-selling fantasy author Melinda Salisbury.
Sorrow Ventaxis has won the election, and in the process lost everything…
Governing under the sinister control of Vespus Corrigan, and isolated from her friends, Sorrow must to find a way to free herself from his web and save her people. But Vespus has no plans to let her go, and he isn’t the only enemy Sorrow faces as the curse of her name threatens to destroy her and everything she’s fought for.
This was one of my most anticipated 2019 reads and it did not disappoint. I’d forgotten how much I love the writing, characters and world. Within a couple of pages it felt like returning to old friends, I didn’t want to leave again. before I start, can we just take a minute to appreciate the cover, I didn’t think it could top the cover of State of Sorrow, the wonderful people at Scholastic did a brilliant job and the Waterstones exclusive has a gorgeous sprayed edge!
Sorrow is now Chancellor of Rhannon after the election, while dealing with Vespus and his plans involving a lot of blackmail, Luvian is still in hiding and Rasmus is back in Rhylla. Vespus is one of those characters you love to hate, and one of my many favourites. Mainly because he’s not your usual “villain”, what he wants to achieve is right, though his methods are questionable at best, I just really love him, incase you haven’t noticed already. Please tell me I’m not the only one? Don’t get me started on Rasmus, I just want to hug him!
I adored this one from start to finish, no one does worldbuilding quite like Mel and it’s just as gorgeous as the first book. Seriously, I don’t know how she does it. I didn’t want it to end. That’s my only complaint, it ended and I didn’t want it to. You’re probably wondering why I haven’t said much about the actual book, I don’t trust myself not to spoil everything. I will just gush until I’ve spoilt the whole thing, you just have to trust me when I say it’s a good one!
I can’t recommend it enough, Sorrow is a stunning duology and should be on the top of your TBR!
Have you read Sorrow? Let me know what you thought in the comments, I’m dying to talk to someone about it!