Well, it’s officially snowing here and I’m not excited to see how much we end up with (hasn’t stopped since about 12 noon today)
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
THE HIVE QUEEN – Robin Kirk (Released August 29th, 2020)
In the second book in the INDIE-award-winning Bond Trilogy, warrior Fir leads his brothers on a quest for salvation that will threaten everything he holds dear.
After the battle that toppled the Weave, warrior Fir leads his brothers east to escape servitude, or worse—death at the hands of rival warriors. They search for the fabled Master of Men who promises freedom for men in the Weave. But their quest leads them to a foe more dangerous than they could have imagined.
When the beautiful Hive Queen, Odide, bespells Fir, he’s compelled to betray his brothers—and risks dooming them all to an unspeakable fate. To survive, Fir must choose between his loyalty to his brothers, his allegiance to the Queen, and his love for Dinitra.
But salvation is not what it seems. When the worlds of the Hive and the Master collide, it triggers a devastating betrayal that leaves Fir with an impossible choice: can he sacrifice his brothers for the love he thought he could never have?
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
If you’re looking for an epic fantasy type read, then this is one that needs to be added to that TBR. While THE HIVE QUEEN is the second book in the The Bond Trilogy, I was able to read and not feel too lost. I definitely want to go back and read book one to get to know the world more and get the new perspective.
The author gives us an incredible new world to travel to and she did a great job dropping us right in the middle of it. The writing really jumped off the page and the pacing was perfect to keep my attention from start to finish. As someone that doesn’t read a ton in the fantasy genre, this was a book that reminded me I should try branching out into it more.
The intricate world-building, the case of characters, and the engaging and imaginative story made for an entertaining read from start to finish. Plenty of action, love, and some twists to keep you on your toes! I’m very curious to see where the final book will take us!
About the Author:
Robin Kirk is the author of the The Bond Trilogy for young adults, which includes the INDIE Award-Winning The Bond (2018) and The Hive Queen (2020), both with Blue Crow Books.
Her short fiction has been published in Tomorrow, an anthology of speculative fiction from Kayelle Press, in Beyond the Nightlight, an anthology published by A Murder of Storytellers, in The Moon Magazine, and in other venues. She won an honorable mention in the Chicago Reader’s 2014 Pure Fiction contest.
She is also an award-winning non-fiction writer. Her essay on Belfast is included in the Best American Travel Writing of 2012; she won the Glamour magazine non-fiction contest; and she was featured in Oxford American’s “Best of the South” issue. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The American Scholar, and Sojourners, among other publications. She writes a regular column for the Durham Herald-Sun. Kirk has also published nonfiction books, including More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (PublicAffairs) and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (University of Massachusetts Press). She coedits the The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University) and is an editor of Duke University Press’s World Readers series.
Kirk is a Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project. She is a lecturer in Duke’s Department of Cultural Anthropology. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Children’s and Young Adult literature from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her website at robinkirk.com.
Where to Purchase a Copy: