In this The Unseelie Throne book review, I’m sharing my thoughts on the third book in the Maze of Shadows series by Kathryn Ann Kingsley. As usual I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, however, there may still be a few small spoilers in this review.
“No, my darling, sweet little Seelie witch. You have my loyalty, and my honesty, until the stars burn to dust.”Kathryn Ann Kingsley, The Unseelie Throne.
The Unseelie Throne is the third book in a series that I found recommended on Tik Tok. It is a completed series, currently available also on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a hauntingly beautiful story with amazing world building and character development.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Animal Death
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
Synopsis and Author
Now that Abigail is back with the Prince they have a new deal. Abigail must find the answer to the Maze or marry Valroy by Spring. Even though she doesn’t want to love Valroy, it’s becoming increasingly harder to resist his attempts at romance. He might be evil, but she wants him to be her evil.
Still Abigail knows that if she doesn’t find a way to stop Valroy from starting his war, her faekind and former humankind will be killed or enslaved.
Kathryn Ann Kingsley has a love for monsters and finds beauty in villains. She brings these types of characters to life in a beautiful world she creates with a story that sucks you in and won’t let go.
The Unseelie Throne Reading Experience
In The Unseelie Throne we are back in the maze Abigail is exploring never before seen areas that are terrifying and cruel. Once again we get the point of view of Abigail, Viceroy, Afran, and others in the third person narrative.
This book moved a bit faster than the last book because we have a few more action scenes and as said in the Foreword, the characters finally have sex in this one. So it’s been an amazing slow burn and the pay off is absolutely worth it. I would give this a 3.5 peppers.
The ebook version of this book is 284 pages and 27 chapters. Once again the world building and character growth are beyond fantastic and realistic to the story line. It’s easy to read, entertaining, and really sucks you in.
Kathryn Ann Kingsley really knows how to write a story that gives you enough description that you get sucked in without it being overly wordy and hard to read. She also writes her characters that are monstrous but completely normal or lovable.
The Unseelie Throne Book Review
Abigail and Viceroy have such an amazing dynamic in this book. The way Viceroy tries to woo Abigail. Abigail does everything she can to try to find a way to hate Viceroy but just keeps falling for him even further than she already has.
Anfar and Parin make my favorites list once again for being funny and supportive friends for both Abigail and Viceroy. I also love how they and Viceroy react to Puck and how Abigail protects Puck from everyone. Once again the expressions and actions of Puck are wonderful.
Queen Titania is still on my hated characters list however, I will not go into detail on my reasons because of spoilers.
This series just keeps getting better as we head towards the final book in the series. I love how the author kept it realistic that Abigail doesn’t fall so completely and easily for the villain in the story. It’s a natural progression.
Additionally, the villain has a natural progression in his love for Abigail. He woos her, wins her, and they find a way to love when they are fundamentally opposed to each other’s goals. It’s absolutely a beautiful and well written story.
If you are a fan of Zodiac Academy or CN Crawford this is probably a series you would like as well.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
The Unseelie Throne gets 5 stars from me. I have so completely fallen in love with these characters, their dynamic, and how they work. While the issues Abigail and Viceroy have with each other could so easily be their downfall, Abigail is finding a way to love while preventing Viceroy from killing so many others.
- The spicy scenes are very good.
- Likewise the romance in this book is fantastic.
- The character growth among most of the characters is beautiful.
Final Thoughts on The Unseelie Throne
I didn’t realize coming into this series just how much I was going to love the characters. I haven’t read a lot of villain love stories but this one set the bar extremely high for me.
Kathryn Ann Kingsley does an absolutely stunning job about creating monsters who are terrifying and beautiful at the same time. You fall for these characters in the same way Abigail does.
I’m sad that the next book is the last, but I’m hoping for a happy ending, somehow. I can’t wait to see what Abigail does next and how this story works out.
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