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Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, espec
Published December 15th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I actually enjoyed the first book more than this conclusion. And I have to point out the covers of these books are beautiful!

Dagan is my favorite character, he’s just a sugar plum! I got mad sometimes at how Kammani treated him. I still enjoyed Kammani, but she seemed a bit different.

There is still some blood and gore, nothing major in my opinion as I read some Grimdark, but it’s there. Naturally, some people die as well.

I was happy with the ending and I loved the story of the boatman, that b
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
I'm sorry, y'all, but this might sting a bit. Brace yourselves.

Unfortunately, Warmaidens was a pretty big disappointment for me.

I enjoyed Gravemaidens quite a bit when I read it last year. In fact, I felt it was underrated in the YA Fantasy genre.

The world of Alu was so captivating. The whole concept of the Grave Maidens, the competition that led to their selection and the fact that even though it was essentially a death sentence for the young women chosen, the position was still revered within
Kelly Coon
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I'm rating my own book as five stars, and I am not ashamed. =) We've been working so hard to make this a spectacular finale to the duology. I can't wait to get it into your hands!

Renaissance Kate
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the conclusion to this duology as much as the first book. This confirms my thoughts that Gravemaidens would have made a strong standalone novel, as the high stakes and intrigue that made it such a page-turner were unfortunately absent in Warmaidens. Instead, the events of this book seemed disjointed as Kammani and her allies jumped from one part of their haphazard plan to the next in an attempt to dethrone the usurper king and replace him with the rightful heir. Th ...more
**Please Note: This is the second book in a series that should be read in order. This review may contain spoilers for book one. 

Warmaidens is the second book in the young adult Gravemaidens duology by author Kelly Coon. I loved the first book, Gravemaidens, so I was super excited to dive into the final book in the duology. I have really been digging duologies this year, and the Gravemaidens Duology is one to add to my list of favorites. I loved the story told in Warmaidens and I loved how everyt
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Initial thoughts: I really loved this!! The last 3 chapters and how everything came together had me crying. Also, the battle scenes are so good!!

I loved this book so much!

Things that I loved: the world, Kammani and Natasha grew as individuals and sisters, female empowerment, the use of medicines, the boatman and the ending was amazing!

I can't say anything about that, but chapters 26 through 30 had me dying with anticipation and crying.

Dagan and Kammani's relationship is also perfect. They gre
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I LOVE this cover!!! Can't wait to read Warmaidens!

11/11/20: RTC for blog tour.
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***

Warmaidens was interesting dark fantasy that revolved around Kammani and her friends working together in saving their own life and lives of Alu citizen. It was about good vs evil, consequences of oppressive usurper and war, following gut feeling, inequality, patriarchy, traditions and practice that oppress women, courage, kindness, family, and fr
Last Book Marauder
Definitely one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen! I would very much like to have this now. please.


Edit 1/10/20 : It has a title. IT HAS A TITLE! I am so ready for more Dagan. 😍😍

10/30/19 : I can have this now, yes????
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
 Thank you to Random House Children's and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

Last year I read Gravemaidens, and while I felt somewhat mixed about parts of it, for the most part I liked it. I feel more mixed about the conclusion to this story.

Where Gravemaidens had a very tight plot, Warmaidens kind of flopped around. The goal was to kill Uruk but on the way we went from left to right, from up to down and more sideways. I was
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


Gravemaidens  was an incredibly dark book (the premise is, after all, young women being sacrificed to death so the king doesn't have to die alone), but Warmaidens upped the ante.

Obviously the title indicates that there is going to be a war at play, and wars are generally not peaceful events. But this battle is brutal. Kammani and her friends and family just wanted to build a peace
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book made me want to tear my hair out lol. It seemed so opposite of the first book, with nothing going to plan and everything is terrible all the time. I thought after what Kammani went through, she wouldn't be so naive. She kept making these plans to take down Uruku and save her people, but they weren't well thought out and seemed inevitable they would fail. Kammani is also terrified almost the entire book, to the point that she ignores her instincts and won't listen to what others are tel ...more
April B.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Kelly Coon for the opportunity to read the eARC of Warmaidens!!

I was anxiously awaiting the sequel to Gravemaidens and I was thrilled when I was approved to read this book! Warmaidens had me completely enraptured from the first page to the thrilling ending. This sequel picks up a short time after Kammani, Dagan and the others flee Alu to start a new life elsewhere, during a joyous occasion Arwia is attacked and it becomes clear they are not as safe as they thought. A diff
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Warmaidens is the action-packed conclusion to the heart wrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Just a few moons after Kammani, her sister Nanaea, Simti, Arwia, the displaced Queen of Alu, Nasu, and brother Kasha escaped the tomb in Alu, they have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. But, while Simti is prepa
I'm so excited to read Warmaidens! ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Warmaidens was so much fun to dive into! Luckily for me, I didn't forget much from Gravemaidens and it was pretty easy to get back into this world. It's mostly because of the characters. They are just so freaking lovable and my feelings for Dagan and Kammani grew so much while reading this book.

They are my ship and everything. All I wanted was for them to be protected at all costs and to eventually become a thing towards th
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

One of my favorite elements of Warmaidens was the way Coon discusses the tradition of marriage, and specifically how the system disadvantages women. Without rights or, in some cases, choice, Kammani frequently discusses the ways marriage, even with love, can be restricting. While the world is on the brink of war, and her loved ones are in constant peril, Kammani still turns over her
Taylor Fenner
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Loved even more than book 1! Full RtC closer to release!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There Will Be Spoilers For Gravemaidens But Not Warmaidens- GOT IT? Ok.

Full review at
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
1. Gravemaidens ★★★★★
1/10/2020: We have a title! It is so perfect! And look at the reveal video, it's stunning. October, please come soon!

12/22/2019: Anxiously waiting for January as that is when Kelly will be announcing the publication date and title!
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Bradley (AudioShelf)
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ya’ll! I waited an entire year to read this and I STILL wasn’t ready for it’s brilliance!

Kelly Coon wraps her duology up in the most perfect, fantastic, logical, and satisfying way. Gravemaidens and Warmaidens need to be on your shelves right now if you don’t have them yet.

Warmaidens picks up where Gravemaidens left off. Kammani and her crew are believed to be dead in the tomb, but what their enemies don’t know is that they are very much alive and they are plotting to get the rightful leader ba
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Thank you, Random House Children's and Delacorte press for the chance to read this book.

Few moons passed after Kammani and the other runaway maidens escaped their entombment in Alu, seeking and finding refuge in Manzazu. There Simti found her love, Iltani, Kasha, Dagan, Kammani created a new and peaceful life. Kammani became a respected healer, above all among the elite group of warriors who protected the queen, the Koru, after
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
*Spoiler free, but spoilers for Gravemaidens, 3.5 stars*

When I read Gravemaidens, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a few issues here and there, but I still came out of the experience happy with what I read. I was really curious how the sequel would conclude this duology and how it would expand upon this world, outside of Alu. And there were even assassination attempts and tons of scorpions promised in this one, which even heightened my longing for it! Trigger warnings: mentions of attempted rape,
Jessica Williamson

I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Though to be fair, I read this after it came out because I'm a horrible human, and I've already purchased my own copy.

Y'all, I was not expecting this! It's not often that I enjoy the second book in a duology more than the first, but man, this one just hit me.

I won't go too far into details because it is a sequel but there are a couple of key points that I'd like to touch on.

First is the chara
Meaghan - H&WR
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Kammani is a healer, not a warrior, but when danger comes to her door, she may have to learn to become both.

Last year, Gravemaidens put Kammani in the perilous position of healer to the lugal, ruler of Alu. When she failed to heal him from poisoning, it condemned her and her sister to death, entombed with the lugal as an “honor.” Except she escaped her death sentence, freeing the sacred maid
The Reading Raccoon
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Warmaidens is book two in the YA fantasy Gravemaidens duology.

Warmaidens takes place nine months after the group flees their home city for refuge in Manzuzu. Kammani has a busy healing business and has even received recognition from their queen. But, there is trouble back home and the new ruler Uruku is making life miserable for the poor and war is brewing. If the Princess in hiding Arwia can come back and reclaim her throne the people of Alu will be safe but first Uruku will have to be elimina
Chelsea Ballard
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Warmaidens is an excellent sequel. It upped all the things I liked in Gravemaidens: the action, the romance, and the magic.

Without getting all spoilery, we get some new kick butt characters (did someone say women warrior tribe?!) while seeing the characters from the first novel come into their own in good and sometimes bad ways. We also get some more chemistry between our favorite healer and her favorite farmer. ;)

The plot was a bit twisty and I felt really bad that every plan seemed to blow up
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to dive back into this world by Kelly Coon. I absolutely love the main character as a healer. It was refreshing to see things through her eyes of avoiding destruction. There is just hint of romance and I love the independence that is balanced in the story line. Things in this story are perfect. They go wrong and watching the characters to come together and solve the problems was exciting. It has a found family feel and sacrifice as they journey back home. I would definitely reco ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Though I find it a beautiful storyline, I felt it was a never ending tragic happening.

For me personally, the story could have gone faster. The same as with Gravemaidens, I had a hard time remembering what name presented who. Especially in the end of the book.

The love between Kammani and Dagan though is pure and I’m here for it.

I think storyline missed something that I can’t really put my finger on, but still I recommend you reading this duology.
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Highly anticipating this oneeeeeeeeeeee.... How long do I have to wait again???
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YA author Kelly Coon (GRAVEMAIDENS, Oct. 29 2019 Delacorte Press, WARMAIDENS, Dec. 15, 2020) is an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, ACT test prep book author, and a wicked karaoke singer in training. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and lives near Tampa with h


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