Razorbill | Penguin Random House
ISBN: 1984835246 (ISBN-13: 9781984835246)
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[ !!SPOILERS AHEAD!! FINISH BOOK 1 FIRST! ]
A girl fated to rule. An ally more dangerous than any enemy.
Having survived the Crossing, Zahru returns to the shocking revelation that she’s been marked by the gods to rule Orkena–but so has Kasta, her would-be executioner.
Praise for The Cruelest Mercy
★ “In this charming, well-rounded follow-up to The Kinder Poison, Zahru’s entertaining, funny narrative voice continues to engage and balance out the otherwise heavier tone of a story that deals with power dynamics, dark magic, horrific betrayals, and social injustice and that offers a thoughtful examination of just what a ruler should be willing to sacrifice for the greater good. A fantastically rewarding sequel.”
— Kirkus, starred review
“Once again, Natalie Mae has written a fantasy novel that grips and entertains its readers … With its quick and easy writing style, its fascinating trio of lead characters, and plenty of secrets, threats and suspicious behaviours to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, The Cruelest Mercy is a novel that fantasy fans will race through in no time at all – and it ends with the kind of wicked, tantalising closing chapter that will leave readers wishing for the next book to arrive as soon as possible too.”