384p. Random. Feb. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101933749.
Gr 9 Up—Another intriguing and fast-paced novel set in the corporate Kingdom of Sonoman-Versailles. Danica is married to the King of Versailles after being betrayed and hand-delivered by the drug lord Reginald. While her status in society has been elevated to the highest level, and many are envious of her position as queen, Danica is in the same gilded prison that she was in Glitter. However, in this installment, the stakes have been raised. Danica now finds herself facing three enemies instead of one. There is the king's jealous lover Lady Cyn who wishes to discredit her and rob her of power. Justin Wyndham, the king himself, seeks to dominate and control Danica. Then, of course, there is the duplicitous Reginald who is blackmailing Danica so she will sell more drugs and who holds the life of her enslaved lover Saber in his hands. To rescue herself and everyone she cares about, she must assume her role of queen and drug dealer and harness the power of both while venturing further down the path of perdition. Fans who have waited for this sequel to will not be disappointed. The complex plot and Pike's highly adept writing will leave readers breathless to find out what happens next.
VERDICT Give this to those who enjoy "The Selection" series by Keira Cass, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, or Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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