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The Ever Cruel Kingdom

(The Never Tilting World #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  84 reviews
After a treacherous journey and a life-shattering meeting with a twin neither knew they had, Haidee and Odessa expected to emerge from the Great Abyss to a world set right. But though the planet is turning once again, the creatures of the abyss will not rest until they have tasted another goddess’s sacrifice.

To break the cycle, Haidee and Odessa need answers that lie beyon
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one touch me. I’m not okay.

Full review to follow.
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
Is there a support group after reading this? I think I need one. I fucking LOVED THIS. I'm curious if there's ever going to be a spin-off series, because I can see a lot of potential for one!
More of a 4.5 but I’m rounding up.

The Never Tilting World was a very unique kind of fantasy world that I read last year and really enjoyed, so I was very much looking forward to this sequel/finale. I was so glad to find the audiobook and I’m happy that this one turned out to be equally wonderful to listen to.

The first thing I noticed about this book was that it felt much more fast paced than its predecessor. Once I started, I really flew through it and the multiple narrators also made it a ver
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
☆ 3.5 / 5 ☆

The Never Tilting World: 4 / 5

Rating this book was a little difficult because I had some conflicting feelings. I still absolutely love all of the characters and their relationships, the growth and complexities explored in this book were truly wonderful, but I felt like the plot let me down a little.

We pick right back up at the Great Abyss where Odess, Lan, Haidee, and Arjun are still fighting to get out alive. The twins are reunited, the world starts spinning again, and yet, it seems
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-read
I'm glad I finished this duology but even though I rated the first book 4 stars, this series is more of a 3 stars for me. I still believe the best parts were the characters and romance. In this one, I was hoping that I would understand the world/plot better but I was still a little unclear of what was going on and why sometimes. However, I really liked the ending as it wasn't perfect for the characters but they did the best that they could.
Dec 25, 2020 added it

once again rin chupeco shows their prowess with world-building in this duology. i also appreciate the climate change commentary so much. im proud of how the characters here worked through their problems together plus i especially love odessa and heidi's sibling bond. i also enjoyed arjun and lan's interactions here!!! they're so whipped for the twins and it was so adorable watching them protect h
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
what do u MEAN i have to wait almost a whole year!!!!!!
"A half-life is better than no life at all."

"There is always another choice. Because if you weren’t given a choice that you could live with, then you had to decide on the choice they would never allow you to make.”

4 stars. Rin Chupeco does it again with The Ever Cruel Kingdom: Chupeco delivers a solid finale to a duology that is wholly unique and compelling all at once. Here's the thing: y'all are sleeping on this duology so hard. It's always a shock to me when I think about the fact that th
3 stars.

Ahhhh I actually feel so conflicted about this book :') I'm feeling so many emotions yet nothing (+ confusion) at the same time lolol

Okay firstly, I definitely enjoyed the characters + character development, as well as all the complex relationships in this book. All of the characters were all so well-developed and messy and HUMAN and you can't help but love them for it <3 I could really feel the unconditional love the characters have for each other 😭 I appreciated the nuance and consider
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice ending to the duology.

I really enjoyed the world development in these books. It has plenty of details but not overboard and what we learn about the universe unfolds in a realistic way. The history of twin goddesses reminded me a bit of Three Dark Crowns but it was different enough to be it's own thing. Haidee and Odessa connect immediately now that they've found each other and I liked their twin connection of communicating without speaking. They have come from different backgrounds but hav
[This full review can also be found on my BLOG]

**I was gifted a copy of this book for a blog tour with Pride Book Tours in exchange for an honest review**

CW: trauma, grief, death, self-harm, cannibalism

If you love your adventure quest stories, intricate magic systems, puzzling prophecies and sisterhood/found family themes then you should definitely check this series out!

The Ever Cruel Kingdom kicks off exactly where the events of The Never Tilting World left off with just as much adventure and h
Rajasree Jayaram
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm glad this is a duology because I don't have the stamina for longer series anymore. Excellent worldbuilding, diverse and three-dimensional characters, interesting mythology except for one fact (view spoiler). I was a little surprised to find that the story's unde ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
holy crap
G Daniels
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the The Never Tilting World duology by Rin Chupeco. This is not unusual since I am a big fan of Ms. Chupeco. Before I tell you about this duology, let us first review the rules:

Rule #1: No telling them they have an ugly baby. The writer put themselves into the story; they put a lot of work into it and truly believe in it and its merits. Who am I to tell them they created an ugly baby? So even if I am disappointed in it, I will not be cruel and a hater, but will be honest without being m
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TW: self-harm

Sister stories will never not be my thing. Picking up immediately after the ending of The Never Tilting World, The Ever Cruel Kingdom introduces us to a world of change. A moment when the world we know is transforming into something terrifying and new. It's up to Haidee and Odessa to fight for their future. Not only a world where they do not lose the ones they love, but one where their worlds will survive. The stakes have never been higher and The Ever Cruel Kingdom is practically n
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying follow up to Never Tilting World, but this time I found the 4 POVs were not unique enough for me to keep track of whose I was reading without referring back to the chapter title. It works fine in the first book because the characters are all in drastically different physical settings and it was easy to take cues from that, but now when they are all together it highlights the similarities in their voices even though by book 2 they should be more distinctive. But I do like watching th ...more
Veronica ( moon & coffee. )
A+ | Wow wow wow Rin Chupeco has done it again! I absolutely adored this book (and the duology). Had it not been for the fact that I have an exam coming up, I would have read this in a day because I could not put it down.

It’s that good.

Rin is an absolute master at worldbuilding, characters, mythology, and wrapping up a story. This ending was so satisfying. Everything about this just felt like a delicious and satisfying meal at one of my favorite restaurants.

I truly hope you guys will consider p
Sasha Zatz
FUCKING PHENOMENAL, that's all I can say. Just like with The Never Tilting World, Rin Chupeco builds an intricate and stunning story, with overwhelming love at its core and plot reveals that are not only surprising but also incredibly personal. They once again weave a story that is full of humour, action and excitement with a storyline that's incredibly unique, and a resolution so distinctly beautifully painful it's almost a trademark of theirs. absolutely in awe of everything this duopoly accom ...more
i wish i could've enjoyed this more :/ ...more
Amanda B
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I’m going to keep this review short because this is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil much. This book is the conclusion to The Never Tilting World, which follows a set of twins, except neither knows that the other exists. They found one another and tried to undo the Breaking that their mothers caused. The Ever Cruel Kingdom is the events after Haidee and Odessa thought they fixed the Breaking. The world has started turning again, so there are days and nights, rain, and other ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5

I adored this book! I struggled with Odessa's character and POV at certain points but in the end I loved her just as much as at the very beginning. I was VERY STRESSED through some parts of this book but goodness. It ended so well! It really had a good ending compared to some other fantasy duologies I have read. Honestly the duology together is definitely 5 stars for me. I seriously loved these books! 

TW full list on my StoryGraph
TW: death, grief, suicidal thoughts (sacrifice),
Genesee Rickel
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very good story! I think it would have made more sense as one book as there is no break at all between the end of book 1 and the beginning of book 2, but that long of a standalone fantasy novel might be a hard sell in YA publishing. The different narrators were a bit harder for me to track in audio as opposed to print. The last half of the book, especially the last third, was stronger than the beginning of book 2. I could see myself rereading this. I hope Chupeco writes more fantasy series! Su ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This duology is such a comfort read. While I don't think it's the most flushed out and intricate world, it's so entertaining and the characters are so loveable. Rin Chupeco writes the most superior romances, they seriously never miss. Overall so enjoyable, and I can't wait for anything Rin Chupeco writes in the future! ...more
Jonna Feliz
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOD. THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER. I would die for this duology. I am in love. I am happy. It literally has everything I could ever ask for.

For now, let me float in my own tears.

Full review to follow.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a few parts felt rushed to me and i feel like it would have helped to have had them longer but that might just be a personal opinion. overall though, this book was amazing and the ending was completely satisfactory, sad but perfect! loved the writing style too!!
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Yeah, these books exist in a weird space where I really enjoy everything about them except for the actual act of reading them (as a result of the four first person povs).
loved this book on so many levels for so many different reasons but confirmed side aro/ace character .... yes please 💜🖤
Anne (ReadEatGameRepeat)
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is so good - loved this just as much as the first one - cant wait to read more of chupecos writing
Dennis Li
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved all the use of elemental magicks in this book! I was also satisfied with the ending, though was expecting just a tiny bit more. All in all, a pretty solid duology!
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