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From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel." THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel." THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever. His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war. BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for. Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves. Readers may read either Dark Shores or Dark Skies first! Suggested series reading order: 1. Dark Skies or Dark Shores 2. Dark Shores or Dark Skies 3. Gilded Serpent (coming spring 2021)


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From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel." THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel." THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever. His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war. BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for. Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves. Readers may read either Dark Shores or Dark Skies first! Suggested series reading order: 1. Dark Skies or Dark Shores 2. Dark Shores or Dark Skies 3. Gilded Serpent (coming spring 2021)

30 review for Gilded Serpent

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this series. oh man, this series is simultaneously giving me life and killing me. its such a wild ride and i have no hesitation in saying this is the best book so far. the stakes are higher, the tensions are thicker, and the secrets are being revealed. i also think the story really benefits from all four of the main characters being in the same book ( ‘dark shores’ had two while ‘dark skies’ focused on the other two). i dont care that this book is super hefty because of it - give me 600 mo this series. oh man, this series is simultaneously giving me life and killing me. its such a wild ride and i have no hesitation in saying this is the best book so far. the stakes are higher, the tensions are thicker, and the secrets are being revealed. i also think the story really benefits from all four of the main characters being in the same book ( ‘dark shores’ had two while ‘dark skies’ focused on the other two). i dont care that this book is super hefty because of it - give me 600 more pages. i dont care that there are constant POV switches - its an adrenaline rush jumping from each adventure to the next. it definitely enhances the story having everyone within the same pages and i am so looking forward to the day when all the POVs finally cross paths. i feel like getting this ARC is both a blessing and a curse. a blessing because this installment is helping to save my 2020, but a curse because who knows how long i will have to wait until the next book. praying to the book gods it comes soon! an eternal thank you to macmillan-tor/forge for the ARC!! ↠ 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Jensen

    I'm going to use this space to give you a few facts about this novel! Read chapter one: https://torteenblog.com/2020/06/26/ch... 1. It is NOT the last book in this series. I repeat, this is not the end. There will be at least one more book, which has always been the plan. 2. It has all four points of view (Marcus, Teriana, Killian, and Lydia) 3. You must read both Dark Shores and Dark Skies before you read this or you will be deeply confused. It would also help if you read Tarnished Empire before re I'm going to use this space to give you a few facts about this novel! Read chapter one: https://torteenblog.com/2020/06/26/ch... 1. It is NOT the last book in this series. I repeat, this is not the end. There will be at least one more book, which has always been the plan. 2. It has all four points of view (Marcus, Teriana, Killian, and Lydia) 3. You must read both Dark Shores and Dark Skies before you read this or you will be deeply confused. It would also help if you read Tarnished Empire before reading this, although it isn't necessary. TW: Swearing, violence, war, death, alcohol consumption, drug consumption, and more explicit sexual content than the prior books. 16+

  3. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Gilded Serpent is the third installment in Danielle L. Jensen's Dark Shores series. Coming in at just under 600-pages, Jensen packed a lot of new information into this one, as well as action and startling revelations. With this series, if you aren't aware, you can read the first two books in any order. Meaning you can read either Dark Shores, or Dark Skies first. I personally read them in publication order and would recommend that to others. I felt like Dark Shores established the setting and func Gilded Serpent is the third installment in Danielle L. Jensen's Dark Shores series. Coming in at just under 600-pages, Jensen packed a lot of new information into this one, as well as action and startling revelations. With this series, if you aren't aware, you can read the first two books in any order. Meaning you can read either Dark Shores, or Dark Skies first. I personally read them in publication order and would recommend that to others. I felt like Dark Shores established the setting and functionality of the world perfectly. After reading that one, I had a strong hold on the type of series this was going to turn out to be. It's one that channels all the brutality of Ancient Rome, mixed with a fair amount of magic and heavy doses of political intrigue. Also, let's not forget the sweet romance. In Dark Shores, the action centers around Teriana and Marcus, while Dark Skies follows Lydia and Killian. Gilded Serpent follows all four of these characters, as their storylines begin to merge. Through the first two books, I became quite attached to them all. Because of that, my excitement for this release was heightened even more. I was so ready to see how their paths would intersect. As I have mentioned in my previous reviews for this series, including the prequel, Tarnished Empire, I love this series and think it is incredibly underrated. All YA Fantasy lovers need to check this one out! I did rate this book slightly lower than the first two books, mainly because it wasn't as easy for me to follow, or stay as fully engaged with this one. I think the length started to get to me, as well as the sheer volume of information that Jensen packed into this one. Also, I did have some issues at the beginning remembering what had happened at the conclusion of the first two books. While I recognize that as a 'me' problem, I also feel an author including slight, subtle recaps is always helpful. I didn't feel a lot of that here. Regardless of that fact, however, I still really enjoyed my time reading this novel. The world continues to be built out. It's dangerous, complex and full of compelling people, creatures and history. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. I am planning to do myself a favor and binge read the first three again prior to picking it up. Thank you to the publisher, Tor Teen, for making my dreams come true and providing me with a copy to read and review. I truly appreciate it and will be singing this series praises for a long time to come!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helena Paris

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. "If the story of your life were a book, I'd carry it with me across the world. I'd read it every night. And whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I'd open it to the first page and begin reading it again." "It would be a very heavy book. I’ve had a VERY interesting life." THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK!!! I loved it SO MUCH. Gilded Serpent picks up where Dark Shores and Dark I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. "If the story of your life were a book, I'd carry it with me across the world. I'd read it every night. And whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I'd open it to the first page and begin reading it again." "It would be a very heavy book. I’ve had a VERY interesting life." THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK!!! I loved it SO MUCH. Gilded Serpent picks up where Dark Shores and Dark Skies left off, while also including a few familiar faces from Tarnished Empire, so be sure to read those before jumping into this! :D Gilded Serpent joins the four major POVs for the first time - Marcus, Teriana, Lydia and Killian - without them all actually crossing paths, which actually made me a little bit sad. :( I can't wait to see them all finally meet up! Marcus and Teriana's story arc did seem to be stronger than Lydia and Killian's, but then again, that may just be my own personal bias. Despite being full of action and adventure, we also saw more depth to these four characters. Marcus showed us his darker side, Teriana found her loyalties divided, Lydia was put into difficult situations...anddd we don't discuss Killian here. xD Their inter-personal relationships evolved, as well! Marcus and Teriana finally served with some STEAM <3 which I think all of you will love as much as I did!!! :) Honestly, their relationship is so amazing and my favourite of the series, in case you couldn't tell. Hehe! In ARC-form, this book was over 700 pages, but I FLEW through it! And with the double cliffhangers and new complications introduced at the end, book four can't arrive soon enough!!! If you've managed to ignore my rave reviews for the previous books, I do recommend getting started on all the Ancient Roman fantasy goodness that this series serves. You're all missing out! :P

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Tor Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own. ✅ Roman-inspired ✅ Action/fighting ✅ Strong main characters ✅ Different POVs and settings 🆗 Romance ❗️❗️ Cliffhanger So... I just now realized that there will be a fourth book because things are definitely not resolved at the end of Gilded Serpent, and even worse, it ends with a cliffhanger! 😫 Gilded Serpent starts right where Dark Shores and Sark skies ended, and Teriana and Marcus' quest is wov I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Tor Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own. ✅ Roman-inspired ✅ Action/fighting ✅ Strong main characters ✅ Different POVs and settings 🆗 Romance ❗️❗️ Cliffhanger So... I just now realized that there will be a fourth book because things are definitely not resolved at the end of Gilded Serpent, and even worse, it ends with a cliffhanger! 😫 Gilded Serpent starts right where Dark Shores and Sark skies ended, and Teriana and Marcus' quest is woven with Lydia and Killian's. This book is a good mix of adventure, travel, life-or-death situations, politics, and personal growth. It was a wild ride and I just couldn't stop reading it. I think it is my favorite book in the series, the stakes are higher, and secrets are being revealed, creating more tension and plot-twists. I read it in two days even though it is almost 700 pages long, and I would not have minded reading another 300 pages at all! We follow Teriana, Marcus, Lydia, and Killian as their adventures continue, and it is full of action, secrets, and angst. I really like the characters in this series, I even came to care more about Teriana and Killian in this book. There is a lot of character development, and also a lot of relationship evolution. The characters learn more about each other, and they also have to make tough decisions, having to choose between their happiness and the well-being of the realm. “He’s my friend.” His mouth quirked. “He’s your enemy.” “That too.” I like the fact that even though this is the third book of the series, I am not sure yet if the couples will have their happily ever after, the fact that Teriana and Marcus are enemies remains, as does the fact that Killian and Lydia can't be together, and also save Malahi and the kingdom. It is definitely one thing that I adore about this series: how the relationships are complicated because they are consistent with the backstories and the goals of the characters. I am glad that they do not throw everything away because they are in love. We can also enjoy some cute (and hot) moments between the characters. “If the story of your life were a book, I’d carry it with me across the world. I’d read it every night. And whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I’d open it to the first page and begin reading it again.” Teriana’s eyes burned and she blinked rapidly. “It would be a very heavy book. I’ve had a very interesting life.” I hoped that the four characters would cross paths in this book, and I can't wait until it happens (hopefully in the next book!). Having 4 different points of view was not a problem in this book, since I was already well acquainted with the four characters. It added an extra adrenaline rush sometimes to jump from one adventure to the other because some chapters end with a small cliffhanger. I was so happy to receive a copy of this book before it came out, but now it means that I will have to wait for even longer before I know what happens in the next book. 😭 Tarnished Empire ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dark Shores ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dark Skies ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks so much to Netgalley and Macmillan/Tor-Forge for providing me with a review copy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. It is most appreciated. That being said, I'm also a little mad that you provided me with this review copy... and now you're making me wait an entire year to get more of this story... after that ending! Book torture is the cruelest of all tortures, I think! Just kidding (mostly). To be honest, this book was fantastic. We get a lot more development of character Thanks so much to Netgalley and Macmillan/Tor-Forge for providing me with a review copy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. It is most appreciated. That being said, I'm also a little mad that you provided me with this review copy... and now you're making me wait an entire year to get more of this story... after that ending! Book torture is the cruelest of all tortures, I think! Just kidding (mostly). To be honest, this book was fantastic. We get a lot more development of character relationships in this book, and we get to see that not all of our main characters are perfect. We see the ugly sides. We see the amazingly strong sides. We get to see what some of them do when thrown into completely new situations, cut off from everything they know. While much of this book was moving the chess pieces to where they needed to be for the final tale, it was done in a way that led to all of this development, growth, and revelation - an indication of Danielle Jensen's writing talent. And we get to see the setup to what is now one of my most anticipated books of next year. It's going to be a wild ride, and I am totally here for it. If I survive the book torture waiting until then. :) Highly recommended, but please start with Dark Shores and Dark Skies first. 5 Stars Marked by the Gods --- I am not pleased to have to wait a year for the last book. Or longer. Omg please don’t be longer than a year. Anyone know how to bribe an author? :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissasfandomworld

    Thanks in advance to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an e-arc, in exchange for me leaving an honest review. You guys made my entire bookish year! And here's my honest review: This follow up to the Dark Shores and Dark Skies was everything I hoped for and more. What a fan-frigging-tastic read this has been and finished way too soon - I barely noticed it being almost 600 pages, because it was so incredibly fast paced (I finished it within a day and a half, which is saying Something seein Thanks in advance to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an e-arc, in exchange for me leaving an honest review. You guys made my entire bookish year! And here's my honest review: This follow up to the Dark Shores and Dark Skies was everything I hoped for and more. What a fan-frigging-tastic read this has been and finished way too soon - I barely noticed it being almost 600 pages, because it was so incredibly fast paced (I finished it within a day and a half, which is saying Something seeing I've been in a slump for months and haven't had a pace as good as this one since I've been back to reading since a short while now) What am I to do with my life until the next book arrives? I am so incredibly sad, knowing I'll have to wait too long now, before I'm able to read what happens next in this series. A series that has rapidly set it's place in stone in my 'absolute-favorites-list'! Marcus, Teriana, Killian, Lydia and all other minor characters we've come across as well, are such a fantastic set of characters to follow and the character developments for all of them were executed and developed so incredibly well. And all's set in such a fascinating fictional world that has some really awesome fantasy elements, combined with a story line that gives off some major Troy/Gladiator/Pirates of the Caribbean vibes and I loved every single second spend reading this book. I truly can't get enough of it all and feel like there just aren't any words to do this book and the series in general justice. Danielle's writing style in general, the story-line, plots and scheming, the politics added to the mix and the also more evolved and sometimes even steamy romances thrown into it, combined with some 'on the edge of your seat' action, made this yet again a 5 star read for me. As I said; There's not a single dull moment to be had, while spending time in this world/this book and each new book keeps getting better and better in my honest opinion. I didn't think I couldn't fall in love even more with everything, but I did. Thank you Danielle. From the bottom of my heart... For giving us, in the first place, Marcus and Teriana in Dark Shores and then Killian (still #TeamKilliannnn, not sorry) and Lydia in Dark Skies and now taking it all to a whole new level with Gilded Serpent. It feels like so much more is coming our way still and I can't wait for it. Conclusion: A follow up book that's just everything you could've hoped for beforehand. It has it all! My inner fangirl is beyond happy with all that I've read the past day and a half, even though my heart's been ripped out on too many occasions, lol. Danielle's good at that, did you know? You'll definitely find out in this book! This book leaves me Craving the next one so badly and I'm not sure how I'll be able to hold on until then. I NEED MORE. MORE. MORE. MORE. More of these fantastic characters, sometimes morally gray but still so frigging lovable. My precious babies. I need more of this world... this sometimes cruely, dark and scary world. I need more of Danielle's amazing writing... the promise of all that's to come in the next book. I don't think my expectations can't get any higher now, lol. So much more depth and development present, while the other books were also already well developed. Those were just tips of an iceberg. Can't wait to dive underneath the surface and explore the rest of what's waiting to be discovered. If you've been thinking about picking this series up, please don't hesitate for even a second. This series is going to be your next addiction. That's a promise! --- Follow me here: my BLOG | my INSTAGRAM | my FACEBOOK | my TWITTER

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roobie

    ⭐️4.5 stars⭐️ Ok, I loved this! I couldn't wait for this book and for all the POVs and storylines to come together and they did not disappoint. I swear these are the only books that don't make me yawn at converations about politics. It didn't even feel like a ~600 page book because there was always something happening that made me keep reading and wanting more. The next book is going to be amazeballs! (please stop hurting my babies) ARC received via Netgalley. ⭐️4.5 stars⭐️ Ok, I loved this! I couldn't wait for this book and for all the POVs and storylines to come together and they did not disappoint. I swear these are the only books that don't make me yawn at converations about politics. It didn't even feel like a ~600 page book because there was always something happening that made me keep reading and wanting more. The next book is going to be amazeballs! (please stop hurting my babies) ARC received via Netgalley.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura S

    SPEECHLESS. i don’t really know what to say to convey the emotional turmoil you will go through while reading this book. the SECRETS. the SLOW BURN. the ANGST. the CHEMISTRY. all my favorite tropes present and accounted for. so many amazing, well-developed characters. vivid writing. i don’t want to say too much cause *spoilers* but Danielle pretty please if you are by chance reading this can you give at least one of these couplets a well-deserved hea? this book was the best so far in the series, w SPEECHLESS. i don’t really know what to say to convey the emotional turmoil you will go through while reading this book. the SECRETS. the SLOW BURN. the ANGST. the CHEMISTRY. all my favorite tropes present and accounted for. so many amazing, well-developed characters. vivid writing. i don’t want to say too much cause *spoilers* but Danielle pretty please if you are by chance reading this can you give at least one of these couplets a well-deserved hea? this book was the best so far in the series, which makes sense because she has combined the power of all four mc POVs that made up the first two books. it’s essentially two novels woven together. where some readers might find the switching between story lines frustrating, i love when books are set up this way. like reading whiplash. i don’t know how long danielle plans to make this series but there is at least going to be one more book...i just wish i didn’t have to wait so long for the next one. in conclusion, please excuse me while I take some time off of reading to emotionally recover from this book. and a huge thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge, via netgalley, for this arc!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    4.5 Stars! I was really excited for Gilded Serpent and I was not disappointed! This book was really difficult to put down. It was really exciting to see the different stories finally connect. The story is told through the multiple points of view from Marcus, Teriana, Lydia and Killian. I really like all of the characters and care about what happens to them. I did prefer Teriana and Marcus and found myself sometimes pushing through the chapters with Lydia and Killian to get back to them. However, 4.5 Stars! I was really excited for Gilded Serpent and I was not disappointed! This book was really difficult to put down. It was really exciting to see the different stories finally connect. The story is told through the multiple points of view from Marcus, Teriana, Lydia and Killian. I really like all of the characters and care about what happens to them. I did prefer Teriana and Marcus and found myself sometimes pushing through the chapters with Lydia and Killian to get back to them. However, the story between Lydia and Killian heats up toward the end and I think things are going to get more interesting for them in the next book. Gilded Serpent was filled with epic world building, political intrigue, forbidden romance, heart pounding action and lots of angst. I had been expecting this to be the last book in the series but was surprised to find there will definitely be another installment. This series is so riveting and I really can’t wait for the next book in the Dark Shores series! Fans of this series will fall hard for this book. Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Victoria BookLover

    Wow it was that good? I read it in a few hours? Who am I 🤣. This book was the book I NEEDED from this series. That careful, sweet, intimate development of Marcus and Teriana fueled me for the next thousand years. I love them to DEATH. To further add to that, I love the thirty-seventh. I love Teriana WITH the thirty-seventh. I love Quintus and Miki, and I just...I love them. Despite all the chaos that descended upon them in this installment, I was extremely happy with their interactions and how the Wow it was that good? I read it in a few hours? Who am I 🤣. This book was the book I NEEDED from this series. That careful, sweet, intimate development of Marcus and Teriana fueled me for the next thousand years. I love them to DEATH. To further add to that, I love the thirty-seventh. I love Teriana WITH the thirty-seventh. I love Quintus and Miki, and I just...I love them. Despite all the chaos that descended upon them in this installment, I was extremely happy with their interactions and how they handled everything that was thrown their way. And especially how they handled their inner conflicts. Of course with the mention of the thirty-seventh turning to the Legatus Marcus who was beyond paranoid and fighting maaanny inner battles, I loved how Danielle let those unfold. How Marcus’s worries were taken out on everyone else. She just is very good at dealing with her characters struggles and I applaud it. Teriana was the queen she’s always been. I love how strong she is and yet when she is upset she will burst into tears. I love her love for Marcus and her reputation across the world. She’s basically revered by everyone who knows her name which is EVERYONE. She can kick your ass, take your money in cards, and man a ship all while being a 10/10. No wonder Marcus loves her 😩. Her journey in this installment is heavily weaved in with Marcus’s but I love how we get to know her better as a person. We get to see how she handles being in situations that are foreign to her, we get to see her intimate side. And of course by the end we get to see her wrathful side 😬. I am ready for what comes after her last chapter, oh boy. Killian was fine. I don’t know why but I don’t love him lol. I do love his journey when a certain person appears. I think that was when his chapters started to interest me. But him as a person...I didn’t feel like I got to know him as much as we did Marcus. So I don’t have a ton to say about him. Lydia was good. She is also not my favorite but I enjoyed her determination to stay in Mudamora even though she wasn’t there of her own volition. She’s a very head-strong girl who uses her powers for good despite the risk. I’m so glad even with all that has transpired she holds her relationship ship with Teriana in very high regards. I’m so ready for them to reunite! The plot was aptly paced. I loved all the reveals, the slimy characters, the arguments, the stress. The PAIN. I cannot wait for the last installment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richel (letsreadshallwe)

    Update | April 16, 2021 “If the story of your life were a book, I’d carry it with me across the world. I’d read it every night. And whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I’d open it to the first page and begin reading it again.” Gilded Serpent dives right in to where Shores and Skies left off that resulted into three storylines, merged into two and ended with three?! Danielle L Jensen started Gilded Serpent with a killing blow without any hesitation she just went for the t Update | April 16, 2021 “If the story of your life were a book, I’d carry it with me across the world. I’d read it every night. And whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I’d open it to the first page and begin reading it again.” Gilded Serpent dives right in to where Shores and Skies left off that resulted into three storylines, merged into two and ended with three?! Danielle L Jensen started Gilded Serpent with a killing blow without any hesitation she just went for the throat. It was a dark and gruesome start. It felt great to be back to the world of Dark Shores and I forgot how exciting and nerve wracking it can be. Danielle L Jensen has a knack in creating amazing characters that has distinct personalities. It’s impossible not to fall in love with each of the characters but for the record, I will be forever Team Marcus. Especially after reading Gilded Serpent, Killian who?🤣 Strengths and weaknesses are challenged, our main characters learned more about each other. Marcus is one of the best broody characters I have ever read and I love him for it that I always swoon. A genius who loves to read and also pragmatic to the point that he can appear as cruel. But what captivates me more is he is the most relatable character in the Shores series. I won’t go into details about Killian but let’s just say that I wanted to smack him in the head too many times than I dare to count. I’ve always loved Teriana and Lydia but Gilded Serpent made me love these ladies even more. While we were introduced to them from Shores and Skies, we get to see their strengths and full potential in Gilded Serpent and I was cheering for them from start to finish. Gilded Serpent is equal parts heartache, betrayal, secrets, politics, adventure and hope. My heart hurts in more than a few scenes, a few too many to bear. Everyone was walking on fine lines that made my head spin and the eagerness to know what’s next was overwhelming. I was only given respite with a certain scene that may or may not involve a sauna (wiggles eyebrows). One challenge that I faced reading GS is similar to the challenge I faced when I read Dark Shores. I was hoping for a detailed location of every place being mentioned (unless of course the characters don't know where they are). Especially for an adventure book, Gilded Serpent requires a very detailed map. Also, since Gilded Serpent dives right into the story with barely a recap, I find that I struggled with remembering what previously happened but that is on me, I should have reread Shores and Skies before diving into GS. Even though that was the case, I still highly enjoyed reading this and would highly recommend! Although beware, I still feel my heart shattering after days of finishing because that ending😭💔 Thank you so much to Tor Teen and Netgalley for providing me an E-ARC to review! April 11, 2021: Proper review to follow once my heart no longer hurts😭😡

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    Update: “If the story of your life were a book, I’d carry it with me across the world. I’d read it every night, and whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I’d open it to the first page and begin reading it again.” -Gilded Serpent I was thrilled to receive an e-arc of this book from @torteen and also not at all prepared for what happened! I finished it on Sunday and my mind is still 🤯🤯🤯 This series is for you if you love: - Ancient Rome inspired fantasy worlds - multiple POV - l Update: “If the story of your life were a book, I’d carry it with me across the world. I’d read it every night, and whenever I reached the ending of what had been shared with me, I’d open it to the first page and begin reading it again.” -Gilded Serpent I was thrilled to receive an e-arc of this book from @torteen and also not at all prepared for what happened! I finished it on Sunday and my mind is still 🤯🤯🤯 This series is for you if you love: - Ancient Rome inspired fantasy worlds - multiple POV - lots of action and adventure - swoon worthy men - #IsThisAKissingBook? You’ll be fanning yourself a few times 🔥 - plot twists galore and double cliff hangers 🤯 It’s safe to say this book has ruined me and I need the next one now! • • Original Danielle Jensen really woke up one day and decided to hurt us like this. 😭😭😭 proper review to come soon!

  14. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Thank you to the publishers at Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! ”And I think it will be in the absence of light that we all see who we truly are.” This series is kicking ass and taking names! I can’t believe how amazing it is. Actually, I can because within the last year I’ve come to realize just how amazing Danielle’s writing is. She’s given us all 4 POVs from the characters we’ve grown to love over the last two books. I enjoyed Marcu Thank you to the publishers at Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! ”And I think it will be in the absence of light that we all see who we truly are.” This series is kicking ass and taking names! I can’t believe how amazing it is. Actually, I can because within the last year I’ve come to realize just how amazing Danielle’s writing is. She’s given us all 4 POVs from the characters we’ve grown to love over the last two books. I enjoyed Marcus and Killian’s POV much more than Teriana and Lydia’s but each POV brought so much to the story. At the end of each chapter I wasn’t ready for it to end. Gilded Serpent picks up right where Dark Shores and Dark Skies leaves off. We get to see how Marcus is dealing with an unknown traitor within his men and his internal conflict on what’s the right and wrong decision. We saw how Killian is coping with Lydia leaving, and more. I’m keeping this review spoiler free until after the publication date but I will say that it’s intense, and emotional rollercoaster and there is so much more at stake! I know I have to wait quite a while for the next book and after that ending I don’t know how I’ll manage but I can already tell the next book is going to destroy us all in the best (and possible worst?) possible way! Full review to come closer to publication date. 5/5 ✰’s

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    *Gets up- drinks water- dramatically fans herself because she is profusely sweating* Actually review will come! Need to calm down my rapidly thudding heart first! 🙃 *MIGHT CONTAIN MILD SPOILERS* UPDATE- First I want to thank Tor Teen for my digital ARC and a gorgeous finished copy of the book! "Lydia, to be good does not mean to be without flaw, for even the best of us are riddled with them.To be good is to recognize the darkness in one's character and strive to remedy it.And if such a thing is not p *Gets up- drinks water- dramatically fans herself because she is profusely sweating* Actually review will come! Need to calm down my rapidly thudding heart first! 🙃 *MIGHT CONTAIN MILD SPOILERS* UPDATE- First I want to thank Tor Teen for my digital ARC and a gorgeous finished copy of the book! "Lydia, to be good does not mean to be without flaw, for even the best of us are riddled with them.To be good is to recognize the darkness in one's character and strive to remedy it.And if such a thing is not possible, to control it so that it does not harm others" Gilded Serpent picks up right where Dark Shore and Dark Skies are left off and merges to become a thrilling 4 POV plot, also please read Tarnished Empire before you read the book because it helps to understand the plot better and relate to certain characters more deeply. The multiple POV narration is definitely Danielle L Jenson's area of expertise along with an intricate yet captivating world building, she makes the world so real yet so complex with such ease that always leave me in an awe THE PLOT: The plot of GS is full of nerve wracking adventure, expedition and thrill with things constantly happening around the four main characters, the plot is a true testament to all 4 MC's Marcus, Terriana, Killian and Lydia because they are forced to expose all their good, bad and ugly dissecting their character and adding layers of depth to the already fleshed up characters. The last 30% of the book is intense and my absolute favorite because it is pure, undiluted adrenaline constantly being pumped into you. I was so engrossed in the action sequences because they were riveting! THE CHARACTERS: Coming to the characters, I will be honest it is not easy to completely love them all through the book but we have to remember each of them are battling their internal demons from what they were forced to face in Dark Shores and Dark Skies- especially Killian, I know fan base is divided on Marcus and Killian and this book makes it hard to root for Killian BUT his beliefs, worth , loyalties are constantly challenged so I am actually excited to see his transition in the next book as he lowers his internal walls. That being said GIRLS IN THIS BOOK ROCK!!! yes I needed to put that in all caps because they are pivotal showing strength and resilience all through saving men for a change, so before you ask I am #teamlydia and #teamterriana because Marcus and Killian can take back seats for this one!! THE ROMANCE: The romance on the other hand had little scope in this book partly because how intense the events around them are and also partly because all the lies and deceit comes back to take revenge on them.However please enjoy this quote from my bwoy Killan ;) "What I was meant to do was be with you" Reaching out, he caught her around the waist drawing her closer."To never leave your side and to guard your back until one of us cease to draw breath". "You swore that to Malahi" "I swore it to you first, even if you weren't there to hear it.Swore it a hundred times with you in my heart.And even if I had not, I love you.And if this is where you choose to make your stand, I will be at you side until the bitter end" While I hoped for all 4 MC's to meet at some point that did not happen unfortunately, but knowing DLJ she is going to make than an epic scene in the next and final installment. Everyone's favorite Primus(ex) comes back with a bang and adds a punch to the already gripping plot, he brings some much needed comic relief easing the tensions and I have to say it hurt seeing him hurt. The political intrigue is comparatively less because it doesn't happen in the foreground for the most part of the book but when they happen it did make my blood boil, give it to DLJ to make you all the emotions that intensely! I think it is safe to say the book is quite literally "A wild Adventure" because a lot of traveling happens in the good 65% of the book, while some parts of the book felt dragged because of it, we are rewarded with epic action sequences to make up for it.So hold on to you reins and keep riding because that ending...... ;) WHAT I LOVED: -The actions sequences -The plot twist -last 30% for its pure adrenaline rush -Character development of the ladies especially Lydia my queen -Of course the world of Dark Shores WHAT I WISHED WAS BETTER -Pacing -Length because some parts from the travel sequence kind of dragged the story -Jumping straight to plot without a recap (especially for plot as intricate as this I felt like it would help tremendously) -A SUPER DETAILED MAP, there are thousand and 1 locations mentioned in the book which are actually very very interesting but unfortunately it was super hard to imagine them in your head especially when the characters are constantly on move! FINAL THOUGHTS: When can I have the final installment ????

  16. 5 out of 5

    T.L. Branson

    I just finished Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen and whew! What a doozy of a ride that was. It’s easily Jensen’s best book yet. There are many starting points into this world like Dark Shores and Dark Skies, or even the prequel novella Tarnished Empire. But Gilded Serpent is not one of those points. If you’ve yet to read anything in the Dark Shores world, stop, turn around, and go read one of the books above. Even if novellas aren’t your thing, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Tarnished Empire I just finished Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen and whew! What a doozy of a ride that was. It’s easily Jensen’s best book yet. There are many starting points into this world like Dark Shores and Dark Skies, or even the prequel novella Tarnished Empire. But Gilded Serpent is not one of those points. If you’ve yet to read anything in the Dark Shores world, stop, turn around, and go read one of the books above. Even if novellas aren’t your thing, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Tarnished Empire before proceeding. While Tarnished Empire is not necessary, it will make things a lot more interesting for you, I promise. Gilded Serpent Review Gilded Serpent picks up right where Dark Shores and Dark Skies left off. At least I think so, it’s been a year since I read Dark Skies and two since I read Dark Shores. The details are a bit fuzzy. If you didn’t know, Dark Shores and Dark Skies were essentially one novel broken into two parts, each featuring two POVs with two different sets of characters. Gilded Serpent brings all four POVs together and is twice the length of either of the previous books. This book is big. I mean massive big. And it’s totally worth every penny you’ll spend on it, I assure you. Gilded Serpent Summary Marcus and Teriana Marcus is leading the Thirty Seventh and Forty First legions on an expedition to conquer the Dark Shores of the West. They’ve just come off a great victory deposing Urcon and reconquering the land for the locals, while bringing it under Cel rule. Teriana, who has fallen in love with Marcus at this point, is conflicted with the need to prevent the invasion, but care for the very person who will ruin the lives of every citizen of the West. Marcus is not without his own battles, though, as he seeks to be out from under Cel rule and hopes that the Empire will forget about them. The only problem is Teriana’s people are being held captive as insurance that Marcus succeeds. It’s a tight rope and to walk, and Marcus and Teriana’s story pivots around these two stressors the whole time. Killian and Lydia Lydia has been “captured” by King Serrick and “forced” into healing labor by Quindor. She is not a prisoner, and she wants to help, but at the same time, she cannot go with Killian as she wishes. Killian, on the other hand, has taken his rightful place as Lord Calorian and commander of King Serrick’s armies. Serrick sends Killian to protect the borders far away from Lydia and the capital city, Mudaire. You won’t see a whole lot of Killian earlier in the book, but the latter half more than makes up for it. Lydia, who is supposed to be safe, soon finds herself in hot water and will eventually meet up with Killian for an adventure of their own. As with Dark Skies, Killian is conflicted because of his oaths to his kingdom that inevitably wars against his love for Lydia. This is made worse about 40% of the way through when a certain revelation ruins any shot Killian has at love. But don’t despair. Just you wait until Chapter 86. Genius! Danielle L. Jensen is a masterful author and the twists in Gilded Serpent are pure gold. What I loved Where to start? Marcus. Teriana. Teriana. Marcus. I forgot all about you since it’s been two years, and I’m glad I found you again. The dynamic between these two is wonderful. Some of the most touching and powerful moments in Gilded Serpent happen in their storyline. Unfortunately, the book ends with Teriana still having no clue that Lydia is alive, meaning they don’t meet up. But I’m hopeful for that encounter in Book 4. Maybe? What else? Agrippa! Agrippa was introduced in Tarnished Empire, and while he feels a little different here than he did there, the events in Tarnished Empire took place 4 years earlier, and Agrippa finds himself needing to adapt to the local landscape. It’s hardened him a bit, but I still believe he has a good heart and can’t wait to see how he develops in the next book. I’ve been and still remain Team Killian all the way. He’s my favorite, and while he’s noticeably darker emotionally in Gilded Serpent, it’s not without cause. Some of the greatest fight scenes, plot twists, and story development happens in Killian’s and Lydia’s POVs. And one of those moments will make your heart do somersaults. What I didn't like Closing Thoughts “Wait, you forgot to fill out the section about what you didn’t like.” Gotcha! What’s not to like? Gilded Serpent is a pleasure from start to finish and I’m dying for Book 4 already. It’ll be a long wait for sure, but I’m positive it will be worth every minute. Gilded Serpent is an easy 5/5 stars for me. More reviews on my blog at https://tlbranson.com/blog

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andreajanel_reads

    Are you craving an epic series? The Dark Shores series delivers. It has the fiery, rebellious spirit of Star Wars, the heart and soul of Gladiator, and two pairs of star-crossed lovers whose lives are being shaped by impossible choices and encroaching darkness. The latest book in the series, Gilded Serpent, is about clinging to hope when the world is crumbling beneath your feet. It is about choosing love against all odds and doing everything you can to preserve it. Marcus knows that a legionnair Are you craving an epic series? The Dark Shores series delivers. It has the fiery, rebellious spirit of Star Wars, the heart and soul of Gladiator, and two pairs of star-crossed lovers whose lives are being shaped by impossible choices and encroaching darkness. The latest book in the series, Gilded Serpent, is about clinging to hope when the world is crumbling beneath your feet. It is about choosing love against all odds and doing everything you can to preserve it. Marcus knows that a legionnaire's loyalty should be to the glory of the empire. But he has never been more himself than he is with the pirate princess who is his captive. He is determined to protect Teriana, even if his secrets will destroy any love she feels for him. Killian is gifted by the god of war. He has been a weapon for others, a tool of hurt and destruction. The quiet, bookish girl with emerald eyes is the first to see beyond his shield. He loves Lydia, and will fight for their future- even if the universe seems to be conspiring against them. The stakes are escalating as the world succumbs to blight and evil on one shore and corruption and greed on the other. Marcus, Teriana, Killian and Lydia are all that stand against the rising tide. The war has only just begun. I savoured this one as long as I could- until I couldn't resist finishing. The cliffhangers will haunt me until the next release.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dorian Haviliard♕

    Thank you to netgalley for providing me with an arc. *fangirly screaming in the background*

  19. 4 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠

    aHa guess I gotta read this series now

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dorian Haviliard♕

    This surprised me oh so much, and I loved it for that. We actually follow the characters from the two previous books, Marcus, Lydia, Killian, and Teriana (I expected this book to have "DARK" in its title, actually) as they finally come to a head of a possible impending war (OoOoOo). Now, for the actual book, while Dark Skies definitely didn't do for me 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 (this could be possibly because right before I got this arc, I started the series), I was still waiting for the book, and it DELIVERED. This surprised me oh so much, and I loved it for that. We actually follow the characters from the two previous books, Marcus, Lydia, Killian, and Teriana (I expected this book to have "DARK" in its title, actually) as they finally come to a head of a possible impending war (OoOoOo). Now, for the actual book, while Dark Skies definitely didn't do for me 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 (this could be possibly because right before I got this arc, I started the series), I was still waiting for the book, and it DELIVERED. Not only did the characters (especially my husband Killian) grow so much, like, seriously, some good character development was made, but the plot also became bigger and more central, and just better fleshed out (that could just be, because I am a sucker for books with a war plot, for some odd reason...?). But, seriously, certain characters went through so much development (like Lydia, who I hated) and truly ended becoming favorites. And the ending (which sounded as if the story came to a wrap, but then again...) was just so good, and perfect, and my heart couldn't handle it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    HUGE Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge via NetGalley for the ARC!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

    https://thecaffeinatedreader.com/2021... First off, you can read either Dark Shores or Dark Skies first, it doesn’t matter what order you read those two before you start on this one which is pretty neat. This is combining the four perspectives of the two and it’s obviously the start of some wicked threading together of plots. Jensen’s writing style is on point as always, she’s one of these authors that I know is going to literally put my heart through the shredder and I just barrel on for each book https://thecaffeinatedreader.com/2021... First off, you can read either Dark Shores or Dark Skies first, it doesn’t matter what order you read those two before you start on this one which is pretty neat. This is combining the four perspectives of the two and it’s obviously the start of some wicked threading together of plots. Jensen’s writing style is on point as always, she’s one of these authors that I know is going to literally put my heart through the shredder and I just barrel on for each book she puts out. There is so much going on that it’s never a dull moment, in fact I would say at times it was almost a little overwhelming and you had to just take a moment to breathe before diving back in. I say you. I mean me. If you like an action packed book with some delightful romance and crazy emotional reads…I suggest this series in general. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is out and about in the world for sure, so please go check it out if you feel like it. Guess I’ll go reread Tarnished Empire while I wait. 4/5 Cups of coffee WHY DANIELLE WHY THAT ENDING?!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a copy to read in exchange for an honest review The Dark Shores series has quickly become a favorite of mine. It has everything a reader could want: incredible world-building, phenomenal characters, action, political intrigue, and romance. I was super excited and nervous to read Gilded Serpent. I knew I would love it, of course, but I was scared to see what would befall my favorite characters. Let me tell you, Gilded Serpent didn’t disappoint Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a copy to read in exchange for an honest review The Dark Shores series has quickly become a favorite of mine. It has everything a reader could want: incredible world-building, phenomenal characters, action, political intrigue, and romance. I was super excited and nervous to read Gilded Serpent. I knew I would love it, of course, but I was scared to see what would befall my favorite characters. Let me tell you, Gilded Serpent didn’t disappoint. This is by far the best book in the series, and I’m sure the next book will be even better since Danielle L. Jensen’s storytelling gets better with each book--which is a difficult feat in itself. She’s woven such an intricate story with this series. This book is the first one where we have all 4 main characters’ points of view. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! There’s truly never a dull moment in this book. You’ll be captivated from the first page until the very last. Honestly, this book will stay in your thoughts even after you turn the last page. *Sigh* I would know. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly encourage you to do so. It’s such an incredible series. Something super cool about this series is that you can read Dark Shores or Dark Skies first. I read it in publication order, so I read the books in this order: Dark Shores, Dark Skies, Tarnished Empire, and then Gilded Serpent. Also, if you’ve read Dark Shores and Dark Skies, make sure to read Tarnished Empire before starting Gilded Serpent! It’ll give you more background information on certain events that took place before the series started, and some insight into a few characters you’ll see in Gilded Serpent.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie

    "𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗧𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗱𝗼 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺." Jensen has a penchant for putting her characters through the wringer and stressing her readers out, and it was quite evident in Gilded Serpent. It picks up after the events in Dark Shores and Dark Skies. Teriana, Marcus, Lydia and Killian are back and respectively we follow two storylines and embark on a 'soul searching' journey that will test our "𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗧𝗼 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗱𝗼 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺." Jensen has a penchant for putting her characters through the wringer and stressing her readers out, and it was quite evident in Gilded Serpent. It picks up after the events in Dark Shores and Dark Skies. Teriana, Marcus, Lydia and Killian are back and respectively we follow two storylines and embark on a 'soul searching' journey that will test our characters' wits. Jensen's ability to seamlessly interconnect the previous books into this one is brilliant. I wish I could tell you what they were, but it's all in the details and I might've Keanu Reeves "whoa" a few times. Secrets, revelations, twists and turns will surface ... but don't look too hard because it's a recipe for a migraine. Jensen crafts yet another suspenseful adventure, heart wrenching romance, a rich subplot of political intrigue/mystery all in one that will have you engaged the entire time and distraught over the cliffhanger, because who wants to wait a year? If you enjoyed The Bridge Kingdom, Truthwitch or like political fantasies, give this series a try. Things I liked: • Detailed and immersive writing • Anxiety inducing action • Removed a few things from bucket list • I cannot tell you how many times I wanted off the Teriana & Marcus ride • So many twists and revelations • It gets "sauna" steamy in here Not so much: • Teriana and Marcus's epic venture was a tad drawn out, a little repetitive • Lydia and Killian's storyline, moved at a slower pace for me

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vivien Gintner

    What am I supposed to do now? It'll torture to wait a year or more for the final book. I have to admit that the plot felt different than the previous ones. Less political intrigue and battle tactics and more travel from A to B. I understand why this was necessary, it helped deepen the relationships between the couples but it felt like a middle book to me. Anyways I missed the political intrigue but it doesn't matter because I couldn't put the book down and I have no idea how this mess will be so What am I supposed to do now? It'll torture to wait a year or more for the final book. I have to admit that the plot felt different than the previous ones. Less political intrigue and battle tactics and more travel from A to B. I understand why this was necessary, it helped deepen the relationships between the couples but it felt like a middle book to me. Anyways I missed the political intrigue but it doesn't matter because I couldn't put the book down and I have no idea how this mess will be solved just within one book... I hope Book 4 will have at least 1000 pages. (And I still don't like Lydia and Killian. But I love Marcus's and Teriana's POV.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jemailyn

    5☆ How much evil has been done in the name of love? Oh, my God! This book was perfection! The wonderful writing, the complexity of the storyline, the vast worldbuilding! The tension! So much tension in this book; political tension, familial tension, friendship tension, lover's tension, emotional tension, physical tension, sexual tension, and all other possible tension were all in here, and I looooved reading every chaotic minute of it!The author did an amazing job connecting the first three book 5☆ How much evil has been done in the name of love? Oh, my God! This book was perfection! The wonderful writing, the complexity of the storyline, the vast worldbuilding! The tension! So much tension in this book; political tension, familial tension, friendship tension, lover's tension, emotional tension, physical tension, sexual tension, and all other possible tension were all in here, and I looooved reading every chaotic minute of it!The author did an amazing job connecting the first three books. Very... very... very well done.. 👌 Marcus & Teriana I loved these two! Teriana, most especially! She's my epitome of a great heroine: strong, resilient, funny, beautiful. Gosh! I loved reading her heart-stopping adventures with Marcus in Sibern. And I loved her doing and giving her all to save those she loved and cared most. Lydia & Whatshisnameagain? I loved Lydia! Like Teriana, she's also strong and resilient. I hope she's paired up with someone that's not that guy, because I still don't like him.😒 She deserves someone better, honestly. If only I could skip his POV withour missing details of the story. 😩 Sorry, team Kill..ian.. Agrippa Agrippa's there to save the day.. or not! --- Anyway, all my stars go to the first three supers mentioned here. And I look forward to reading their final book!❤

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    Gah!! That ending!! Gilded Serpent is book 3 in the Dark Shores series and I have been waiting so long to read this book that I'm not sure whether I can do it justice or not. The thing about this book that I loved was that it had Lydia, Killian, Marcus, and Teriana in it. We get a lot more of their stories and not to mention having just read Tarnished Empire right before picking up this book, I got to find out more about a certain soldier and while it wasn't all good, it was still good to know w Gah!! That ending!! Gilded Serpent is book 3 in the Dark Shores series and I have been waiting so long to read this book that I'm not sure whether I can do it justice or not. The thing about this book that I loved was that it had Lydia, Killian, Marcus, and Teriana in it. We get a lot more of their stories and not to mention having just read Tarnished Empire right before picking up this book, I got to find out more about a certain soldier and while it wasn't all good, it was still good to know what happened with him. Sooooo much happens in this book and I can't talk about much of it because I don't want to ruin the story for anyone. Just know that you should definitely pick this book up as soon as you can and if you haven't had a chance to read the first two books, you should! . Keep in mind that there is another book after this one and I'll be the first to admit that I really wished the ending had some more closure than it did but I'm here for the rest of the story and I can't wait to read what happens when they all cross paths. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura P.

    My immense gratitude goes to Tor Teen for granting me an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (you brought joy to a bleak 2020/2021!) First thing first, it took me a whole month to start this book, mostly because I was too excited and – at the same time – too scared. Well, I’m quite happy to report that Gilded Serpent is, hands down, the best book I read this year. If possible, I loved it even more than Dark Shores andDark Skiesput together, that’s a feat considering how much I love My immense gratitude goes to Tor Teen for granting me an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (you brought joy to a bleak 2020/2021!) First thing first, it took me a whole month to start this book, mostly because I was too excited and – at the same time – too scared. Well, I’m quite happy to report that Gilded Serpent is, hands down, the best book I read this year. If possible, I loved it even more than Dark Shores andDark Skiesput together, that’s a feat considering how much I loved those two! Gilded Serpent is, to me, a dream coming true as we can finally read Marcus’s, Teriana’s, Lydia’s and Killian’s POVs all in the same book (yay!). Even though four different POVs can be difficult to manage it is not the case here, more like the opposite. The different POVs are beautifully done and the writing flows easily and smoothly making it a real joy to read. Danielle L Jensen managed to craft such achingly complex characters that’s impossible not to love every single one of them. I might have a soft spot for Marcus but it doesn’t mean I don’t adore the others as well. It was wonderful and, at times, heart-wrenching, to be inside the head of these four. I practically drank in every word, even tried to read as slowly as possible to make the book last longer. I always have a case of separation-anxiety where these characters are concerned! I’m not going to lie, for once, I really liked the romance and I cheered when both couples grew even closer. Of course, some kind of heartbreak and inner conflict/turmoil is always behind the corner but, in truth, it adds to the beauty of it. Marcus He was and confirms himself to be my favorite (behind his impassive mask, he’s such a cinnamon roll!). It was insanely good to see him more off-guard and I adored the way he started to emotionally open up to Teriana. Teriana I have always admired – and still do - her strength of character. She’s, simply put, kick-ass. Lydia My quiet but extraordinary bookworm! What’s not to like? I wish she could see herself as Killian sees her: a strong, independent and beautiful woman. I have always loved her quiet strength. Killian What can I say? He's wonderfully and fiercely loyal. The devotion he shows for his country and for the people he loves is… everything. Mention of honor: - Agrippa!If you have read Tarnished Empire you might understand my excitement. - Dareena: I love this woman so so much! Gilded Serpent’s plot turned to be more far reaching and twisted than I had expected, it even managed to shock me a few times (OMG, the secrets, the twists!!)! The threads are finely woven and masterfully crafted. This is a book that keeps you constantly on your toes, with rarely a dull moment. It’s a terrific and perfect blend of complex characters, intrigues and otherworldly meddling… I’m in awe!! I can’t tell ifI loved Gilded Serpent because it tore my heart out or in spite of it, probably both. I’m keeping this review spoiler free but THE ENDING—THE ENDING (the last handful of chapters, really)! How am I supposed to survive until the next one??? I can’t, I just…can’t!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Dawya

    Thank you Tor Teen for giving me an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was *chef's kiss* PERFECTION!! I need the next book asap! I've been a fan of Jensen's books since Stolen Songbird. From then on, I've been following her work because they're exactly my taste and she never failed to broke my heart and blew my mind with every book she wrote. Though I didn't like Dark Shores as much as I hoped too, I still sensed that the series is going to be awesome. Then I read Dark Sk Thank you Tor Teen for giving me an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was *chef's kiss* PERFECTION!! I need the next book asap! I've been a fan of Jensen's books since Stolen Songbird. From then on, I've been following her work because they're exactly my taste and she never failed to broke my heart and blew my mind with every book she wrote. Though I didn't like Dark Shores as much as I hoped too, I still sensed that the series is going to be awesome. Then I read Dark Skies and I barely survived. All the time I wasted waiting on the third book was long and torturous but I tell you now, every second is worth it. I dont't want to drop any spoiler so I'd only write down the important bits. I loved that we got 4 POVs in this book because of course I wanted to know what happen to Teriana, Marcus, Lydia, and Killian after the ending in the previous two books. I didn't find the switch between POVs annoying because it's done smoothly. I couldn't put down my Kindle thanks to the addicting and captivating writing. The characters were still gold and precious. I enjoyed their growth and development as well as their interactions. Much to my surprise, I found myself loving Teriana and Marcus' journey. This is because they have so many adorable and what-the-duck-just-happened moments that frustrated me yet filled me with delight. That doesn't mean Lydia and Killian's journey was bland. They have their own moments too that made me screeched and screamed though tbh I felt theirs was not as exciting as the previous pair. Another thing that I loved? The never-ending plot twists. If you think you can guess what will happen in the next chapter, think again because (beware!) unexpected twists were everywhere, my mind just burst at every turn. I admit, the number of pages intimidated me a little bit but now I just wished there were more. Even if my sanity was on the line, I couldn't help but want more because it was so so good! Overall, Gilded Serpent was a wild and mind-blowing read. It pushed through each of my expectation so now I just hold the next installment in the series in such an impossibly high standard. I loved almost everything about this book even the parts where I thought my heart would fail. If you have read one or both books in the series, I really recommend you to picking up this book. And if you haven't heard or read Dark Shores series, it's never to late to add the books to your TBR pile. You won't regret it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nihal

    i was halfway through tarnished empire. marcus was acting a lil different from what i remember from dark shores and dark skies. i have never been overtly impressed by his character but i was actually liking him more than agrippa, whose book it was. maybe bc tarnished empire is a prequel, he changes through the course of years and becomes... well, annoying (to me) i picked up THIS book, the gilded serpent. now, i had no plans on reading this book or the prequel 💀 dark shores and dark skies were s i was halfway through tarnished empire. marcus was acting a lil different from what i remember from dark shores and dark skies. i have never been overtly impressed by his character but i was actually liking him more than agrippa, whose book it was. maybe bc tarnished empire is a prequel, he changes through the course of years and becomes... well, annoying (to me) i picked up THIS book, the gilded serpent. now, i had no plans on reading this book or the prequel 💀 dark shores and dark skies were snooze worthy but the characters did leave a impression. didn't think of them much like i did with the bridge kingdom, the author's other book. all this to say, i only got this book to read one marcus chapter or two to see if my memory is at default or he really does change, only for me to read the whole book. NOW this book is hefty but it didn't feel like it????? I've been avoiding big books bc of the fear of getting in a slump again and keep in mind, i had no intention of completing this book. but oh gosh. i went on reading. i was like okay one more page bc i still have tarnished empire to finish. the latter was good too but not as gripping, probably bc it has new characters and I'm already familiar with marcus and rest of the three main characters. it did a pretty good job of reminding the reader of events from the last two books without making it info dumpy. cleverly hinting at the past, made me feel kinda proud of my memory ngl the characters did it for me. both couples were so different from each other. they didn't mix and form a confusing amalgam. each individual had such stark personalities. good charactetship is the key for good literature. damn i should've finished tarnished empire bc agrippa???! que for you to read all three books before starting this one.

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