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The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society has been destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he’s abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnantand they won’t release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he’s inheriting.
With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom.
Finding Eros is only half the problem, though; if they can return to the capital, he’ll need to be ready to prove he’s worthy of the throne to the high council, to the Sepharon and human people, and, most importantly, to himself.
About the Author
Ava Jae is a Latinx author who writes YA speculative fiction featuring marginalized characters grappling with identity. When they aren’t working on their next book, completing freelance editorial work, or buried under their TBR pile, you’ll likely find them on Twitter at @Ava_Jae, where they talk about the importance of representation and throw book recommendations at anyone who will listen. They are also the author of Beyond the Red and Into the Black. They reside in Boston, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having been a huge fan of “Beyond the Red”, the first book in this series, I was incredibly excited to pick up the second installment. At first I found it slightly underwhelming; it had a bit of a slow start and lacked some of the aspects I had so loved about the first book. As I got further into reading, however, my almost-disappointment was quickly eradicated. The continuity between the two first books in this trilogy is amazing, and each character had a unique and dynamic relationship with everyone else. It quickly became very politics-heavy, but it was well-written in a way that allowed me to understand everything despite having read the first book over a year ago. Each character had a very distinguishable personality that made them enjoyable and almost always relatable to read. This not only helped them stand apart but also stand together, as their qualities were written in a way that made their relationships authentic and believable. I would definitely recommend “Into the Black” for readers who enjoyed “Beyond the Red” and enjoy heavy aspects of world-building and compelling, dynamic characters. A slow start, but a great read!