Please note that I have not yet read A Grim and Sunken Vow by Ashley Shuttleworth (The third installment of The Hollow Star Saga). That said, this should not be constituted as a review. Instead, it is carefully (no spoilers) pulled quotes from the prologue and first chapter. I will caution that if you have not read the first two books (you are reading wrong), there could be slight spoilers in the below summary. The first two books are A Dark and Hollow Star and A Cruel and Fated Light. Goodreads summary of A Grim and Sunken Vow by Ashley Shuttleworth (quotes below summary):
Arlo and her friends must decide how far they’re willing to go to depose a cruel ruler in this third book in the Hollow Star Saga.
The die is cast.
The era of Spring is over.
Riadne’s bloody coup on the Summer Solstice changed Arlo’s life forever. In one fell swoop and a fool’s bargain, she lost both her family and free will to the newly crowned High Queen. Now, with Arlo forced to use her powers as Luck’s Hollow Star to help summon the rest of the seven deadly sins, Riadne stands closer than ever to achieving her dark goals.
And Arlo isn’t the only one trapped in a frightening new role. Her ex-Fury girlfriend, Nausicaä, is determined to do whatever it takes to stay by Arlo’s side, even if that means becoming Riadne’s pet assassin. Aurelian and Vehan, torn apart, struggle to survive on their own.
Thank you to Margaret K. McElderry Books for an advance copy of A Grim and Sunken Vow by Ashley Shuttleworth, releasing November 28, 2023
Meanwhile, Celadon has been revealed as Riadne’s illegitimate son—and heir to both Spring and Summer, the ultimate offense in the faerie world. But the High Prince has secret plans of his own, plans made all the more complicated when the beautiful and deadly immortal Hunter Lethe takes an interest in him…
Five budding legacies will need more than luck if they hope to stand a chance against the greatest adversary the Courts have faced. For nothing’s more dangerous than a faerie tale… except the one who tells it, and maybe what they’re going to need is no longer that story’s hero but its villain.
Did these quotes pull you into A Grim and Sunken Vow? Did it convince you to read the first two books in The Hollow Star Series?
If you haven’t read A Dark and Hollow Star and A Cruel and Fated Light, I implore you to do so. You can bash me on Twitter (X?), unfollow me if you hate it. If you have read the first two books in The Hollow Star Saga, how psyched are you for A Grim and Sunken Vow?