Review: Gilded Serpent

Gilded Serpent

Danielle Jensen

Release Date: April 27, 2021


One word review: YES

Slightly longer review:

Danielle has delivered another masterpiece in the third Dark Shores/Dark Skies series.

Apparently my brain can’t keep up with more than 2 POV switches 🙃 This one was harder for me to keep straight who’s POV I was reading. It didn’t take away from the story at all, in fact I think it wouldn’t have worked as well without all the POVs, it just meant I had to be more conscientious about who’s chapter it was.

About halfway through, I decided to read all of Marcus and Teriana’s chapters, and then go back and read Killian and Lydia’s chapters after. This did help a lot, so maybe they could have been separate books? Either way, great story, great characters once again!

I found myself much more interested in Marcus and Teriana’s story of their fight to get back to the West, than I did with Lydia and Killian’s fight against the blight. However, the stories played off each other well to develop the world even more.


This world has such wonderfully written and natural diversity, and I appreciate Danielle all the more for it. There are physical disabilities, BIPOC characters, and LGBTQ+ characters, but none of them feel forced or thrown in as a token character. They fit the world and they fit the stories, which is how ALL books should be written in my opinion. People are diverse and stories should reflect that.

I’m so excited for the next installment! I need it now... Right now please.

Make sure you read Tarnished Empire BEFORE you read this one. Trust me, it makes this one a lot more enjoyable! Check out my quick review of Tarnished Empire here.

Gilded Serpent comes out in April so make sure you preorder this one! You don’t want to miss it!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review!

Thanks for reading!

- Captain Jess


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