I suggest reading the first book in the series, Queen of the Tearling, before this one. It isn’t a necessity, but it does make things a whole lot clearer. In the beginning of Invasion of the Tearling.
A lot of the fates of the characters from the first book are introduced in the first few chapters, so a new reader to this series might have a wee bit of difficulty keeping track of who, why and when.
It has one of the strangest present to past time evolution plots I have read in quite a while.The past is described as a post-apocalyptic misogynistic world, and the present is an almost medieval fantasy like world with plenty of magic, but with echoes of the 21st century.
Although the slipping from one life into another is quite interesting it doesn’t seem to have much point other than to validate family connections.
Lily’s story or rather the world she lives in is quite interesting. A world where women have no rights at all, and men are free to do with them as they please. Including abuse them when they feel like it. Sounds rather medieval, despite all the modern trappings, doesn’t it? Whereas in Kelsea’s world the women rule the roost. Although some of those misogynistic elements are reflected in Kelsea’s world, especially in certain male high-born leaders.
Overall it is a creative fantasy driven by power struggles and family secrets.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.