The Rook (Twisted Kingdoms #2) by Frost Kay
The Dark Court is no place for a lady.
After tricking the king, Tempest has finally won her prize – a place on the king’s council – but it comes with a steep price. The monarch wishes for her to once again infiltrate the Jester’s Dark Court and crush the remaining rebellion.
Trapped between her kingdom and her honor, she throws herself into the task, determined to discover her true enemies. Slipping into her role as the Jester’s fiery plaything and personal assassin comes with an ease that terrifies her.
The charming and dangerous shapeshifter and his world of eternal night tempts her to forget her purpose. But Tempest is no man’s pawn. Her destiny was never to sit back passively.
She makes her own path. Even if it’s painted with blood, strewn with bodies, and scattered with the pieces of her broken heart.
I really do enjoy Frost Kay’s writing. I think he does fantasy and fairy tale very well, though the plot of this series isn’t anything we haven’t read before. And I do think I would have liked a little bit more action, but I see how this book really set up for the next book so I am not complaining.
That being said, I really like Tempest as a character. I like that she is written realistically and I love that she didn’t just blindly join the rebelling. Even after being there, she continues to hold true to her morals and wanting to do what is right and takes a stand at her own expense. She is very self sacrificing, so I really hope it doesn’t come down to that.
On the other hand, there is Pyre. I really like his character and his slyness, but I HATE him as her love interest. I think for the character he plays as leader of the rebellion it is very fitting. However, he treats Tempest awfully, and she is still lusting after him *rolls eyes.*
Dear Authors, please STOP writing characters who lust after / love people who do not treat them well! Since it is a YA and there will obviously be more romance as the series continues, I really hope Pyre can change my opinion of him.
Kay is working on mulitple different series at once so I just know I am going to have to wait awhile for the next book to be published. Patience is not a virtue I possess so catch me waiting very impatiently. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you guys think of the series!