Review: Garden of Serpents by C.N. Crawford

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The time has come for the final installment of The Demon Queen Trials trilogy, Garden of Serpents. If you haven’t read my reviews on the first two (City of Thorns and Lord of Embers), you can find them on my blog! 

As always, I’m going to do my best to write this review without spoilers, but I’m afraid there’s no way of getting around spoilers for the first two books.

Rowan, an anxious, socially-maladjusted doomsday prepper with a wardrobe that would make Wednesday Addams jealous, finds herself in the running to become the City of Thorns’ next Queen. She and her on-again-off-again enemy and lover, Orion, are neck and neck. After a series of miscommunications and forcing Rowan into exile in the human world, Orion seems to have seen the error of his ways. He wants to share the crown with Rowan, but she’s unsure if she can trust him. The stakes have never been higher as they begin the trials. It’s not about becoming queen: it’s about saving humanity. 

Garden of Serpents was far stronger than its predecessor Lord of Embers. I was, admittedly, a bit nervous coming into this book because I worried that it would feel as incomplete. Fortunately, Crawford really came through for this installment!

I feel like it was the perfect conclusion to The Demon Queen Trials. The pacing was great, and the storytelling (as always) was wonderful. I love how intricately woven the storylines were. There were even a few surprises to be enjoyed, as well!

As always, it’s sad to see the end of a series you loved, but I’m so happy I got to read these books. Now it’s time to dig into Crawford’s backlog and see what else I can dive into!

Have you read this series? What was your favorite book? If you haven’t, have you read any of Crawford’s other work? Any recommendations?

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