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Two Twisted Crowns (The Shepherd King) (udgave 2023)

af Rachel Gillig (Forfatter)

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In the dark, spellbinding sequel to One Dark Window, Elspeth must confront the weight of her actions as she and Ravyn embark on a perilous quest to save the kingdom--perfect for readers of Hannah Whitten's For the Wolf and Alexis Henderson's The Year of the Witching. Gripped by a tyrant king and in the thrall of dark magic, the kingdom is in peril. Elspeth and Ravyn have gathered most of the twelve Providence Cards, but the last--and most important--one remains to be found: the Twin Alders. If they're going to find the card before Solstice and set free the kingdom, they will need to journey through the dangerous mist-cloaked forest. The only one who can lead them through is the monster that shares Elspeth's head: the Nightmare. And he's not eager to share any longer. Praise for One Dark Window: "Enthralling from beginning to shocking end." --Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf "Pulse pounding, darkly whimsical, and aglow with treacherous magic." --Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic The Shepherd King  One Dark Window  Two Twisted Crowns… (mere)
Medlem:LunaBones
Titel:Two Twisted Crowns (The Shepherd King)
Forfattere:Rachel Gillig (Forfatter)
Info:Orbit (2023), 480 pages
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{second in Shepherd King duology; fantasy, teen romance, dark magic}(2023)

This is the second and final part of the Shepherd King's story and we discover it via Elspeth in the Nightmare's mind and flashbacks (the Nightmare being an entity who has been intertwined with Elspeth since her childhood).
But Ravyn knew better. No promise comes without payment. Blunder was a place of magic - barters and bargains. Nothing was free. 'What does the Shepherd King want?' he asked the girl-spirit. 'What is he after?'
'Balance,' she answered, head tilting like a bird of prey. 'To right terrible wrongs. To free Blunder from the Rowans.' Her yellow eyes narrowed, wicked and absolute. 'To collect his due.'
Wild magic used to exist, granted by the Spirit of the Woods. Legend says the Shepherd King tricked the Spirit into giving him magic, with which he created twelve types of Providence Cards which controlled magic so people no longer needed to make offerings to her. In revenge the Spirit surrounded his country of Blunder with a magical mist which cut it off from its surrounding countries. Children caught in the mist run the risk of 'infection' which gives them unknown, uncontrollable magic which is never the same and which usually results in degeneration, of mind, body, spirit or all three.

There are two threads to this story; one is the desperate race by Ravyn (pronounced like the bird's name), Elspeth, Elm, Jespyr and company to collect the complete Deck of magical Providence Cards (including the missing sole Twin Alders card) before Solstice, at which point of the year magic is strongest (and before Ravyn's and Jespyr's brother, Emory, dies from the degeneration caused by the infection), to free the country of Blunder from the magical mist and the other is the story of the Shepherd King and how he originally created the Cards. One Dark Window featured the attraction between Ravyn and Elspeth while in this book his cousin Elm (the king's younger son) finds a partner for whom he is willing to risk almost everything.

Though it continues straight on from the previous book, Two Twisted Crowns doesn't feel quite the same; for one thing it doesn't have the rhymes scattered liberally through it. The overall impression I'm left with is tangled tree branches in the mist (yes, like the cover). I may have read this book in a bit of a rush because I don't remember the details - I had to go back to re-read the end to remember exactly how it went - and, to be honest, I wasn't in the right mood for teen (oh, alright, they were both 22) romance - but that's just me. And Gillig seems to have taken the old adage for writers to do the worst thing they can to their protagonist to heart - so many times everything was in place for our heroes to go ahead and win the day when they were blindsided - usually by Hauth - which set everything back to naught again.
A flash of red. 'Don't move,' came Hauth's voice. 'Don't even speak.'
Salt stung Elm's senses. His mind skittered to a halt, locking his muscles along with it. He was frozen
Though the main story is rounded off and finished, I thought this book raised more questions than it answered - why, for instance, does the magic of the Spirit of the Woods come with salt and why does the Spirit come from the sea in land- and mist-locked Blunder? I also thought Brutus Rowan got a bit of a short shift; I can see why he took the actions he did but he and his descendants are made into the villains of the story (admittedly deservedly so, in some cases).

A good finish but more confusing than the first book.

(January 2024)
3.75 stars ( )
  humouress | Feb 26, 2024 |
I know I’m late to the game with this duology, but I just finished Two Twisted Crowns and I couldn’t get enough! I started searching videos and reviews of other talking about my favorite parts of this book and saw so few so I decided to give my opinion of the best part of it!

Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely counting down chapters until I got to another part of Elm’s pov and got more of him and Ione. However the character/relationship development of the Shepherd King is something I will be thinking about for a very long time. While I loved this book I felt a lot of the plot twists were pretty predictable and felt the romance of One Dark Window and Two Twisted Crowns were so similar. The one thing I was not expecting was to be crying over the Shepherd King!!!!

Also, the multiple POVs really played a part in not being able to put this book down. I kept saying “after this chapter, I’m going to take a break” just to be left with a cliff hanger and needing to get the next chapter with that character’s pov.

I do think the ending was a bit rushed, that could just be not wanting to be done with these characters and this world. The Shepherd King series is the my first time jumping back into the fantasy realm since HP, and Rachel Gillig did an outstanding job setting up this world and magic system making it incredibly easy to follow.

My only worry is that no other fantasy is going to be able to compete with this one. ( )
  bvillegas410 | Feb 14, 2024 |
See raamat ajas mind kuulates iga natukese aja tagant hullult närvi oma kohatise imaluse ja ebavajalike lapsikuste ja üleseletamise ja korrutamisega, aga pooleli ka ei saanud jätta, lugu oli hea ja intriig vedas kaasa :) ( )
  sashery | Jan 29, 2024 |
Two Twisted Crowns is the finale of Rachel Gillig's The Shepherd King duology. As with any story ending, there is the chance of disappointment. I am here to say that there is no disappointment here. Ms. Gillig finishes her series with a worthy conclusion filled with action, twists, and love.

Not only does Two Twisted Crowns finish the story of Elspeth and the Nightmare, but we also learn how the Mist and the Providence Cards came to be. This becomes pertinent information and provides some much-needed answers to who the Nightmare is and his agenda.

What surprised me most about Two Twisted Crowns is how emotional it made me. Ms. Gillig pulls your heartstrings in unexpected ways. Not only do we come to understand the Nightmare, we watch Ravyn's growing desperation to save his family, and we get more insight into Elm's trauma. It adds a gravitas to the story that I wasn't expecting.

Two Twisted Crowns is a heart-pounding adventure story with many twists and turns. It makes One Dark Window seem tame in comparison. The way in which Ms. Gillig weaves all of the intricate pieces of her story together is masterful. As is her storytelling. Ms. Gillig puts you in the action with each character as they face each obstacle. You feel all their emotions, and there are many. She puts her characters through hell, and we are there for every bit of it.

I loved Two Twisted Crowns. I fell in love with Elspeth and Ravyn, Ione and Elm. The story of Blunder and the House of Rowan is much more complex than I thought. The sign of a good novel is never wanting it to end, and that is how I feel about Two Twisted Crowns. Since it did have to end, I cannot wait to see what Ms. Gillig has for us next. ( )
  jmchshannon | Oct 22, 2023 |
I felt like Stephan on SNL talking about this book. It has everything...evil princes, good princes, romance, magic filled forests and a spirit of the woods, regicide, magic cards, masked highwaymen. Seriously, I loved this book even more than the first one. If you read the first book you MUST read this one! ( )
  Verkruissen | Jul 6, 2023 |
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In the dark, spellbinding sequel to One Dark Window, Elspeth must confront the weight of her actions as she and Ravyn embark on a perilous quest to save the kingdom--perfect for readers of Hannah Whitten's For the Wolf and Alexis Henderson's The Year of the Witching. Gripped by a tyrant king and in the thrall of dark magic, the kingdom is in peril. Elspeth and Ravyn have gathered most of the twelve Providence Cards, but the last--and most important--one remains to be found: the Twin Alders. If they're going to find the card before Solstice and set free the kingdom, they will need to journey through the dangerous mist-cloaked forest. The only one who can lead them through is the monster that shares Elspeth's head: the Nightmare. And he's not eager to share any longer. Praise for One Dark Window: "Enthralling from beginning to shocking end." --Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf "Pulse pounding, darkly whimsical, and aglow with treacherous magic." --Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic The Shepherd King  One Dark Window  Two Twisted Crowns

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