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Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them. Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, espec Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them. Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage. But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found. Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.


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Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them. Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, espec Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them. Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage. But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found. Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

30 review for Warmaidens

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I actually enjoyed the first book more than this conclusion. And I have to point out the covers of these books are beautiful! Dagan is my favorite character, he’s just a sugar plum! I got mad sometimes at how Kammani treated him. I still enjoyed Kammani, but she seemed a bit different. There is still some blood and gore, nothing major in my opinion as I read some Grimdark, but it’s there. Naturally, some people die as well. I was happy with the ending and I loved the story of the boatman, that b I actually enjoyed the first book more than this conclusion. And I have to point out the covers of these books are beautiful! Dagan is my favorite character, he’s just a sugar plum! I got mad sometimes at how Kammani treated him. I still enjoyed Kammani, but she seemed a bit different. There is still some blood and gore, nothing major in my opinion as I read some Grimdark, but it’s there. Naturally, some people die as well. I was happy with the ending and I loved the story of the boatman, that brought a little tear to my eye. At any rate, I still enjoyed the book. Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 *Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a digital copy of this book. BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    I'm sorry to say, this may sting a bit. Brace yourselves. Unfortunately, Warmaidens was a pretty big disappointment for me. I enjoyed Gravemaidens quite a bit when I read it last year. In fact, I felt it was underrated in the YA Fantasy genre. The world of Alu was so interesting to me. The whole concept of the gravemaidens, the competition that led to their selection and the fact that even though it was essentially a death sentence for the young women chosen, the position was still revered within t I'm sorry to say, this may sting a bit. Brace yourselves. Unfortunately, Warmaidens was a pretty big disappointment for me. I enjoyed Gravemaidens quite a bit when I read it last year. In fact, I felt it was underrated in the YA Fantasy genre. The world of Alu was so interesting to me. The whole concept of the gravemaidens, the competition that led to their selection and the fact that even though it was essentially a death sentence for the young women chosen, the position was still revered within their society. I also loved reading about the relationship between the main character, Kammani, and her younger sister, Nanaea. They were complete opposites, with Kammani being responsible and serious, while Nanaea was more vain and emotional. Their relationship had some volatility to it that kept it compelling and there were some beautifully written, emotional scenes involving them learning to love one another even through their differences. Those scenes were some of my favorite of the first book. Since Gravemaidens ended on an intriguing cliffhanger, I was super stoked to get into this sequel. Unfortunately, this continuation was lacking all of the things I enjoyed the most about the first book. Nanaea was unrecognizable in comparison to her character in Gravemaidens. While I understand that her character would have grown based on what she went through in the first book, would there be no shred of her original personality left? Also, I never felt any real high stakes drama. It was just fairly bland the entire way through and read extremely slowly. It was so singular in focus, taking forever to get anywhere, and my eyes definitely glazed over on more than one occasion. The conclusion was in no way exciting, or surprising. At the end there was this odd scene that was like the end of a Saturday Night Live episode. You know, where the whole cast gathers on stage as the music plays them out, hugging and congratulating one another. It was a choice. With all of this being said, even though this didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't work for you. If you read the first book and enjoyed it, you should absolutely try this one for yourself. Don't take my word for it! Thank you so much to the publisher, Delacorte Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my thoughts and opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Coon

    Yes, I'm rating my own book as five stars, and I am not ashamed. =) We've been working so hard to make this a spectacular finale to the duology. I can't wait to get it into your hands! XOXO Kell Yes, I'm rating my own book as five stars, and I am not ashamed. =) We've been working so hard to make this a spectacular finale to the duology. I can't wait to get it into your hands! XOXO Kell

  4. 5 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the conclusion to this duology as much as the first book. This confirms my thoughts that Gravemaidens would have made a strong standalone novel, as the high stakes and intrigue that made it such a page-turner were unfortunately absent in Warmaidens. Instead, the events of this book seemed disjointed as Kammani and her allies jumped from one part of their haphazard plan to the next in an attempt to dethrone the usurper king and replace him with the rightful heir. Th Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the conclusion to this duology as much as the first book. This confirms my thoughts that Gravemaidens would have made a strong standalone novel, as the high stakes and intrigue that made it such a page-turner were unfortunately absent in Warmaidens. Instead, the events of this book seemed disjointed as Kammani and her allies jumped from one part of their haphazard plan to the next in an attempt to dethrone the usurper king and replace him with the rightful heir. The dialogue throughout came off like a stilted rehashing of the exposition, and oftentimes the story dragged and was difficult to get through. Light spoilers for Gravemaidens ahead. That being said, this story does have funny moments, touching moments, and violent moments peppered throughout, each of which elicited strong reactions from me or had me on the edge of my seat. I appreciated the solid character arcs Kammani and many side characters underwent. At times, Kammani’s internal conflicts around murder as a means to an end or what marriage would mean for her freedom were definitely more thought-provoking than the external conflict. However, one would think a title like “Warmaidens” paired with an amazing cover of dangerous scorpions, plus the introduction of a Kyoshi Warrior-esque group of female fighters in the first chapter, would make for some interesting and intense action scenes… but sadly this isn’t quite the case. While I appreciate that the leading ladies use skills other than fighting to wage war—Kammani her healing, Nanaea her sewing, and Iltani her feminine wiles—it was a letdown given the aforementioned details. In addition, a majority of the group’s plans revolve around Nanaea’s skill, and by the end of the book it became repetitive and unrealistic. Although Kammani and her friends train with the formidable Koru warriors at one point, this mighty band of warriors isn’t too important until their deus ex machina appearance at the end of the book. In addition, three characters I found among the most intriguing from book one—Arwia, Nasu, and Gudanna—were not used to their full potential. Arwia’s circumstances as the rightful heir to throne arguably made her one of the most compelling characters in the story, yet the group leaves her and Nasu at camp for her safety. It seemed like Kelly Coon didn’t want to worry about accounting for too many characters, so she had them stay behind. Gudanna, on the other hand, made a much more nuanced villain than Uruku, and focusing on her would have made Kammani’s moral debate around murder even more interesting. Lastly, it felt like a missed opportunity that Gudanna’s birth scene did not play out on page, as it would have made a poignant parallel to one of Kammani’s most intense and traumatic flashbacks from book one. The ending just felt a bit rushed, with a neat bow wrapping everything up tied on top. Despite my mostly negative review, I’m looking forward to what Kelly Coon will come up with next. This duology has its memorable moments and is definitely unique in the realm of YA Fantasy! CW: violence/gore; sibling death; parent experiencing death of their child; mention of parent death; limb amputation; on-page sexual assault (groping, lewd comments); alcoholism; forced marriage; mention of rape; please let me know if I’m missing anything. Thank you to Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    **Please Note: This is the second book in a series that should be read in order. This review may contain spoilers for book one.  Warmaidens is the second book in the young adult Gravemaidens duology by author Kelly Coon. I loved the first book, Gravemaidens, so I was super excited to dive into the final book in the duology. I have really been digging duologies this year, and the Gravemaidens Duology is one to add to my list of favorites. I loved the story told in Warmaidens and I loved how everyt **Please Note: This is the second book in a series that should be read in order. This review may contain spoilers for book one.  Warmaidens is the second book in the young adult Gravemaidens duology by author Kelly Coon. I loved the first book, Gravemaidens, so I was super excited to dive into the final book in the duology. I have really been digging duologies this year, and the Gravemaidens Duology is one to add to my list of favorites. I loved the story told in Warmaidens and I loved how everything wrapped up. If you are a fan of fantasies that draw on afterlife and spiritual mythologies and do not shy away from action and battle scenes, then Gravemaidens and Warmaidens are must reads for you! Kelly Coon has created a rich fantasy world filled with vibrant characters, and an action packed plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire journey. I loved this book! Warmaidens starts off action packed, as I figured it would based on that crazy ending in Gravemaidens.  In case you need a quick refresher, in Gravemaidens we met our main character Kammani, who is training to be a healer. In her kingdom of Alu, when the king nears the end of his life, the kingdom has a tradition of selecting three beautiful sacred maidens to accompany the king into the afterlife as his brides. It is supposed to be a great honor, but when Kammani's sister gets selected she will do anything to save her from death, which landed Kammani smack dab in the middle of a big conspiracy that left her unsure of who to trust. The book ended with Kammani and the whole gang faking their death, and now they are on the run from the corrupt lugal who took over Alu. Warmaidens starts off the Kammani and the whole gang settling in to a quiet, and secret new life in Manzazu, but things do not stay quiet for long because soon after our story starts there is an attack on Manzazu, which leads everything to think that they have been discovered. What happens next is yet another fast paced adventure full of secrets. I love that Kelly Coon weaves a real sense of fear, distrust and urgency in her writing. I felt a little uneasy the whole time I was reading because I was genuinely scared for the characters. I felt their fear and terror deep down in my bones. They find themselves in so many fights and close calls that I never knew who was going to make it or not, especially true since not all of the characters might make it out of this story alive. So be warned about that. My emotions were all over the place while I was reading- but in a good way! I loved that Warmaidens was able to get my heart racing. This book was a fantastic ride from start to finish! I also loved the addition of the boatsman. We saw him just a little in the first book, but his presence is felt a lot more in Warmaidens. I liked learning more about him and his story. I loved all of the characters, but I think my favorite is Dagan. I just adore him! Kammani is a fantastic heroine and she is fierce in more ways than one. Honestly, my only gripe with her is that I sometimes wish she expressed herself better with Dagan, but that might have been me pushing my love for him onto her shoulders, and I wanted to her to treat him better sometimes. (again. because I love him so!) Overall, the Gravemaidens duology was a wonderful read. If you are a fan of young adult fantasies featuring friendship, sisterhood, romance and plenty of secrets and adventure, Gravemaidens is a duology that will be a wonderful addition to any fantasy lovers collection. It feels fresh and different, and the story is so well done. I loved this book so much! What a great ending to an epic duology!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darian

    RTC Initial thoughts: I really loved this!! The last 3 chapters and how everything came together had me crying. Also, the battle scenes are so good!! I loved this book so much! Things that I loved: the world, Kammani and Natasha grew as individuals and sisters, female empowerment, the use of medicines, the boatman and the ending was amazing! I can't say anything about that, but chapters 26 through 30 had me dying with anticipation and crying. Dagan and Kammani's relationship is also perfect. They gre RTC Initial thoughts: I really loved this!! The last 3 chapters and how everything came together had me crying. Also, the battle scenes are so good!! I loved this book so much! Things that I loved: the world, Kammani and Natasha grew as individuals and sisters, female empowerment, the use of medicines, the boatman and the ending was amazing! I can't say anything about that, but chapters 26 through 30 had me dying with anticipation and crying. Dagan and Kammani's relationship is also perfect. They grew as a couple and I love their love for each other. The battle scenes are so brutal and exciting. I love how they are written. Very happy with how everything progressed and ended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I LOVE this cover!!! Can't wait to read Warmaidens! 11/11/20: RTC for blog tour. I LOVE this cover!!! Can't wait to read Warmaidens! 11/11/20: RTC for blog tour.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** Warmaidens was interesting dark fantasy that revolved around Kammani and her friends working together in saving their own life and lives of Alu citizen. It was about good vs evil, consequences of oppressive usurper and war, following gut feeling, inequality, patriarchy, traditions and practice that oppress women, courage, kindness, family, and fr *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** Warmaidens was interesting dark fantasy that revolved around Kammani and her friends working together in saving their own life and lives of Alu citizen. It was about good vs evil, consequences of oppressive usurper and war, following gut feeling, inequality, patriarchy, traditions and practice that oppress women, courage, kindness, family, and friendship. Plot was great, better than first book and my only complain of predictability in first book was dealt with in this one. It was twisty and action packed from the beginning. There were schemes, poison, fight, mistakes, consequences, destruction, war, struggle, emotions, and a little bit of traditions and myth. What drew me in the story was healer trying to be killer and Kammani’s constant inner battle to use her skills for death than saving life and sticking to her principle of ‘do no harm’. What I loved most was dark vibe boatman gave. I enjoyed reading his story and what he was trying to say through Kammani’s dream. I loved to explore other kingdoms, their traditions tradition of bridal gifting and characters’ thoughts on it, and a little more about Gods and Goddesses. Overall, Warmaidens was epic fantasy, even better than Gravemaidens, with thrilling plot, well written theme and characters, dark setting, perfect ending of this duology. Read full review on my book blog by following this link- https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2020/...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Last Book Marauder

    Definitely one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen! I would very much like to have this now. please. Edit 1/10/20 : It has a title. IT HAS A TITLE! I am so ready for more Dagan. 😍😍 10/30/19 : I can have this now, yes???? Definitely one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen! I would very much like to have this now. please. Edit 1/10/20 : It has a title. IT HAS A TITLE! I am so ready for more Dagan. 😍😍 10/30/19 : I can have this now, yes????

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

     Thank you to Random House Children's and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. Last year I read Gravemaidens, and while I felt somewhat mixed about parts of it, for the most part I liked it. I feel more mixed about the conclusion to this story. Where Gravemaidens had a very tight plot, Warmaidens kind of flopped around. The goal was to kill Uruk but on the way we went from left to right, from up to down and more sideways. I was  Thank you to Random House Children's and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. Last year I read Gravemaidens, and while I felt somewhat mixed about parts of it, for the most part I liked it. I feel more mixed about the conclusion to this story. Where Gravemaidens had a very tight plot, Warmaidens kind of flopped around. The goal was to kill Uruk but on the way we went from left to right, from up to down and more sideways. I was being dragged around for the ride and I'm not sure if I enjoyed it. It was a bit of a mess and I kind of lost interest.  The plotting on the parts of our characters did not exactly go well. Especially Kammani seemed to refuse to want to listen to others. She second-guessed herself and others endlessly. Making a decision, any decision, seemed to be one of the hardest things to do and none of her endless thought cycles made it any easier to read. The group of character is also very split, and while the discussion of what is a 'worthy' price to pay for the choices they are making in this war, I felt like a lot of them weren't actually listening to each other. Which created much more mess. On the other hand I loved the fierceness of her sister in this, even if she was more put to the sideline. She had taken her new chance to learn something new and was working hard to be good at it. Dagan was also such a sweetheart and didn't deserve some of the distrust he received from Kammani. I also think that the discussion around marriage and what would make it equal was a good one to see throughout the book. Traditional marriage, especially the way marriage is portrayed here, is not always equal. Often leading to sacrifices to the women and less the man. Even in today's age there is some of that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* Gravemaidens  was an incredibly dark book (the premise is, after all, young women being sacrificed to death so the king doesn't have to die alone), but Warmaidens upped the ante. Obviously the title indicates that there is going to be a war at play, and wars are generally not peaceful events. But this battle is brutal. Kammani and her friends and family just wanted to build a peace You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* Gravemaidens  was an incredibly dark book (the premise is, after all, young women being sacrificed to death so the king doesn't have to die alone), but Warmaidens upped the ante. Obviously the title indicates that there is going to be a war at play, and wars are generally not peaceful events. But this battle is brutal. Kammani and her friends and family just wanted to build a peaceful life now that they've escaped entombment, but you know what happens to the best laid plans. It's clear that they won't be able to rest until they've defeated the current ruler- or die trying. I loved that Kammani wanted to opt for the most peaceful, least loss of life choice of unseating this jerk. But as is often the case, she faced opposition at every turn. While Kammani was able to see the value of all life, not everyone else was. I won't say more, as I don't want to give much away, but it was wonderful to have the whole cast of characters back together and fighting against the awful regime. Bottom Line:  Just as dark as its predecessor, though in different ways, Warmaidens is a strong and satisfying conclusion to a great duology.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    This book made me want to tear my hair out lol. It seemed so opposite of the first book, with nothing going to plan and everything is terrible all the time. I thought after what Kammani went through, she wouldn't be so naive. She kept making these plans to take down Uruku and save her people, but they weren't well thought out and seemed inevitable they would fail. Kammani is also terrified almost the entire book, to the point that she ignores her instincts and won't listen to what others are tel This book made me want to tear my hair out lol. It seemed so opposite of the first book, with nothing going to plan and everything is terrible all the time. I thought after what Kammani went through, she wouldn't be so naive. She kept making these plans to take down Uruku and save her people, but they weren't well thought out and seemed inevitable they would fail. Kammani is also terrified almost the entire book, to the point that she ignores her instincts and won't listen to what others are telling her. This leads to her making some huge mistakes with dire consequences. I didn't love Kammani in this one, but I did love Dagan. He cares so much for Kammani and would do absolutely anything for her. He goes along with her even when he thinks her ideas won't work, he helps with whatever she needs, and he is an all around great man. Seeing him with his brothers was so sweet and you know he'll be an amazing dad. I wish we had seen a glimpse of that, him holding his child and teaching them. The ending was nice, things finally come together a bit. The boatman's story I really enjoyed and it's conclusion was perfect. I received an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  13. 4 out of 5

    April B.

    Thank you NetGalley and Kelly Coon for the opportunity to read the eARC of Warmaidens!! I was anxiously awaiting the sequel to Gravemaidens and I was thrilled when I was approved to read this book! Warmaidens had me completely enraptured from the first page to the thrilling ending. This sequel picks up a short time after Kammani, Dagan and the others flee Alu to start a new life elsewhere, during a joyous occasion Arwia is attacked and it becomes clear they are not as safe as they thought. A diff Thank you NetGalley and Kelly Coon for the opportunity to read the eARC of Warmaidens!! I was anxiously awaiting the sequel to Gravemaidens and I was thrilled when I was approved to read this book! Warmaidens had me completely enraptured from the first page to the thrilling ending. This sequel picks up a short time after Kammani, Dagan and the others flee Alu to start a new life elsewhere, during a joyous occasion Arwia is attacked and it becomes clear they are not as safe as they thought. A difficult decision is made to head back to Alu and once there, Kammani and the group discover Alu is no longer the same, threats and danger at every turn, betrayals, death and despair are heavy in the air. The battle for the city of Alu is on! This sequel is even better than Gravemaidens! Don't miss it! I will post my review on Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google play!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Warmaidens is the action-packed conclusion to the heart wrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Just a few moons after Kammani, her sister Nanaea, Simti, Arwia, the displaced Queen of Alu, Nasu, and brother Kasha escaped the tomb in Alu, they have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. But, while Simti is prepa *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Warmaidens is the action-packed conclusion to the heart wrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Just a few moons after Kammani, her sister Nanaea, Simti, Arwia, the displaced Queen of Alu, Nasu, and brother Kasha escaped the tomb in Alu, they have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. But, while Simti is preparing to be married, she’s having second thoughts about accepting that one day Dagan may be her husband, and as such, would be her legal guardian. Any hope she may have of becoming a full-time healer, would quickly come to an ending. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    I'm so excited to read Warmaidens! I'm so excited to read Warmaidens!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Warmaidens was so much fun to dive into! Luckily for me, I didn't forget much from Gravemaidens and it was pretty easy to get back into this world. It's mostly because of the characters. They are just so freaking lovable and my feelings for Dagan and Kammani grew so much while reading this book. They are my ship and everything. All I wanted was for them to be protected at all costs and to eventually become a thing towards th I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Warmaidens was so much fun to dive into! Luckily for me, I didn't forget much from Gravemaidens and it was pretty easy to get back into this world. It's mostly because of the characters. They are just so freaking lovable and my feelings for Dagan and Kammani grew so much while reading this book. They are my ship and everything. All I wanted was for them to be protected at all costs and to eventually become a thing towards the end. Ya know.. like a couple couple. Marriage and all that jazz. I JUST WANTED THEM TO LIVE DAMMIT! That being said, Kammani was somewhat okay in this book. Don't get me wrong I still love the crap out of her. She was just annoying and a little dumb this time around. Not sure what happened between the first and second book but it was so hard for her to make a decision or to trust someone. I mean, obviously you should listen if and when someone has a message for ya... but what do I know? There was also a scene that ALMOST broke my heart. Meaning I almost threw my phone at the wall and screamed at it for lying to me. I didn't think I would have trust issues with a damn ebook but apparently I can and did. In the end, it was really cute and I felt like an emotional mess. Mostly from all the battle scenes and then that last damn chapter. Ugh, I am so happy that I got to dive into this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) One of my favorite elements of Warmaidens was the way Coon discusses the tradition of marriage, and specifically how the system disadvantages women. Without rights or, in some cases, choice, Kammani frequently discusses the ways marriage, even with love, can be restricting. While the world is on the brink of war, and her loved ones are in constant peril, Kammani still turns over her (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) One of my favorite elements of Warmaidens was the way Coon discusses the tradition of marriage, and specifically how the system disadvantages women. Without rights or, in some cases, choice, Kammani frequently discusses the ways marriage, even with love, can be restricting. While the world is on the brink of war, and her loved ones are in constant peril, Kammani still turns over her own feelings towards Dagan, and the concept of marriage. It's a theme that is reflected in a variety of characters about to be given away, without their consent, or trapped in marriages. Another theme that Warmaidens explores is the idea of the greater good. When costs and lives are discussed in abstract terms, we can lose track of what it means. Whose father and mother are the ones who will pay the price. Kammani and Arwia are committed to trying to minimize the lives lost, especially those of the innocent. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Fenner

    Loved even more than book 1! Full RtC closer to release!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    There Will Be Spoilers For Gravemaidens But Not Warmaidens- GOT IT? Ok. Full review at novellives.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    1. Gravemaidens ★★★★★1/10/2020: We have a title! It is so perfect! And look at the reveal video, it's stunning. October, please come soon! 12/22/2019: Anxiously waiting for January as that is when Kelly will be announcing the publication date and title! Blog | Twitter | Pinterest 1. Gravemaidens ★★★★★1/10/2020: We have a title! It is so perfect! And look at the reveal video, it's stunning. October, please come soon! 12/22/2019: Anxiously waiting for January as that is when Kelly will be announcing the publication date and title! Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bradley (AudioShelf)

    Ya’ll! I waited an entire year to read this and I STILL wasn’t ready for it’s brilliance! Kelly Coon wraps her duology up in the most perfect, fantastic, logical, and satisfying way. Gravemaidens and Warmaidens need to be on your shelves right now if you don’t have them yet. Warmaidens picks up where Gravemaidens left off. Kammani and her crew are believed to be dead in the tomb, but what their enemies don’t know is that they are very much alive and they are plotting to get the rightful leader ba Ya’ll! I waited an entire year to read this and I STILL wasn’t ready for it’s brilliance! Kelly Coon wraps her duology up in the most perfect, fantastic, logical, and satisfying way. Gravemaidens and Warmaidens need to be on your shelves right now if you don’t have them yet. Warmaidens picks up where Gravemaidens left off. Kammani and her crew are believed to be dead in the tomb, but what their enemies don’t know is that they are very much alive and they are plotting to get the rightful leader back on the throne of Alu. With the help of Warmaidens and scorpion warriors, we see Kammani kick ass and take names alongside the love of her life, Dagan; her sister Nanaea; her best friend Iltani; and her new friend/confidant Arwia. I loved this book because Coon focuses on giving us more time with minor characters we fell in love with in Gravemaidens; however, she still gives us a phenomenal portrayal of strength, loyalty, and leadership when it comes to Kammani. I also really appreciated that in this book, each character makes fairly questionable decisions that, as the reader, finds us banging our heads on the cover of the book asking, “WHYYYY!?!?” However, when it comes to the conclusions of those decisions, the reader finds that the plot is fully thought out and leaves you entrusting those characters even more than you did before you doubted their reasonings for each major conflict they faced. (If that makes any sense...it does to me, soooo there you have it). Overall, I loved this book. I loved this series. I cannot wait to read more of Kelly Coon. Shes such an inspiration for my own writing and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!!! 1 ticket to the Kelly Coon show, please! 🙋🏼‍♂️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Thank you, Random House Children's and Delacorte press for the chance to read this book. Few moons passed after Kammani and the other runaway maidens escaped their entombment in Alu, seeking and finding refuge in Manzazu. There Simti found her love, Iltani, Kasha, Dagan, Kammani created a new and peaceful life. Kammani became a respected healer, above all among the elite group of warriors who protected the queen, the Koru, after I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Thank you, Random House Children's and Delacorte press for the chance to read this book. Few moons passed after Kammani and the other runaway maidens escaped their entombment in Alu, seeking and finding refuge in Manzazu. There Simti found her love, Iltani, Kasha, Dagan, Kammani created a new and peaceful life. Kammani became a respected healer, above all among the elite group of warriors who protected the queen, the Koru, after she brought them back from the brink of death. Now she only has to decide if marry Dagan or not, living her life peacefully with her friends and sister and brother. But when an assassin murders a healer, mistaking her for Kammani, she realizes they are still not safe and they won't be until the tyrant Uruku is on the throne. The Manzazu's queen is ready to get her revenge with her army, but Kammani decides to try everything in order to save the innocents and prevent the bloodshed in her city and a war. Warmaidens is the thrilling conclusion of Gravemaidens duology, told by a strong and stubborn female lead, supported by her sister Nanea, her partner Dagan and her impulsive friend Iltani. Kammani is coming back in their city, wrecked by a tyrant and trying to save it, while battling with her heart, fears, desires and visions. The reality of what means for a woman to be married, in a world where husbands had power over them, prevents her to accept right away Dagan's proposal, wanting her freedom, wanting to be a healer with her own healing pratice. Trying to save her city and the innocents in it, Kammami is torn between her beliefs "Do no harm" and the cruel reality of the war. Her stubborness and beliefs are admirable, but sometimes she's forced to do difficult choices during the whole book. And, after leaving Alu, she keeps seeing and dreaming the Boatman and she's scared of what he may represent for her anbvd her family. In this complex situation. Kammani is helped by her supportive and loving sister, who is grown a lot, becoming more mature and responsible, by her love for Dagan, who is an amazing and wonderful character and by the light and laughter of Iltani, even though she's tormented, too, by a drinking problem. Her desire to be safe in Manzuzu is shattered by the attempted assassination that pushed her to fight against and with her beliefs by preventing a war and supporting Arwia, who is, too, fighting to accept her role and the necessity to be on the throne she abandoned. I really liked reading this book, even though, sometimes it felt a bit slow and dragged on and I couldn't enjoy Kammani as I did in the first book, because her internal battle with and against her beliefs was, sometimes, a bit repetitive. But she's an amazing and fierce character, always trying to do the right thing, to protect her family and frienfs, to be free and safe. Warmaiden is full of plans, plotting, mistakes, fighting, deaths, torture, poisons, visions and it's an intense and captivating conclusion, with complex and stubborn characters. I loved reading Kammani relationship with Dagan, so pure, so full of understanding, love and support, with Nanea, who became a wonderful ally, full of resourcefulness and Iltani, who was infuriating, loving and amazing. I liked the interactions with Dagan's brothers and mother, with Assata's fieceness and pains, meeting the formidable warrior Koru and supporting Arwia against a cruel tyrant. I really liked reading how Kammani advocates and fights for women's right, above all in the marriage institution in her country, refusing to give up her freedom and her pratice, even though she loves and is loved by Dagan. The bridal gifting was awful and bitter to read and I loved how Iltani fought for her freedom with her friends. Wonderful conclusion, amazing characters, captivating plot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    *Spoiler free, but spoilers for Gravemaidens, 3.5 stars* When I read Gravemaidens, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a few issues here and there, but I still came out of the experience happy with what I read. I was really curious how the sequel would conclude this duology and how it would expand upon this world, outside of Alu. And there were even assassination attempts and tons of scorpions promised in this one, which even heightened my longing for it! Trigger warnings: mentions of attempted rape, *Spoiler free, but spoilers for Gravemaidens, 3.5 stars* When I read Gravemaidens, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a few issues here and there, but I still came out of the experience happy with what I read. I was really curious how the sequel would conclude this duology and how it would expand upon this world, outside of Alu. And there were even assassination attempts and tons of scorpions promised in this one, which even heightened my longing for it! Trigger warnings: mentions of attempted rape, blood, death, grief, gore For a bit of this book, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel. It seemed like there was so much going on and I didn't know how everything would settle out. But, I am pleased to report that I enjoyed this book! Like Gravemaidens, I had a few issues here and there, but in the end, it left me feeling like this was a fantastic duology. First off, Coon's writing has this feeling of sweetness too it. It feels like pink peppermint and something fuzzy and white. While I enjoyed that feeling most of the time, I felt like it got to be sickly sweet at times. It's a bit hard to explain since this it's just the feeling I got from the book. Though, I feel like Coon would be FANTASTIC at writing contemporary. Her sweet writing style would fit the genre fantastically and I'm actually really, really hoping she write a contemporary book one day. I think she would knock it out of the park. I felt like a lot of the plot was hatching plots, getting so close to the goal, and then just falling short. I felt like it was the same formula over and over again. It's a small frustration, but one I couldn't help but notice. The plot was also incredibly twisted together. I'm not sure how I felt about it, but I'm leaning towards the "liked it" side. I felt like I was in the mess with Kammani. I couldn't quite see the end goal or the path ahead. Things got so muddled and people kept getting in the way and plans kept going sideways. It felt real, which I always appreciate. It is kind of frustrating to never quite know where the plot is heading, but I also enjoyed being in the thick of it with Kammani! I really liked Kammani's journey in this book. I think parts of it could have been delved into deeper, such as her feelings about her role as a healer, but I still love her character. Her relationships with the other characters is where she really shines. I love her sibling relationships. I love her friendship with Iltani. I love her romantic relationship with Dagan. They're not perfect (especially Iltani, I loved how big a role she played and I kind of want her to get her own book), but they're true. I loved how Kammani was so sure in her healing and her talents. I loved the healing aspect of this book overall really. Kammani is such a kind person and I loved how that shined through. I also liked how this book expanded on this world. It turned it into something shimmering. Sweltering hot, but something worth fighting for. Though, this book had so much violence against women. Girls being sold as brides, attempts to bed them without consent, women not having rights in a marriage. It was so ingrained into the world and it just made me a bit uncomfortable to read. Also, a character loses an arm and there's a comment made about him being "broken" and it just rubbed me the wrong way. All in all, despite my few issues, I enjoyed this duology. It thrives in its relationships and characters. It's vibrant and I'm eager to see what this author writes next!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Williamson

    4.75 I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Though to be fair, I read this after it came out because I'm a horrible human, and I've already purchased my own copy. Y'all, I was not expecting this! It's not often that I enjoy the second book in a duology more than the first, but man, this one just hit me. I won't go too far into details because it is a sequel but there are a couple of key points that I'd like to touch on. First is the chara 4.75 I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Though to be fair, I read this after it came out because I'm a horrible human, and I've already purchased my own copy. Y'all, I was not expecting this! It's not often that I enjoy the second book in a duology more than the first, but man, this one just hit me. I won't go too far into details because it is a sequel but there are a couple of key points that I'd like to touch on. First is the character work. Kelly's characters feel so real to me. Usually, in a book with non "normal" names, I struggle to remember who is who, but not here. When a character would hit the page I knew exactly who was talking before the narration even stated it. And I loved that. It can be hard to find that in YA especially, but I think it's something Kelly really nailed. The other thing I really enjoyed was just the overall themes and "lessons" of this book. And this is where I think the book had a one-up on book one. Yes, the themes were similar and carried through both books, but this one definitely hit more heavily on them. The first being trusting yourself. Whether your heart or your gut, they're better indicators of what's going on around you than what you can see or hear. Also, the thought behind not doing harm to others, even when they have done harm to you. Kammani is big on not hurting others, she's a healer, not a warrior and I think that can be applied to a lot of our lives as well. There's also a pretty big arc about redemption, though that one may be buried a little deeper. There was a lot of loss in this book, some of it I was just not prepared for, but it felt right. I think anything less would have made the story feel less real. There were definitely some moments in this where I found myself tearing up (ok, outright crying. FINE) and part of that was definitely the ending. There were a few things that weren't perfect in the end, and I think that fit the story really well. Kammani needing to be the light for other people in her life just feels right. If you can't tell, I really enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan - H&WR

    DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 STARS Kammani is a healer, not a warrior, but when danger comes to her door, she may have to learn to become both. Last year, Gravemaidens put Kammani in the perilous position of healer to the lugal, ruler of Alu. When she failed to heal him from poisoning, it condemned her and her sister to death, entombed with the lugal as an “honor.” Except she escaped her death sentence, freeing the sacred maid DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 STARS Kammani is a healer, not a warrior, but when danger comes to her door, she may have to learn to become both. Last year, Gravemaidens put Kammani in the perilous position of healer to the lugal, ruler of Alu. When she failed to heal him from poisoning, it condemned her and her sister to death, entombed with the lugal as an “honor.” Except she escaped her death sentence, freeing the sacred maidens and disappearing to Manzazu with her loved ones. It was supposed to be a new life, but the danger has returned. With the new lugal hunting her down, aiming to tie up loose ends in his coup, and the threat of war looming, Kammani must decide what lengths she will go to in order to protect her family, her friends, and her home. In doing so, she must also confront a very real future, one she isn’t sure she truly wants. She has only ever wanted to be a healer her late father could be proud of, and now the only way to protect that goal is to become a killer instead. “You are not in this life alone.” Easily my favorite part of the Gravemaidens duology, but especially Warmaidens, is the importance of Kammani’s support group. Kammani herself is full of heart, full of compassion, and I adore her for it. At all times, she carries other people’s best interests close to her heart. But when she neglects herself, Dagan and Iltani, her love interest and best friend respectively, are ready to step in at a moment’s notice. Despite all the danger they are in, despite all the hardship so far, despite the uncertainty still ahead, they never hesitate to offer Kammani their love and support. And I adore the different forms that support takes! Iltani is something of a wild child, and she excels at pushing Kammani to her limits when Kammani is afraid to take the plunge. Dagan, on the other hand, is 100% cinnamon roll. Where Iltani tends to push, Dagan simply holds steady, waiting to catch Kammani if she stumbles. This dynamic occasionally has some friction, but it is immensely refreshing for the conflict to come by and large from outside the core group of protagonists. My heart is just SO FULL seeing these characters love and support each other through all kinds of terror and tragedy. More unshakable friendships in YA, please! In terms of depth, though, Warmaidens sometimes falls shy of the standard set in Gravemaidens. It’s not lost on me that we see very little of Nanaea in Warmaidens. Sure, her skills are instrumental to Kammani’s plans to protect Alu, but she usually seems to occupy a background seat, rather than share the center stage. After Gravemaidens so heavily focused on Kammani and Nanaea’s fraught relationship, I was hoping we could see them healing and growing closer in Warmaidens. More than that, I was hoping the themes of sisterhood would span across both books of the duology, creating a strong line between the two. But it didn’t carry over. In some ways, it makes sense; Kammani has always thought of others first, especially in Gravemaidens. Now, she is beginning to think of herself and her future beyond just serving others. To have the central focus turn inward is sensible in some ways. In other ways, though, I feel let down. Some of the bonds Kammani worked so hard to built in the last book feel nearly inconsequential this time, and it leaves Warmaidens feeling a little hollowed out, like something vital is missing despite all that it accomplishes. Somehow, there is room for love even when there is war, and I hope there’s room for Warmaidens on your shelf! In the end, I still enjoyed Warmaidens, and not just because I’m a member of Kell’s street team, the Skeleton Crew! Focusing on a healer rather than a fighter is a wonderful change of pace, and Kammani is an outstanding lead, shouldering so much responsibility for someone so young, and grappling with the consequences with unusual grace and tenacity. If you’re looking forward to the Gravemaidens duology conclusion, be sure to mark your calendars for December 15th, when it hits shelves at last! CW: violence, gore, graphic injury, loss of a loved one, alcoholism, child death mention, medical scenes, sexual assault mention, torture, animal death

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    Warmaidens is book two in the YA fantasy Gravemaidens duology. Warmaidens takes place nine months after the group flees their home city for refuge in Manzuzu. Kammani has a busy healing business and has even received recognition from their queen. But, there is trouble back home and the new ruler Uruku is making life miserable for the poor and war is brewing. If the Princess in hiding Arwia can come back and reclaim her throne the people of Alu will be safe but first Uruku will have to be elimina Warmaidens is book two in the YA fantasy Gravemaidens duology. Warmaidens takes place nine months after the group flees their home city for refuge in Manzuzu. Kammani has a busy healing business and has even received recognition from their queen. But, there is trouble back home and the new ruler Uruku is making life miserable for the poor and war is brewing. If the Princess in hiding Arwia can come back and reclaim her throne the people of Alu will be safe but first Uruku will have to be eliminated. I appreciate how the author does not make every plan go smoothly. The road back to the throne truly isn’t smooth and hard choices are made along the way. I thought this was a well-written and imaginative duology. Kammani is not your typical boy obsessed teen and there is a good message about keeping your autonomy as a woman even if you are in love. There is also a storyline about addiction that you don’t always see addressed in YA fantasy. Overall, I recommend both Warmaidens (and it’s predecessor Gravemaidens) and give it a 3.75. Rounded up to a 4 for Goodreads.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Ballard

    Warmaidens is an excellent sequel. It upped all the things I liked in Gravemaidens: the action, the romance, and the magic. Without getting all spoilery, we get some new kick butt characters (did someone say women warrior tribe?!) while seeing the characters from the first novel come into their own in good and sometimes bad ways. We also get some more chemistry between our favorite healer and her favorite farmer. ;) The plot was a bit twisty and I felt really bad that every plan seemed to blow up Warmaidens is an excellent sequel. It upped all the things I liked in Gravemaidens: the action, the romance, and the magic. Without getting all spoilery, we get some new kick butt characters (did someone say women warrior tribe?!) while seeing the characters from the first novel come into their own in good and sometimes bad ways. We also get some more chemistry between our favorite healer and her favorite farmer. ;) The plot was a bit twisty and I felt really bad that every plan seemed to blow up in our merry band's faces but it provided a tight pacing and seemingly endless action. We got some more creepy Boatman vibes in this book which I was severely missing in Gravemaidens. Coon also continued with her equal rights for women plot, making it a great read for young adults of all genders. If you are on the fence, give Warmaidens a whirl. You won't be disappointed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lora

    I was so excited to dive back into this world by Kelly Coon. I absolutely love the main character as a healer. It was refreshing to see things through her eyes of avoiding destruction. There is just hint of romance and I love the independence that is balanced in the story line. Things in this story are perfect. They go wrong and watching the characters to come together and solve the problems was exciting. It has a found family feel and sacrifice as they journey back home. I would definitely reco I was so excited to dive back into this world by Kelly Coon. I absolutely love the main character as a healer. It was refreshing to see things through her eyes of avoiding destruction. There is just hint of romance and I love the independence that is balanced in the story line. Things in this story are perfect. They go wrong and watching the characters to come together and solve the problems was exciting. It has a found family feel and sacrifice as they journey back home. I would definitely recommend you pick up this duology! I cannot wait to see what Kelly has up her sleeve next. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for this eARC.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤

    Highly anticipating this oneeeeeeeeeeee.... How long do I have to wait again???

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Coon

    Oh wow! Warmaidens is now up for request on Netgalley! Warmaidens on Netgalley! *Cue shrieking* Oh wow! Warmaidens is now up for request on Netgalley! Warmaidens on Netgalley! *Cue shrieking*

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