The Righteous

Putnam. (The Beautiful Quartet: Bk. 3). Dec. 2021. 432p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781984812612.
Gr 9 Up–The third book in this series brings Pippa Montrose from supporting character to center stage. Arjun is sent to find a fey healer, and when Pippa’s investigation leads her to his apartment, she ends up following him to the court of the fey. When Pippa is discovered and put in peril, Arjun claims her as his fiancé to keep the fey at bay. This book feels less 1872 than the previous installments, perhaps because so much takes place in a fantasy court with its own rules and political intrigue. Ahdieh’s writing is lush as she balances various points of view throughout the novel. The romance is delightful, as is the sex positivity, intersectional feminism, and discussions of colonialism. Pippa is white, Arjun is part Indian, part fey.
VERDICT Originally a duology, this series was expanded because of its popularity. The vicious fey court makes this an easy recommendation to fans of Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince.

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