Review: For The Throne by Hannah Whitten

For The Wolf was one of my favourite 2021 reads, if you haven’t read it yet where have you been?! Now’s the time to get to it though, as the sequel For The Throne hits bookshelves June 9th. I was lucky enough to read an early copy, and you know I loved it just as much…

I don’t know whether it’s because I loved For The Wolf so much and was so excited for this book, but I felt like I slipped back into the world of the Wilderwood really fast. I skipped the usual ‘which character is that’ confusion that usually accompanies returning to a series after a years break.

The setting is what really shines in Whitten’s writing, the world of the Shadowlands was decadently creepy and so very visceral. I found this book overall much darker than For The Wolf, which balanced out the creepiness of the Wilderwood with Eammon & Red’s wholesome romance. The darkness of this book served as a great background for Neve & Solmir’s angsty love. I really feel like Whitten struck the balance between developing Neve & Solmir’s romance, whilst still returning to the Wilderwood to give the readers a hit of Red and Eammon.

There’s nothing wholesome about Solmir and Neve though, their villains-falling-in-love story was the perfect accompaniment to the spooky Shadowlands. I also loved that this sequel explored the side characters’ personalities more – I loved getting to see more of Lyra & Fife, and I found Raffe’s POV chapters really enjoyable. He really brings the energy of ‘I’m just a normal dude, how did I end up here’ which bought a sense of light humour to things.

Kayu was in Valleyda to use the library, making her the latest in a string of bookish women who’d made themselves thorns in his ass.

Raffe’s POV, For The Throne

The writing of this book as ever holds Whitten’s signature lyrical beauty. You’ll want to read with a highlighter in hand because this book is lush with beautiful prose. The atmosphere created is so rich, you’ll feel like you’re battling in the Shadowlands with Neve, or traversing the globe with Redarys.

It serves up just the right amount of folkloric morality, whilst going hard on the fairytale atmosphere.

All that striving for goodness does nothing but exhaust you. No one can decide what goodness really is. Such an arbitrary thing, and we use it like a noose.

Valchior, For The Throne

Basically, if you like folklore vibes, morally grey love interests, enemies to lovers, and reading books with your heart in your throat, you should read For The Throne.

★★★★★

Thank you Little Brown Book Group for the Advanced Copy.