They’re back from the dunes, but their fate keeps shifting like sand. Stella Dorthwany’s Blood Traitors continues from Legendary Magic series book 1, Sand and Storm, and brings cousins Cora and Faryn back home to the capital, where nonstop action and intrigue swiftly ensue. Estoria City is founded—literally—in magic, and old currents pull the girls and their friends into an approaching maelstrom involving the royal family. Cora’s not sure she could save her new kiss-less political marriage even if she wanted to. And after Faryn’s heart is broken, she’s conscripted into spycraft where her empathy and honesty are both her weaknesses and greatest strengths. Old friends, new friends—can anyone be trusted when the power of the empire hangs in the balance?
Best for: Fans of fast-paced action, fun new twists on stock fantasy elements, and sizzling-yet-clean romances.
Discern: Very magic-infused plot, characters, and even houses, with some dark overtones, and blood-related scenes.