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Essie has her elf back...but his mind is still stuck in that dungeon. The war is over. A peace treaty has been signed. But Farrendel and Essie still have a battle ahead of them. Will Farrendel be able to build a new life with Essie now that he no longer has a war to fight? Melantha has ruined her life and the lives of all those around her. Now that she finds herself far from Essie has her elf back...but his mind is still stuck in that dungeon. The war is over. A peace treaty has been signed. But Farrendel and Essie still have a battle ahead of them. Will Farrendel be able to build a new life with Essie now that he no longer has a war to fight? Melantha has ruined her life and the lives of all those around her. Now that she finds herself far from home and married to a troll who was once her enemy and captor, can she figure out what love and honor truly mean before it is too late for all of them? Not everyone in Kostaria is happy with peace or with their new elven queen. If Rharreth and Melantha cannot find a way to bring peace to their troubled kingdom, war threatens not only their happily ever after, but Essie and Farrendel's as well. The epic adventure and slowburn romances of the Elven Alliance series continue in this clean, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of K.M. Shea and Kenley Davidson.


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Essie has her elf back...but his mind is still stuck in that dungeon. The war is over. A peace treaty has been signed. But Farrendel and Essie still have a battle ahead of them. Will Farrendel be able to build a new life with Essie now that he no longer has a war to fight? Melantha has ruined her life and the lives of all those around her. Now that she finds herself far from Essie has her elf back...but his mind is still stuck in that dungeon. The war is over. A peace treaty has been signed. But Farrendel and Essie still have a battle ahead of them. Will Farrendel be able to build a new life with Essie now that he no longer has a war to fight? Melantha has ruined her life and the lives of all those around her. Now that she finds herself far from home and married to a troll who was once her enemy and captor, can she figure out what love and honor truly mean before it is too late for all of them? Not everyone in Kostaria is happy with peace or with their new elven queen. If Rharreth and Melantha cannot find a way to bring peace to their troubled kingdom, war threatens not only their happily ever after, but Essie and Farrendel's as well. The epic adventure and slowburn romances of the Elven Alliance series continue in this clean, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of K.M. Shea and Kenley Davidson.

30 review for Troll Queen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Knight

    IT’S. SO. GOOD!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maria Lebron

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Disclaimer: You should already know I’m about to spoil a lot of this book, so do not read on if you haven’t read or do not like spoilers. Oof, okay. I have a LOT of feelings about Troll Queen. Let me preface this by saying that I was super stoked to read this book, and overall it was a pleasing read. Tara Grayce excels at writing heartwarming family moments, and this book manages to have plenty. That said, given how dark the previous book in the series was, the setup of dealing with its aftermath Disclaimer: You should already know I’m about to spoil a lot of this book, so do not read on if you haven’t read or do not like spoilers. Oof, okay. I have a LOT of feelings about Troll Queen. Let me preface this by saying that I was super stoked to read this book, and overall it was a pleasing read. Tara Grayce excels at writing heartwarming family moments, and this book manages to have plenty. That said, given how dark the previous book in the series was, the setup of dealing with its aftermath for both Farrendel and Melantha, I find myself so disappointed that I don’t even know where to start. After reading the first three books I didn’t really care for Melantha until the last half of book three. I sort of despised her by the end of book two (for obvious reasons), and in book three I was so gutted by her earlier betrayal I didn’t really even care to read about her thoughts and feelings. Then she begins to help Farrendel in the dungeon, standing up to the trolls on his behalf and I realized what potential there could be in her redemption story. So when I found out the next book was literally titled Troll Queen I was ecstatic. I assumed (and that’s probably where I went wrong) that this book would primarily focus on Melantha and her journey to redemption and eventually happiness as she married Rharreth and adjusted to life not only as a wife, but also as an unwanted queen in the land of her people’s enemies, the trolls. And sure, the book touches on these things, but therein lies the problem—these elements are all but glossed over and never really fleshed out. As a proud elf princess now scorned by her own people, guilty of one of the worst betrayals possible, alone in hostile territory, and now shackled in marriage to someone she doesn’t know and by all rights should loathe due to elf/troll animosity—I expected Melantha to struggle. Oh sure, she’s strong-willed and has plenty of anger to keep her going, but by the end of the third book she is also full of self-loathing, broken by her actions, and stripped of everything she has ever been and known. There was just a lot to work through for her character alone, and I was so ready for the heartache of reading as she waded through all of it. And sure, Melantha deals with some dislike from the trolls, and she thinks about how she needs to be a better person, but that’s kind of it? There was no fleshing out of all her anger, all her broken pride, her need for forgiveness not only from her family but also from herself. No difficult moments between her and Rharreth (or really any of the trolls for that matter) because of her dishonorable deeds, no breaking point or gradual building back up of her character into a stronger and more wholesome person. Yes, she learns how to love herself, but more in a way that the reader is told about instead of earned or felt. I could probably go on and on, because more than any other character in the series, Melantha is my type of protagonist, but I seriously doubt anyone has even made it this far so I will digress. Suffice to say, I’m ready to fight and die for my troll queen, but more because of my own headcanon than anything the author actually made me feel. As if that’s not enough of a letdown, let’s discuss the romance between Melantha and Rharreth. I think most readers of this series were initially drawn in by the arranged marriage between elf and human, an alliance seeking peace between enemies. Troll Queen has obvious parallels, but it feels like a more intense reimagining. We, the readers, know these characters, we have stronger feelings about the elf/troll conflict (did anyone even like trolls until this book??), and therefore we are doubly invested. Rharreth became intriguing by the end of the third book, I respected him and was fully ready to fall in love with him. But this book should have read more like an enemies to lovers tale, where Rharreth and Melantha struggled to find common ground and respect for one another. Sure, they already had the common ground of struggling against Charvod in the dungeon, but Rharreth should have struggled to see Melantha in any kind of good light. As a troll whose honor is more important than his life (or so we are led to believe and understand), Rharreth should have been hard pressed to respect much less love Melantha. For her part, Melantha’s guard should have been up as a lone elf woman in a hostile land, and Rharreth should have represented a target for all her aforementioned guilt and anger and self-loathing. Instead the two of them had immediate respect and attraction for one another. Instead, we see trolls showing their hate for Melantha by spitting on her, throwing rocks, etc., and not ONCE does Rharreth stand up for her in any satisfying way. Sure, he fights Vriska in the sparring ring as a warning, but he never calls anyone out on their abuse of Melantha as the abuse happens, even though we are led to believe he knows full well what is happening to her behind his back. So the same troll who took a whipping from his brother for Melantha, does not say a word to those who mistreat his queen even though each assault should be a mark upon his honor, particularly because Melantha is not a warrior in their society and cannot fight those battles on her own. (Which is not to say that I wouldn’t have enjoyed watching Melantha fight back—and she should have, with her angry warrior’s spirit, like a feral wildcat—but she, too, just lets it happen.) Rharreth is not seen as her protector—even though romance novels such as this THRIVE on such things—but Melantha feels safe and respected all the same. The attraction between the two is one of the best parts of the romance, but this too is never earned, just immediately given—when I tell you I CHOKED when Rharreth realized he’d started falling in love with Melantha in the *DUNGEON*. The entire romance is just rushed and told instead of felt—glossed over and unsatisfying. Which brings me to why there was no room for the romance or redemption story to be fleshed out. Farrendel. And Essie. Both have already had THREE books. This book is titled “Troll Queen”. It is NOT their spotlight anymore. Sure, I wanted to know what happened next in their story, and I was definitely interested in Farrendel’s recovery from the devastating effects of his time in Kostaria in book three. But really and truly, all of that could have been condensed into a novella instead of taking up time and space in Melantha and Rharreth’s story. Instead Farrendel and Essie are gifted just as much space in this story, and honestly because I’m salty, if you counted their chapters and compared—they probably got more than Melantha and Rharreth. When I say I literally screamed every time the narrative returned to Essie and Farrendel, I am not kidding. But ok, fine, the series is obviously theirs and the author was not willing to cede even a book (or two, considering book five) to anyone else. But the premise that their portion of the book would be about dealing with Farrendel’s recovery is a bit of a joke. There was no real pain or trauma felt. I think one or two chapters had a little difficulty and tears, but that was it. The rest of the time is spent buying hot chocolate and the corresponding mugs or magical engineering and college acceptance. I kid you not. And, after dealing with my initial frustration every time I saw their names on the page, I did enjoy reading about the way both families came together to help Farrendel heal. I also loved the family and especially the sibling interactions—remember the author excels at these. I even really enjoyed Essie learning to utilize Farrendel’s magic and becoming something of a warrior herself. (Side note: how on earth is a custom made armor set comparable to a hot chocolate mug?!) But was it worth half the book when Melantha and Rharreth were fighting for their lives? That would be a resounding no. Since this is already ridiculously long, I will let this review do Rharreth the same disservice as the book and not really flesh out how his character arc could have been better and conclude this review by saying that I did surprisingly still find some elements of the book to enjoy. For what was written, for the very ingenuity that created these characters I get to rant about, Tara Grayce deserves major props. Letdown or no, this book still had some great scenes. Melantha learning to fight, learning to love her healing for the incredible skill it is. Rharreth showing Melantha the northern lights. Literally any scene with Julien and Edmund. The softness, the love and support between Essie and Farrendel as Farrendel found healing. The moment where Melantha cuts her hair for Farrendel, one of the most beautiful moments in the book (Rharreth trailing his fingers through her hair, but fully understanding her need to perform the act—not to mention the very troll-like desire to restore her honor by doing in the first place?? *chef’s kiss*). So, if you’re a huge fan of the series or connected to these characters it’s worth the frustration of reading. Will I read the next book? For Edmund, definitely. But it will most likely be lower on the TBR.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beka

    I AM SO READY FOR THIS BOOK. FARRENDEL/ESSIE HEALING MELANTHA REDEMPTION/HEALING/FINALLY FINDING LOVE HOPEFULLY. I AM READY FOR HEALINGGGGGG.

  4. 5 out of 5

    H.S.J. Williams

    Well, what can I say? It's my new favorite of The Elven Alliance. Book 3, the darkest installment we had yet in a series that is mostly romance/comedy/drama, left us off with quite a few problems. So if you haven't read the previous stories and don't want spoilers, you should probably look away. Let's start with Farrendel, because Farrendel is Best Boi. No lie, the beginning of this book is pretty tough, because the effect of trauma is completely taking over his brain and making him act out of fea Well, what can I say? It's my new favorite of The Elven Alliance. Book 3, the darkest installment we had yet in a series that is mostly romance/comedy/drama, left us off with quite a few problems. So if you haven't read the previous stories and don't want spoilers, you should probably look away. Let's start with Farrendel, because Farrendel is Best Boi. No lie, the beginning of this book is pretty tough, because the effect of trauma is completely taking over his brain and making him act out of fear and anger. I really appreciated that this isn't resolved by Essie's endless positivity. (No, in fact, Essie's positivity has finally reached its limit. As much as I love her "glass half full" personality, it was refreshing and important to see her break down. Really wanted to give her a hug!) Instead, Farrendel's mental sickness is addressed as something that needs proper care just like any physical sickness...medicine, counseling, time, lots of patience, gentle persistence, exercise, and safe environments. I was really glad to see a fantasy story confront trauma in this way rather than just let the character deal with it on their own. And as the story goes on, we do see healing begin, and its the beeeeeeeeeeeeeest. So many cute and iconic moments that Tara is becoming famous for! The family vibes are wonderful. Before I get too much further, let us address the titular main characters of this book--the new troll queen, former elf princess, Melantha and her husband Rharreth. It is such a bold move making Melantha a heroine. She starts off SO unlikable, so dishonorable, so....GRRRR. And yet. Instead of killing her as a form of revenge or partial redemption, Tara picks her up and gives her an arc. A real, painful arc of self-reflection, repentance, and discovery. I applaud. I shan't say too much, but I was both surprised and not surprised that Melantha and Rharreth's chemistry moved along so naturally at a quick pace. Our mains are not the only ones who get development. Turns out Weylind's wife, Rheva, is a dear! And Weylind himself gets some much needed time to be real with others. The world-building has been good, but I really enjoyed it in this book in particular due to the troll kingdom. I know it shouldn't be, but skiing and sled-dogs seems so unique in a fantasy novel. I won't give details, but the climax was EEEEEPIIIIIIIC. Violence: Some blood, combat, killing. Nothing too descriptive. Romance: Again, Tara keeps it classy. Some kissing, not physically descriptive. Melantha and Rharreth's relationship definitely has more heat then Essie and Farrendel, but it doesn't get too intrusive. I would say there are a couple of fade-to-black moments, but they were not uncomfortable, and I'm guessing the hint would fly over young minds. Language: None? Spiritual: Not included.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Oh my. Oh my oh my oh my! • I have been waiting for this book since last December, when my wonderful friend thrust book one at me and I promptly had all three of Tara’s book devoured over the course of a week! (Thank you Amazon Prime!) And Troll Queen did not disappoint. • (If you haven’t read the first there books of this series, I recommend forgoing the rest of this review!) • I was so happy when I saw the page count (nearly 450!) because I needed it all! After the end of Death Wind, I really neede Oh my. Oh my oh my oh my! • I have been waiting for this book since last December, when my wonderful friend thrust book one at me and I promptly had all three of Tara’s book devoured over the course of a week! (Thank you Amazon Prime!) And Troll Queen did not disappoint. • (If you haven’t read the first there books of this series, I recommend forgoing the rest of this review!) • I was so happy when I saw the page count (nearly 450!) because I needed it all! After the end of Death Wind, I really needed some happy, but it took some time. I actually really appreciated that though, because there is no way for Farrendel and Essie, to have healed instantly. Not with the trauma they faced. • Speaking of characters ... Farrendel and Essie, Melantha and Rharreth, Weylind, Julien, Edmund Avie, Jalissa, Leyloria, Rheva, Paige, the boys! How is it possible to fall absolutely in love with every single character Tara pens onto the page?! (And that isn’t even all of them!) They’re all just so relatable. From Farrendel and his panic attacks (which were spot on btw) to Weylind and Avie’s big brother protectiveness, to Essie’s joy and love, there’s just no way to hate these precious cinnamon rolls. • And the message! Ahhh I loved, loved, LOVED how each of Tara’s books delve into another layer or aspect of love. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book! • “Love was not something that strive to earn another’s affectionate give only for what one could get back. Love was self-sacrificing without expectation of any reward ... it was feeling compassion for these people, even as some still shouted and spat at her as they passed ...” • “I have always loved your magic, just as I have always loved your scars. Because your scars and your magic are a part of you, and I love you. All of you.” • “Happiness, like love, is the choice to dwell in the deeper joy, deeper contentment. Some are north with the ability to do this without a second thought. Some have to learn I do this through a lot of struggle.” • An amazing, fantastic read! Five hundred out of five! Ages 16 & up!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Ok so I CAN'T WAIT for this to come out!! I need to see Farrendel healing and Essie being patient and loving and helping him through it. I need all their sweet moments and Farrendel being comforted and loved like he deserves. Also when I read the reviews of Death Wind I couldn't imagine NOT hating Melantha, but now here I am shipping her with Rharreth and honestly he seems like he has a heart and will turn out to be quite sweet so I am very much looking forward to that. About 2 months till this co Ok so I CAN'T WAIT for this to come out!! I need to see Farrendel healing and Essie being patient and loving and helping him through it. I need all their sweet moments and Farrendel being comforted and loved like he deserves. Also when I read the reviews of Death Wind I couldn't imagine NOT hating Melantha, but now here I am shipping her with Rharreth and honestly he seems like he has a heart and will turn out to be quite sweet so I am very much looking forward to that. About 2 months till this comes out; I already have it pre-ordered so now I just have to wait until it releases. Time to distract myself with schoolwork until then! Update: 3 more hours! It releases on the 19th! I'm so excited, guys - ~~~~~~~Actual Review~~~~~~~ I love Rharreth and Melantha together and how much Melantha fits in with the trolls and how much she comes to care for them. I love the healing in the families and specifically Farrendel's. And once again Farrendel and Essie are adorable and sweet and I loved watching their relationship evolve and progress from Farrendel's trauma and healing. Also I am rather hoping for a novella about Weylind; he's becoming such an intriguing character. We got to see a bit more of Reva in this installment which I loved. So much shipping. So many kisses. So much healing. I adored it, as expected.

  7. 5 out of 5

    alittlebitbookish

    *sighs dreamily* It was so good to be reunited with everyone. Farrendel, Essie, Avie, Edmund,Julian,Weylind, Rheva, Jalissa,Melantha, Rharreth. *finishes the book* *hardcore fangirls* *screams* I loved this book so much. I love this series. I love these characters. Rharreth and Melantha... their adorable!😭 Melantha deserves to find happiness. And I’m so glad she found someone who truly loves her. Rharreth. *clears throat* he is such a cinnamon roll😭 Farrendel and Essie are adorable. 😭 *cries my *sighs dreamily* It was so good to be reunited with everyone. Farrendel, Essie, Avie, Edmund,Julian,Weylind, Rheva, Jalissa,Melantha, Rharreth. *finishes the book* *hardcore fangirls* *screams* I loved this book so much. I love this series. I love these characters. Rharreth and Melantha... their adorable!😭 Melantha deserves to find happiness. And I’m so glad she found someone who truly loves her. Rharreth. *clears throat* he is such a cinnamon roll😭 Farrendel and Essie are adorable. 😭 *cries my eyes out* I love them so much. I’m so happy to see Farrendel happy again.😭 Happy Farrendel is the best Farrendel. and Essie I just love her so much ❤️😭 TARAAAA I NEEEEEEEDDD PRETENSE

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    11/21-I want more Ferrendel and Essie. Not a fan of Melantha. Would rather read about Edmund and Jalissa’s story instead. It’s fine to redeem Melantha, but like, later. I don’t care about her redemption arc when my main couple have their own relationship arc to get through. I am interested in the troll prince dude though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lily Mordaunt

    Love This Series I was beyond excited when Kindle notified me that this book was available a month earlier than expected. And I was not disappointed. I wanted to dislike MELANTHA on principle, but she and Rharreth won me over. Watching their struggles with the trolls, but also getting to see the person beneath the vindictive sister... it was well-done. It was hard watching Essie and Farrendel struggle in the beginning, but I felt like the author did such a good job at bringing and keeping them to Love This Series I was beyond excited when Kindle notified me that this book was available a month earlier than expected. And I was not disappointed. I wanted to dislike MELANTHA on principle, but she and Rharreth won me over. Watching their struggles with the trolls, but also getting to see the person beneath the vindictive sister... it was well-done. It was hard watching Essie and Farrendel struggle in the beginning, but I felt like the author did such a good job at bringing and keeping them together. I loved the groth I continued to see in the characters, and glimpses of what’s to come in the next book. Honestly, if you’ve gotten this far in the series, this should be an auto-buy. This series, it’s layered characters and interesting world are so well-written that I’m sad that we’ll only have one more book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    H.S.J. Williams

    Well, what can I say? It's my new favorite of The Elven Alliance. Book 3, the darkest installment we had yet in a series that is mostly romance/comedy/drama, left us off with quite a few problems. So if you haven't read the previous stories and don't want spoilers, you should probably look away. Let's start with Farrendel, because Farrendel is Best Boi. No lie, the beginning of this book is pretty tough, because the effect of trauma is completely taking over his brain and making him act out of f Well, what can I say? It's my new favorite of The Elven Alliance. Book 3, the darkest installment we had yet in a series that is mostly romance/comedy/drama, left us off with quite a few problems. So if you haven't read the previous stories and don't want spoilers, you should probably look away. Let's start with Farrendel, because Farrendel is Best Boi. No lie, the beginning of this book is pretty tough, because the effect of trauma is completely taking over his brain and making him act out of fear and anger. I really appreciated that this isn't resolved by Essie's endless positivity. (No, in fact, Essie's positivity has finally reached its limit. As much as I love her "glass half full" personality, it was refreshing and important to see her break down. Really wanted to give her a hug!) Instead, Farrendel's mental sickness is addressed as something that needs proper care just like any physical sickness...medicine, counseling, time, lots of patience, gentle persistence, exercise, and safe environments. I was really glad to see a fantasy story confront trauma in this way rather than just let the character deal with it on their own. And as the story goes on, we do see healing begin, and its the beeeeeeeeeeeeeest. So many cute and iconic moments that Tara is becoming famous for! The family vibes are wonderful. Before I get too much further, let us address the titular main characters of this book--the new troll queen, former elf princess, Melantha and her husband Rharreth. It is such a bold move making Melantha a heroine. She starts off SO unlikable, so dishonorable, so....GRRRR. And yet. Instead of killing her as a form of revenge or partial redemption, Tara picks her up and gives her an arc. A real, painful arc of self-reflection, repentance, and discovery. I applaud. I shan't say too much, but I was both surprised and not surprised that Melantha and Rharreth's chemistry moved along so naturally at a quick pace. Our mains are not the only ones who get development. Turns out Weylind's wife, Rheva, is a dear! And Weylind himself gets some much needed time to be real with others. The world-building has been good, but I really enjoyed it in this book in particular due to the troll kingdom. I know it shouldn't be, but skiing and sled-dogs seems so unique in a fantasy novel. I won't give details, but the climax was EEEEEPIIIIIIIC. Violence: Some blood, combat, killing. Nothing too descriptive. Romance: Again, Tara keeps it classy. Some kissing, not physically descriptive. Melantha and Rharreth's relationship definitely has more heat then Essie and Farrendel, but it doesn't get too intrusive. I would say there are a couple of fade-to-black moments, but they were not uncomfortable, and I'm guessing the hint would fly over young minds. Language: None? Spiritual: Not included.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Chen

    I've waited what feels like forever for this book. It did not disappoint. I am here for all of the healing and growing and loving in this book. Throughout this whole series I haven't particularly liked Melantha, especially after what she did to Farrendel. But honestly I feel much more amenable towards her, especially now that we get to see how she really has changed. I am also here for (view spoiler)[ her and Rharreth's relationship, even though I feel like it should have taken longer and been l I've waited what feels like forever for this book. It did not disappoint. I am here for all of the healing and growing and loving in this book. Throughout this whole series I haven't particularly liked Melantha, especially after what she did to Farrendel. But honestly I feel much more amenable towards her, especially now that we get to see how she really has changed. I am also here for (view spoiler)[ her and Rharreth's relationship, even though I feel like it should have taken longer and been less rushed. But yeah, they're pretty cute together. (hide spoiler)] Melantha really had some amazing character growth, and you see some her compassion and kindness shine through now that she isn't shoving it down with her anger and disdain. Essie and Farrendel also had some moments. I knew the healing process would be hard, but they really pulled through and it feels so good. The romance isn't over after marriage. For Essie and Farrendel, it's the beginning :) I don't have any other words for what I want to say, except I loved them in the previous books and I still love them. The brothers weren't as much as a focus as they were in the last book when they were mustering the army together, but they're still great. We saw Edmund all of maybe three times in this book, but based on the blurb for book 5, we'll be seeing a lot more of him then. But yeah, Weylind and Averett and Julien were still their overprotective-big-brother selves, and they were always there for support and having fun. (view spoiler)[ The elf ear mug thing was such a random addition but sooo funny. And Weylind regifting his to Melantha? HILARIOUS. Weylind is always so fun for them to tease. (hide spoiler)] Aside from the brothers, I really liked that Rheva and Essie build more of a relationship in this book. Who knew that the composed elf queen had a sense of humor? I loved watching not only Essie and Farrendel's relationship grow, but the relationship between their own families. They have come such a long way from wariness to laughter and snowball fights. I loved everything, and my only regret is that I read the whole book SO DAMN FAST. I finished reading it and now have to endure the excruciating wait for the last book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crystal D

    Tara Grace does is again as this is another fantastic installment in this series. It wraps up the story arc building since book 1, and while I know we are getting a fifth book, this one honestly wraps up everything plot wise perfectly. I love this series, and I wish we got more of certain characters in this book, but either way this was a fantastic read I couldn't put down. Essie and Farrendal are still a fantastic couple, but I've gotta say, I loved Melantha and Rharreth's romance even more than Tara Grace does is again as this is another fantastic installment in this series. It wraps up the story arc building since book 1, and while I know we are getting a fifth book, this one honestly wraps up everything plot wise perfectly. I love this series, and I wish we got more of certain characters in this book, but either way this was a fantastic read I couldn't put down. Essie and Farrendal are still a fantastic couple, but I've gotta say, I loved Melantha and Rharreth's romance even more than theirs!! melantha's journey in this series has been so wonderful, and she's hands down my favorite character in this series. Rharreth was interesting in book 3, and seeing him grow into the person he is in this book was great. Seeing both of them fall in love, and draw strength from each other was such an enjoyable read, and my major "complaint" in this book is that we didn't get to read more from their POV, because I enjoyed those chapters more than the Farrendal and Essie ones. I hope we get an entire book focused only on them one day, I would love that so much! The politics and war are not as strong aspects in this book. It focuses more on the relationships, which totally works for me. The second half of the book goes more into the politics and stuff, and we get an epic fight scene because of that. I liked that it felt like an organic read, and things just worked so well plot wise as things happening in the second half of the book didn't feel rushed at all. Just a really well written book, I enjoyed it tons. This will remain my favorite fantasy romance series. I love all of the couples and characters, and I'm ready to eat up anything from this universe that is written. I've already pre-ordered book 5, and can't wait to see more of these characters interacting. But most of all, more melantha and Rharreth please!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bess

    While it took me a while to warm up (no pun intended) to Melantha & Rharreth since I really like Farrendel, I did end up enjoying their story. Now, this is not totally their story, Farrendel & Essie are present too!! Along with lots of others! This is a story of betrayal, intrigue, enemies in high places and unexpectant friends found. Where survival is farer reaching than anticipated and death is lurking at each turn. Melantha & Rharreth are married. But Kostaria isn't all happiness now that the r While it took me a while to warm up (no pun intended) to Melantha & Rharreth since I really like Farrendel, I did end up enjoying their story. Now, this is not totally their story, Farrendel & Essie are present too!! Along with lots of others! This is a story of betrayal, intrigue, enemies in high places and unexpectant friends found. Where survival is farer reaching than anticipated and death is lurking at each turn. Melantha & Rharreth are married. But Kostaria isn't all happiness now that the rule of tyranny is over and their king has a savior Elven bride. Nope, their troubles are only now beginning. There are those who believe Rharreth too weak to rule due to his Elven bride. Even those in his elite cannot be trusted to uphold the king. So, Rharreth's cousin stages a palace coup. And Rharreth should be dead. If not for Melantha, he would be. Now they will travel across frigid land to the borders of Tarenhiel to seek aid from those she's betrayed, her family. What an amazing tale! It was long, make no mistake about that. But it didn't necessarily feel that long. There was a lot of laying down a firm foundation to the story, something I've come to appreciate with Tara's books and other authors as well. This one kept me guessing. I can't say I was completely surprised as to the outcome, but how they arrived was a jumbled trail of twists and turns. I enjoyed it immensely. No cliffhanger. But book 5 is expected later this year. No profanity, no sex, mild gore (war), no sensuality, nothing that triggered me. But Farrendel still had loads of nightmares and was receiving counseling! I loved that he finally was able to reach out to others for help. Eagerly waiting for the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Maria Subroto

    At first I wasn't that excited seeing this one would focused not only in Farrendel and Essie's story but also Melantha's story after her wedding with the troll in the last book. First of all, was it just me or this book was longer than the previous three books ? Because it feels like it. Probably because it shows two story between Melantha and Farrendel in different places but still in the same timeline. But, I still loved it and as the story progressed further I found myself interested to read At first I wasn't that excited seeing this one would focused not only in Farrendel and Essie's story but also Melantha's story after her wedding with the troll in the last book. First of all, was it just me or this book was longer than the previous three books ? Because it feels like it. Probably because it shows two story between Melantha and Farrendel in different places but still in the same timeline. But, I still loved it and as the story progressed further I found myself interested to read from Melantha. I kind of hated her from the previous book but this one managed to made me forgive her for her actions and I thought this one ended beautiful for all the three kingdoms (human, elves and trolls). Hopefully, it would stay that way for a very long time. Most of all, I loved being back to this world and reading the healing journey for Farrendel and Essie. Farrendel change A LOT in this book, he wasn't that timid, serious, cold Laesornysh we met at the beginning as he slowly heals himself in a good way with the proper help. I really love all relationships in this book, whether it was a romance or family relationships it was funny and passionate at the same time. Overall, it was great and I had a great time reading it even though it felt a bit too long but still enjoyable. I can't wait for the next book since it was going to be about Edmund and Jalissa! I was curious to what really happened with them in this book. There are hints about Jalissa being miserable and both of them seem to drifted away, hopefully it will be explained in the next one :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    K

    AHHHHHHH!!! I don't think I can truly convey how much I love this series. This has to be one of the best fantasy romance series I've read (and I read A LOT). You know when you read something and love it so much that you keep trying to find something equally as awesome and you can't? That's the emotion I have every time I finish one of these books in this series. The characters in this series are so well crafted. I love Farrendel and Essie; I'm falling in love with Rharreth and Melantha. Each cha AHHHHHHH!!! I don't think I can truly convey how much I love this series. This has to be one of the best fantasy romance series I've read (and I read A LOT). You know when you read something and love it so much that you keep trying to find something equally as awesome and you can't? That's the emotion I have every time I finish one of these books in this series. The characters in this series are so well crafted. I love Farrendel and Essie; I'm falling in love with Rharreth and Melantha. Each character is complex and unique, with motives and thoughts/emotions all their own. They are so well-written that you can guess how they will react to a situation, yet they are not cardboard cutouts just going through the motions. And the romance is so satisfying without being raunchy. This isn't the Hallmark-ish clean romance leaving you saying "oh, that's cute." This is the clean romance that leaves you sighing and falling in love just as hard and fast as Essie and Melantha. The plotline is nothing to sneeze at either. Great world-building, enough tension that the precariousness of the situation is felt, and excellent (and unexpected) resolutions to the difficulties. I can't wait for book 5, but I know I'll be rereading this series many times over. Rated PG-13 for some violence --some violence --mild gore --intense situations --clean romance without bedroom scenes --no language

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    Well! That was something! I'm glad I started feeling sympathetic towards Melantha in Death Wind, but I think I still would've loved her character in Troll Queen. This book deals with a lot of heavier topics that could either bog down the plot with their seriousness or not be dealt with seriously enough. Fortunately, each of these topics were handled gracefully and the arc of each character continued beautifully. The road for healing is difficult for Essie and Farrendel, but hope is in sight. Growth Well! That was something! I'm glad I started feeling sympathetic towards Melantha in Death Wind, but I think I still would've loved her character in Troll Queen. This book deals with a lot of heavier topics that could either bog down the plot with their seriousness or not be dealt with seriously enough. Fortunately, each of these topics were handled gracefully and the arc of each character continued beautifully. The road for healing is difficult for Essie and Farrendel, but hope is in sight. Growth and freedom are possible for Melantha as well as an opportunity to reconcile. SOMETHING is going on with Jalissa and Edmund, but I sure as heck don't know. Depth is given to Weylind and Rheva and us readers are blessed with many adorable and sweet as well as moving scenes I have to say that my favorite part about this book was the struggle that many characters had with finding balance. Honor without ruthlessness. Strength without cruelty. Forgiveness without naivete. And the ever-present message of love being a choice of the will. *chef's kiss* Splendid. These characters are so wonderful and while I sit on pins and needles to find out what happens with my favorite pair, I just might read through these books again. Minor beef: as the cast grows larger, more POV characters are added. It gets a little jarring to hope from one setting and perspective to another, but not enough to affect my rating.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Orangetails

    Worry not, readers, this book delivers on every front! I would have thought that the plot would stop since the war is basically over, but au contraire, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. I did appreciate, however, that the plot focuses more in Kostaria than Tarenhiel/Escarland, which makes the most sense. There's definitely plenty of action and suspense here, narrowing more at the end. The romance is, of course, fantastic. Farrendel and Essie have some amazing fluff moments that grow their r Worry not, readers, this book delivers on every front! I would have thought that the plot would stop since the war is basically over, but au contraire, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. I did appreciate, however, that the plot focuses more in Kostaria than Tarenhiel/Escarland, which makes the most sense. There's definitely plenty of action and suspense here, narrowing more at the end. The romance is, of course, fantastic. Farrendel and Essie have some amazing fluff moments that grow their relationship, and Rhareth and Melantha have some good moments, too. I do wish that I got to see more development with Rhareth and Melantha, though, as their relationship felt rushed. And on that note... While I think the character development was good in this book, I wanted to see more. There was so much time that was skipped while trying to cover both Melantha and Farrendel's stories that we don't get to see more struggle. The redemption arc for Melantha was a bit heavy-handed, and I wanted to see her grapple with her personality and her new role even more on a sort of every day basis. Plus, Farrendel's story was wonderful, but again, I wanted to see him and Essie butt heads a little bit more because trauma is HARD, and the strain it causes on a marriage is hard. However, I still think it was handled with grace; I'm just nit-picky. Overall, wonderful sequel, and cannot wait for the next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra G.

    4.5 stars I must say, these covers don't do any justice to the series. They kinda get worse with each book while the story gets better and better. I was afraid that this book was going to be only about Melantha. I like redemptions stories but I wasn't that interested about hers. Fortunately the chapters alternated between Melantha/Rharreth and Essie/Farrendel. At some point I was actually interested to see what will happen to both couples so that's a real plus for the series and the author, to pr 4.5 stars I must say, these covers don't do any justice to the series. They kinda get worse with each book while the story gets better and better. I was afraid that this book was going to be only about Melantha. I like redemptions stories but I wasn't that interested about hers. Fortunately the chapters alternated between Melantha/Rharreth and Essie/Farrendel. At some point I was actually interested to see what will happen to both couples so that's a real plus for the series and the author, to present the characters so well even when I don't like them Farrendel is the kind of character that you just want to put in a protective bubble so he can be safe and happy and no one can hurt him. Him and Essie are so adorable and precious. The character development and story progression was so well done and this series is so underrated. I'm honestly surprised by how much I like this series because it's so tame and sweet. It does an excellent job of presenting the struggle of anxiety and PTSD. But there's no cursing and it's clean . But this story is so interesting that I feel compelled to finish and then want more. The next book promises even more adventures and some scandal. I'm curious about Jalissa and Edmund and I can't wait for more Farrendel and Essie. 9/10 would recommend

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I have really enjoyed this series. Essie and Farrendel stole my heart in book 1. Book 2 was fun until the end when it gets intense. Book 3 was necessary but not what I would call a fun read. It was action and nail biting worry. I was worried going into this book what would happen to all the characters I have come to love. Luckily, it was a very satisfying read. I enjoyed reading about Farrendel healing. It was tough at first but just like anyone coming back from what he has it took time and the r I have really enjoyed this series. Essie and Farrendel stole my heart in book 1. Book 2 was fun until the end when it gets intense. Book 3 was necessary but not what I would call a fun read. It was action and nail biting worry. I was worried going into this book what would happen to all the characters I have come to love. Luckily, it was a very satisfying read. I enjoyed reading about Farrendel healing. It was tough at first but just like anyone coming back from what he has it took time and the right kind of interventions. I appreciated the attitude and care with which this was handled. I also enjoyed his and Essie's marriage finally getting to a more stable place. Even though I did not like Melantha through most of the books until maybe the end of the last (though I still hadn't forgiven her), I actually enjoyed her and Rharreth's viewpoints. Watching them grow was very satisfying. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Fingers crossed for Essie/Farrendel babies because I'd love to know what those would be like. Talkative, no fear, chipper and always into everything is where I'd bet.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely love the Elven Alliance series and waited patiently for Troll Queen’s release. Troll Queen was a stunning addition to this series. I love Farrendel’s healing process from the trams of being kidnapped and captured—and how that trauma was starting to effect his relationship with Essie. Grayce wrote the process beautifully. I also really appreciated Melantha’s growth throughout Troll Queen and Death Wind. Her actions at the end of War Bound were so....completely and utterly shattering I absolutely love the Elven Alliance series and waited patiently for Troll Queen’s release. Troll Queen was a stunning addition to this series. I love Farrendel’s healing process from the trams of being kidnapped and captured—and how that trauma was starting to effect his relationship with Essie. Grayce wrote the process beautifully. I also really appreciated Melantha’s growth throughout Troll Queen and Death Wind. Her actions at the end of War Bound were so....completely and utterly shattering that I wasn’t quite sure how she could overcome them and become decent. Troll Queen did that quite well. She never tries to justify her actions and even struggles with forgiveness, but she uses it as an opportunity to attempt to become a better person. I cannot wait for the next book. I felt that Edmund and Jalissa might have been developing feelings for each other and I am dying to find out! Especially because it seemed that the majority of the royal elf family had already struggled with royal duties and overall happiness. From Jalissa’s behavior throughout Troll Queen, I think she’s just approaching that dilemma based on the “bad advice” that Melantha gave her.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lemon

    As Prince Zuko would say, "FOR HONORRRR!" Aaand with that out of the way, I can happily say this was another fun installment of the series. Ahhh, it was beautiful to see all the development and healing these characters went through. The family dynamics in this one were so fluffy and heartwarming, and the continuation of this steampunk world (in the three presented kingdoms) was rather interesting. I think it leaves the reader satisfied with the future of everyone, considering all the angst they w As Prince Zuko would say, "FOR HONORRRR!" Aaand with that out of the way, I can happily say this was another fun installment of the series. Ahhh, it was beautiful to see all the development and healing these characters went through. The family dynamics in this one were so fluffy and heartwarming, and the continuation of this steampunk world (in the three presented kingdoms) was rather interesting. I think it leaves the reader satisfied with the future of everyone, considering all the angst they went through. My only complaint is that the storyline in the Troll Kingdom felt a little fuzzy (vague, I know). But I was left satisfied and nothing really felt forced, for sure - some parts a bit quick but the overall redemption aspect was (undoubtedly) well-written. Now I can't wait for the last book! I've loved seeing all these characters grow and can't wait for more! Content: some violence and light romance (they are married but everything was kept pg, nothing beyond kissing).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Another solid hit from Tara Grayce! I love how Tara Grayce is not unafraid to tackle the difficult issues like betrayal, forgiveness, loneliness, anger, and trauma. She deals with each issue sensitively, giving appropriate weight to them instead of glossing over them like so many authors do. At the same time, the book isn't constantly dark and despairing (unlike the typical books that do give appropriate weight to these heavy issues). There's always sparks of laughter and joy, whether it's elven Another solid hit from Tara Grayce! I love how Tara Grayce is not unafraid to tackle the difficult issues like betrayal, forgiveness, loneliness, anger, and trauma. She deals with each issue sensitively, giving appropriate weight to them instead of glossing over them like so many authors do. At the same time, the book isn't constantly dark and despairing (unlike the typical books that do give appropriate weight to these heavy issues). There's always sparks of laughter and joy, whether it's elven shampoo or snowball fights or silly mugs. The story is great and finally does tie up really well (unlike the first 3 books, which have cliffhangers 😞). I really dislike the book covers. Sorry. I know lots of work went into them, but I've never been a fan of character covers and these ones are particularly dissonant against what my imagination conjures. But the book itself is really good. Read it! Read all 4!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    While none of the books in this series are very deep and serious issues are glossed over with happy endings and quick fixes, it is still a cute series and filled with fun and interesting characters. It is definitely geared towards YA audience but enjoyable non the less. This is another easy read and gives a glimpse from both Essie and Farrendel as well as Melantha and Rharreth's relationship and and journey towards healing. I wish it explored a little more of Farrendel's relationship with his br While none of the books in this series are very deep and serious issues are glossed over with happy endings and quick fixes, it is still a cute series and filled with fun and interesting characters. It is definitely geared towards YA audience but enjoyable non the less. This is another easy read and gives a glimpse from both Essie and Farrendel as well as Melantha and Rharreth's relationship and and journey towards healing. I wish it explored a little more of Farrendel's relationship with his brother. I liked the glimpses we did get. Sometimes it's nice not to have to think too deep about what you're reading. Happy outcomes, close, happy families and quickly resolved issues are welcome in our crazy world. Rharreth is definitely my favorite character thus far. I will definitely be reading the next book. Content: Sexual: kissing Violence: war related, non-graphic Language: none

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Hoar

    Still not a Malantha fan I loved this book. It started where the Last book ended. Essie and Ferendhel are my favorite characters in this series. I love watching the growth they have together. Ferendhel is broken with the biggest battle ahead of him. Essie is steadfast at his side. PTSD is no joking matter and this book deals with the severity of the effects of the aftermath of trauma so well. It is a long journey but easier with a supportive families by your side. I had a hard time with the Malan Still not a Malantha fan I loved this book. It started where the Last book ended. Essie and Ferendhel are my favorite characters in this series. I love watching the growth they have together. Ferendhel is broken with the biggest battle ahead of him. Essie is steadfast at his side. PTSD is no joking matter and this book deals with the severity of the effects of the aftermath of trauma so well. It is a long journey but easier with a supportive families by your side. I had a hard time with the Malantha chapters. I'm not ready to forgive and forget. I still hope she rots in a bad place. But not all is well in Kastaria. The trolls sense of honor is warped. The introduction of an elf into the royal family does not go over well. A coup takes place e and the fragile peace between nations is at risk. I'm hoping the next book find Essie with child. I need to see Ferendhel at peace and happy. they deserve it!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber Gabriel

    Favorite of the series so far! I binge-read this series over spring break, and it is a long time since I have done that! Being set in the beginning of the industrial age gave an unusual flavor to the fantasy setting, with magic and elves juxtaposed with steam engines and repeater guns. The author took every opportunity to place the characters in interesting and humorous situations while maintaining a level of suspense and anticipation for what would happen next. The vivid action scenes exploded o Favorite of the series so far! I binge-read this series over spring break, and it is a long time since I have done that! Being set in the beginning of the industrial age gave an unusual flavor to the fantasy setting, with magic and elves juxtaposed with steam engines and repeater guns. The author took every opportunity to place the characters in interesting and humorous situations while maintaining a level of suspense and anticipation for what would happen next. The vivid action scenes exploded off the page, while the lighter moments made me chuckle to myself. Melantha and Rharreth are probably my favorite characters. Their internal struggles were less about magic and more about honor and courage. The various themes and storylines meshed together into an intensely satisfying ending. Highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Myla Aguilar

    Great Read I love the main characters Essie and Farrendale, was not too thrilled with Melantha and her new husband who is all for honor yet was not very honorable with what his brother did to Farrendale, that is why I am glad Essie and Farrendale were included throughout because it is their story that made the first 3 books awesome! My only other peeve is if they are married their relationship should be more. Does not have to be sexual but at least let us know they are actually truly together. De Great Read I love the main characters Essie and Farrendale, was not too thrilled with Melantha and her new husband who is all for honor yet was not very honorable with what his brother did to Farrendale, that is why I am glad Essie and Farrendale were included throughout because it is their story that made the first 3 books awesome! My only other peeve is if they are married their relationship should be more. Does not have to be sexual but at least let us know they are actually truly together. Definitely a good read, well made characters, great world building, more suspense, action and romance. Also love how the author shows true trauma concerning PTSD. My eldest son suffers from this so was impressed with how she fit this in the story. I cannot wait to read the next book and love how all the family is included throughout.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kiaralight

    Loved it! It made me cry and laugh, I was aweing and mushing all the way through it. Stayed up all night to binge read it and it was worth it. Essie and Farrendel are my favorite couple they are so cute together. They especially Farrendel, gone through so much growth in this book it is heart warming and full of hope. Melantha and Rharreth I took a little longer to warm up to. At the beginning I wanted to get through their chapters to get back to Essie and Farrendel. But Eventually they become endea Loved it! It made me cry and laugh, I was aweing and mushing all the way through it. Stayed up all night to binge read it and it was worth it. Essie and Farrendel are my favorite couple they are so cute together. They especially Farrendel, gone through so much growth in this book it is heart warming and full of hope. Melantha and Rharreth I took a little longer to warm up to. At the beginning I wanted to get through their chapters to get back to Essie and Farrendel. But Eventually they become endearing their own way as well. Can't wait for book 5 I am really curious about Edmund and Jalissa both as characters and a couple. Can't deny i was curious what exactly happened with them in the events of book 4 and wish they were in it just a little more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoyed this book and I’m quite anxious for more on Essie and Farrendel and why can’t they start to have a family. Even if they have a family why can’t the author still make a story of an adventure and love. I really turned around about Melantha the author had me turn around my point of view on her and was so happy that her King loved her and supported her. More on them would be good. Let’s not forget the other sister oh I can hardly wait for the next book. Please Tara don’t stop tellin I really enjoyed this book and I’m quite anxious for more on Essie and Farrendel and why can’t they start to have a family. Even if they have a family why can’t the author still make a story of an adventure and love. I really turned around about Melantha the author had me turn around my point of view on her and was so happy that her King loved her and supported her. More on them would be good. Let’s not forget the other sister oh I can hardly wait for the next book. Please Tara don’t stop telling stores on these great characters because they find love, surely they can still be together have a family and still have adventures, that’s what make believe is all about, you let us get away for a bit. Ha thank you!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Klissia

    So I adored Rarreth & Melantha even if their story was a litlle rushed and developed to give pov chapters to Ferrendel and Essie. They deserved all the story focused on them, adaptation to new home and culture with other trolls , worldbuilding of Kostaria. After all this rant I understand the importance plotline of Ferrendel healing his scars and traumas of war. Melantha has a good arch redemption too, everything is all right in Peace, love ... Ferrendel & Essie are cute but Rarreth& Melantha con So I adored Rarreth & Melantha even if their story was a litlle rushed and developed to give pov chapters to Ferrendel and Essie. They deserved all the story focused on them, adaptation to new home and culture with other trolls , worldbuilding of Kostaria. After all this rant I understand the importance plotline of Ferrendel healing his scars and traumas of war. Melantha has a good arch redemption too, everything is all right in Peace, love ... Ferrendel & Essie are cute but Rarreth& Melantha conquered my heart ,they are so passional, lovable to each other, with touches, words and kisses ,omg ! my favorite couple now in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Nielson

    Great addition to the series! This was just a good book. It had conflict without making you completely anxious, addressed mental health and PTSD well, had no cliffhanger for an ending, and Melantha’s story was surprisingly captivating. After holding her in complete distaste I loved her redemption arc, because she grew as a person and was forgiven without escaping the consequences of her actions. Rharreth was another surprisingly great addition. I didn’t feel like his perspective detracted from th Great addition to the series! This was just a good book. It had conflict without making you completely anxious, addressed mental health and PTSD well, had no cliffhanger for an ending, and Melantha’s story was surprisingly captivating. After holding her in complete distaste I loved her redemption arc, because she grew as a person and was forgiven without escaping the consequences of her actions. Rharreth was another surprisingly great addition. I didn’t feel like his perspective detracted from the other three. 10/10 will read again, especially for Essie and Farrendell’s parts!

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