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The long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed YA fantasy Of Fire and Stars! Mare and Denna travel to a new and dangerous kingdom where Denna will be trained to tame her magic by a mysterious queen who is not all she seems. Perfect for fans of Malinda Lo and Kristin Cashore.

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last - only to face a new set of dangers.

Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just as Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town in Mynaria changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: She must quickly broker an alliance with the queen of Zumorda to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms; it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers Denna a place among her elite trainees - an opportunity that would force her to choose between her magic and Mare.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare struggles to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. By making unconventional friends, her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grow, and so, too, do her suspicions about who is truly behind the attacks on Zumorda and her homeland.

As rising tensions and unexpected betrayals put Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerge on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

©2019 Audrey Coulthurst (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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I LOVE my Princesses😘🥰😍

Loved how Denna and Mare evolved to much stronger princesses. They loved each other when they're together but love much more when they're not. My heart ached and blossomed with every emotions the characters felt, thanks to the talented narrators. The story make me want for more of Denna and Mare's adventure, will definitely wait for the third book.🥰🥰🥰

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Amazing story

Both narrators really embody the characters. The story is refreshing. Edge of my seat. Love!

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Leaving the success of the first book in the dust!

well I must say I was not only hesitant to begin, I also was weary during the first few chapters that this story would not be a strong follow up. boy was I wrong! this surpassed the first book in both the political turmoil of the kingdoms in this tale, and the romance between the 2 princesses.

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not expected after book 1

missing most of the amazing elements from book 1, namely romance and interesting side characters

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i loved this story and its world but

this book series is currently a favorite and the world building was amazing. the dialogue was impeccable. this book also has probably the best performance narration I've heard in a while. but... and light spoilers ahead the ending felt so anticlimactic it felt like it was just too easy to defeat the villain at the end i get the idea behind it but It was just not very well executed. I felt like the pacing just happened to quickly like at one moment someone dies dramatically and the next moment suddenly the fights over "god" is defeated in the span of a few sentences

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Great adventure

An fun tale, and great ending. Looking forward to a third book in the future!

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So happy I found this author

I went through a lot of duds and other books that just did not resonate with me before finding this author and adding her to my favorite writers list. The characters are complex and interesting and the writing style is very charming. Romantic and quirky and very queer. A refreshing read for sure.

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Rushed Ending

The second installment of this series would have been so much better if it hadn't of felt so rushed. I felt like the entire ending was sort of skimmed over. And considering the amazing build up, the end turned out to be a huge disappointment. I found myself feeling a bit dismayed how all these huge developments were just written down like a tired shrug.

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Perfection

It just doesn’t get better than this. Everything you could want in a fantasy f/f story. The performance was exquisite as well! Hats off to the author and narrators!! And please please pleaaaaase write another Mare & Denna book!!

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Can't wait for more!

What can I say, this is just an overall amazing book. The narration is amazing, the characters lovable, and the plot very entertaining even if sometimes a bit predictable. Just the way I like! So happy I found this series, it's one of my favorites now :)