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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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???? ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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...more