The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten is an atmospheric and lush first book in a new fantasy series .
Ten years ago, Lore escaped from a cult in the catacombs. Now, she is working undercover as a poison runner. Lore has the ability to wield Mortem, a form of death magic. The church has prohibited its use, allowing only members of the Presque Mort to channel it.
But everything goes awry on Lore’s latest poison run, leading the Presque Mort to capture her and bring her to the Sainted King. Lore expects death, but instead, the king commands her to spy on his son Bastian. Now, Lore finds herself thrust into the glittering world of court intrigue and political machinations.
Lore’s life depends on finding out some truths for the king. She’ll have Gabe, a duke-turned-monk-turned-duke again, to help her on this investigation.
Review of The Foxglove King
I enjoyed Hannah Whitten’s debut, For the Wolf, but not nearly as much as this one, even though I gave them both four stars. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters in FtW. But here, the characters are fully realized, whether they are likeable or not.
I liked Lore’s refreshing character. She is a strong female character, confident in her sexuality. I was hoping for a bit more romance, but alas, there was mostly angst and a love triangle.
The court is similar to other fantasy books, but overall, it is still compelling with all its opulence and revelry.
The one thing that slightly irked me was how often the author mentioned Gabe’s disability. He’s missing an eye, and nearly every sentence about him references it. “His one eye looked at x.” “He read it with his eye,” etc. I think “he read…” or “he looked” would suffice, no?
But I will certainly read the rest of the trilogy as they become available.
Overall, I’d recommend this book if you enjoy angsty court-based fantasy with tons of intrigue.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Expected Publication: 07 March 2023
Thank you to Orbit for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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