Reading Update – Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Title Kingsbane

Author Claire Legrand

Description from Amazon

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien―but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption―fear of becoming another Rielle―keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted―by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

Current Chapter

I’m in the middle of Chapter 31 right now so about 58% of the way finished.  (No, that’s not a guess, Apple Books tells you how much you finished.)

Thoughts so Far

I am enjoying the audiobook of this one quite a bit.  At first, the accent of the reader was a bit challenging for me to understand (I am terrible with accents), but now, I think I really like it.

I loved the POV chapters from Navi, Simon, and Ludivine.  I hope there are more of those to come.  They were a nice change of pace from Rielle and Eliana.

I love the letters from Ilmare to Audric at the beginning of several of Rielle’s chapters.  They give such interesting context to the chapter ahead.

Things I Want to See

More POV from the other characters.

Zara’s back story – I still haven’t gotten that.  But now, there’s some hope that I will soon.

More about Marks – are they human, angel, or some kind of hybrid?  How many generations removed from angels are they?  I have so many questions.  I need to know more.

While this book is very good, I have found that I don’t feel compelled to continue listening.  When I listened to Legendary and Finale by Stephanie Garber, I couldn’t stop listening.  I would turn it on while I brushed my teeth in the morning just to get a few more minutes.  I even rode one subway stop farther than I needed to so I could have a little more time listening to the story before work one morning.  But, unfortunately, I don’t feel that right now with Kingsbane.  I do really like it, but it’s not as magnetic as other books I have listened to.

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