I was not as drawn in by this book. Romanticizing abuse is not my thing. Of course Jude is still smart and of course she is still strong… and of course she is still being humiliated by Cardan. He enjoys making sport of her but she endures while figuring out a way to keep Oak safe and ensure he will inherit the throne when he’s ready.
I enjoy the emotional conflict between Jude and her surrogate father, Madoc. She still loves him despite him murdering her parents and he still loves her, even after she poisoned him (non-lethally). Taryn, her twin has always been as likable and trust worthy as a wet paper towel from the dollar store. Jude cares about everyone and Taryn cares only about herself. The only completely likeable character is Vivi, Jude’s oldest sister. Cardan makes for a horrible king and somewhere along the line, Jude is kidnapped by the Queen of the Undersea. That part of the book was boring and hard to get through.
Jude, of course, sleeps with Cardan in the book, and of course falls deeper in love with the man who has abused her since they were children. Once again, not a fan of abuse culture. Not sure if I’ll be checking out the 3rd book in the series, but I do wish the 2nd one had ended better.