Library Journal Review
Heloise has defeated the devil in her village at the cost of losing the girl she loved and her own right hand, as well as jeopardizing the safety of the villagers. She takes up the mantle of Palantine in the newly designed war machine she drives to rise up against the Order, the violent religious group that has harangued Heloise and her family. A defeat introduces them to the Traveling People, a clan of matriarchal magical users Heloise tries to convince to become allies. Despite confronting resistance, clashes, and betrayal, Heloise's belief stays strong: overthrow the Order and free her people. VERDICT Brutal and poignant, this grimdark fantasy follows up The Armored Saint, evoking the growth of a young woman against a bitter world, facing down those who idolize and scorn her. The journey will keep readers enthralled until the end.-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Heloise's journey continues in the next installment of the Sacred Throne series (after The Armored Saint , 2018) with her evolution from an angry, scared young girl to a revolutionary figure. Fresh from killing a demon and losing the girl she loves, Heloise is forced to continue moving forward on the uncharted path of rebellion. Because of the demon killing, and her ability to operate a special suit, others view her as sacred. Though she feels that no one should follow her and that her decision to start the rebellion was a bad one, she gains followers anyway. This complicates things with the emperor, who is godlike, loved, and worshipped, but whose vicious guard are out of control. But challenging the guard means challenging the emperor. Heloise is a wonderfully complicated character, and her unique dilemma will endear her to readers. The society that Cole creates in the book is unlike any other.--Emily Whitmore Copyright 2018 Booklist