Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi
Expected publication: October 16th 2018
In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down.
Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima’s dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.
With Arzu’s help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik—sin-eaters with Taj’s same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik—one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.
Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She’s immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima’s magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny—a future she’s not sure she wants.
As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj’s true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he’s hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her mostly deadly weapon—Taj’s former best friend, Bo.
After seeing all the negative reviews I wasn’t expecting to like Beasts Made of Night so much and even I was a little annoyed with the cliffhanger ending it had. Taj was also a character I liked mostly for his strength and his ability to add humour into the darkest situations so I’ve been looking forward to this book’s release since the moment I fell in love with the first one. I needed this next adventure like, yesterday because this would have been perfect for my trip last month, but that seems to be the nature with books: you enjoy the first one but have to wait ages for the next instalment. Gah, need need need!