The thrilling, un-put-downable sequel to The Year of Four.
According to the press, Phoebe Pope and teen movie star Colten Chase are no longer an item-which is just how the happy new couple like it. And yet there's trouble in paradise . . .
Phoebe is haunted by dreams that show her things she can't possibly know about-including a pact between Colten and a wanted assassin. In the daylight, she struggles to keep a newly emerging power hidden, even as her hands itch to wield it.
Meanwhile, in the wake of their escape from a Vigo crèche, Phoebe and her fellow Hyphas study under lock and key at the Campus Below. As the foursome wait to see who among them will fulfill the prophecy, someone dear to Phoebe is kidnapped by a powerful Vigo determined to use her to spy on the Shaper royalty. When the Hyphas are called to the Royal Court, Phoebe refuses to heed warnings of imminent danger for she will do whatever it takes to rescue her loved one.
But once at court, nothing is as it first appears. A sinister force controls some royals, while others whisper behind closed doors about forbidden alliances. And as Phoebe draws on her courage to complete the task set by her enemy, she makes a startling discovery-one that upends her father's memory.
With dangerous conspiracies surfacing, Phoebe must uncover what the Royal Shapers really want from her, and decide whether there's room for Colten in her unraveling life.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After racing through The Year of Four, I couldn't wait to start The Blood of Kings, the second book in the series. I was beyond excited to see what adventures Phoebe and the rest of the Hyphas would get into next, and I especially couldn't wait to see how Phoebe and Colten's romance developed. However, a small part of me was scared that I wouldn't love this book nearly as much as the first. The result? Just when I thought Nya Jade couldn't possibly top the amazingness that was The Year of Four, The Blood of Kings showed up and blew me away! Full of action, suspense, and jaw-dropping-no-that-DIDN'T-just-happen moments, The Blood of Kings doesn't just avoid the sophomore slump it completely surpasses any trace of it! Just like with The Year of Four, I loved Phoebe. In this book, she begins to dive more into her abilities and what they mean for her future. I enjoyed seeing her test and use her powers, especially when they brought her into contact with some amazing mentors. Phoebe also became even more strong and fearless. She faces a lot of internal and external conflict throughout The Blood of Kings, and while most people would've gone running and screaming the other way, Phoebe ALWAYS took it head-on, no matter how tough and scary the situation got. I also loved seeing her friendships and relationship develop within this. Her bond with the other Hyphas became one of my favorite parts of the book - the four of them were thrown together with almost nothing in common yet they've managed to become this adorable little family. I loved seeing them confide and put trust in one another - it added such a great "family" element to the book. Again, I do't want to say too much about the plot, because it's something you just need to experience for yourself. However, just like with The Year of Four, this one keeps you guessing all the way through! I loved the increase of court drama as well as the bigger look into the prophecies and tensions occurring between the Vigos and Shapers. And the ending? OH. MY. GOSH. WHERE. IS. THE. NEXT. BOOK. In all, I have so much love for this series and author! I seriously can't wait to see what adventure Nya takes us on next! Grade: A+
I was looking forward to diving into this book after reading the first one in the series and wasn't disappointed. Phoebe is under tight watch with the three other half-shifters, Hyphas, thanks to the prophecy which claims that one of them will wield the power to change the war. The upcoming meeting with the Royal Crown, the leaders of the Shifters, isn't helping to calm her nerves. Throw in strange dreams and more layers of intrigue, and Phoebe is off in another action packed adventure. Phoebe still isn't sure how she fits in but thanks to her friends and a good head on her shoulders is managing. Just as she's learning more about her emotional power, a new one is settling in. This constant learning about herself and the world around her, make her easy to sympathize with. She has special powers but isn't sure how to file them in her life, and is always dealing with more on top of it. In other words, she's not perfect and has to handle what's thrown at her. But she's fairly level headed, suspicious enough not to be naive and ready to do what she has to when the situation demands. There were so many new twists and turns in this book that it felt just as refreshing and exciting as the first. While some of the side characters offer clear and needed support, others have shadows which make it difficult to know what side they're on or what their true intentions are. The layers keep the plot interesting the whole way through. There's never a boring moment, but Phoebe runs from one situation into the next, taking on whatever gets in her way. Even the romance stays on its toes. . .although this hero is one to definitely stick with and root for. The two make a wonderful team but don't over shadow the value of Phoebe's other friends. And Phoebe needs the help because despite all of her bravery and strengths, there's a lot for her to face. In other words, this read grabbed me on the first page and held me until the very end. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to leave my honest thoughts and opinions.