*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Seven years have passed and Sibylla is captured by the Troll Queen, jeopardizing the prophesy she must fulfill
There’s some interesting palace intrigue going on here in this rich fantasy world. There’s a lot of lore to play around with and I didn’t expect a 7 year jump from the first volume. That’s an interesting choice since most stories are quick to get to the big prophesy part right away. This is an interesting twist giving room for a compelling cast of characters. I like the uniqueness. 4 out of 5.
Sibylla is given a prophecy as a young girl that she will marry a monster named The Black Bull and despite dreaming of a life of adventure, she goes willingly when the beast appears at her door years later. They embark on a quest to break his curse but no one will tell Sibylla why this curse exists or if it should be worth her life to end it.
This is an impressive and interesting start to a young adult series with very strong characterization for such a short volume. Sibylla is a strong woman obviously out of her depth with all the mystical things suddenly surrounding her but she strives to learn as much as she can. I enjoyed following her through this journey and I look forward to the next one! 3.9 out of 5.