Misrule by Heather Walter (Malice Duology #2)
The Dark Grace is dead.
Feared and despised for the sinister power in her veins, Alyce wreaks her revenge on the kingdom that made her an outcast. Once a realm of decadence and beauty, Briar is now wholly Alyce’s wicked domain. And no one will escape the consequences of her wrath. Not even the one person who holds her heart.
Princess Aurora saw through Alyce’s thorny facade, earning a love that promised the dawn of a new age. But it is a love that came with a heavy price: Aurora now sleeps under a curse that even Alyce’s vast power cannot seem to break. And the dream of the world they would have built together is nothing but ash.
Alyce vows to do anything to wake the woman she loves, even if it means turning into the monster Briar believes her to be. But could Aurora love the villain Alyce has become?
Or is true love only for fairy tales?
AUTHOR: Heather Walter with Ann Marie Gideon (Narrator)
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
LENGTH: 480 pages (12 hours 40 minutes)
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance
Queer Rep Summary: Lesbian/Sapphic Main Character(s).
DNF 5 hours 22 minutes in (40%).
The first one wasn't really my thing, and I think I don't like "will they get back together" plots where their original romance was brief and one person truly became awful in the meantime. I didn't finish THE HOLLOW HEART by Marie Rutkoski (book two of the Forgotten Gods duology) for basically the exact same reason.
Graphic/Explicit CW for self harm, death.
Moderate CW for grief, emotional abuse, physical abuse, kidnapping, confinement, alcohol, fire/fire injury, vomit, gore, blood, violence, torture, war, slavery.
Minor CW for pregnancy, child death, parental death.