The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell

The Two-Faced Queen (The Legacy of the Mercenary King, #2)

by Nick Martell

The Hollows is gripped in unrest and on the brink of civil war as an insurgency of anarchists rise, and brother and sister vie for the throne in the second novel in the critically hailed Legacy of the Mercenary King series which Brandon Sanderson called “excellent.”

Michael Kingman thought he was going to die by the executioner’s axe, forever labeled as a traitor. Still alive, and under the protection of the Orbis Mercenary company, Michael and his family and friends are deeply involved in the seemingly rival conspiracies that are tearing The Hollows apart. With the death of the King, both the Corrupt Prince and his sister Serena are vying for the throne, while the Rebel Emperor is spreading lies amongst the people, and all of them want Michael dead. This is a story of betrayal, murder, and rebellion, and in this direct sequel to the debut novel The Kingdom of Liars, also some hope for justice.

For readers who love the intrigue and widening scope of epic fantasy like Sanderson’s Mistborn and Week’s The Black Prism, you will find your next must-read fantasy series.

Reviewed by Ashley on

3.5 of 5 stars


Didn't like it as much as the first one. The plot felt all over the place. A new queen (who didn't even seem that two faced to me?), a serial killer, the drug trade, dragons, immortals, a rebellion, a mercenary company initiation…. It just felt like everything was happening and I didn't know what the focus should be. It's also starting to get a little religious?

Anyway I do like Michael as a character. Just bummed that this was a bit all over plot wise.

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