This very inventive paranormal story depicts complicated human-griffin relations as it continues to provide an amazing combination of surprising developments in a harsh world. These griffins have a very definite idea of how they expect matters to progress, even if that doesn’t conform with the desires of the humans around them. The intriguing connections to significant players in the past conflicts provide surprising alterations in the ongoing struggle for power even as the violence continues to escalate and gory events mark power shifts. The eerie implications of the effects of magic plus the powers that are conferred by the single-minded Night God make this another complex story that combines unpredictable developments with creative challenges. The prospect of exploring yet another kingdom’s denizens and culture promises to add even more fascinating twists in this imaginative series.
“The Shadowed Throne” by K.J. Taylor is Book Two of the ‘Risen Sun’ series which continues the saga started in the ‘Fallen Moon’ trilogy. Queen Laela is still finding her way through the complications of being the half-breed on the throne despite opposition from Saeddryn Taranisaii, Arenadd’s cousin, who is not content to be just the High Priestess of Malvern. Laela’s partner, Oeka the griffin, delves into magic that may require an immense sacrifice that will change their relationship forever while an unexpected being named Kullervo threatens to challenge everyone’s preconceptions. The machinations of the Night God continue to alter the sequence of events started so long ago by Arenadd’s adventures and the ongoing distrust between those of the North and those of the South promises to flare into another major conflict that may destroy any progress that was achieved at such great cost.
Arenadd Taranisäii, infamous leader of the Northern people, has vanished. Only his half-breed daughter Laela knows what happened to him. Left to rule her father’s Kingdom, Laela is all that stands in the way of the war her cousin Saeddryn wants to declare. But Laela faces a far more dangerous enemy: the Night God herself wants Laela dead.
Faced by enemies on all sides, Laela must learn to rule, and survive, with her griffin partner Oeka by her side. As allies come from unexpected places, someone new will enter Laela’s life: the mysterious shapeshifter Kullervo.
But soon the Night God will send the most dangerous enemy of all?the deadly Shadow That Walks, an invincible murderer created to fulfill only one mission: kill Laela.