The Shadow King is the sequel to The Crimson Queen, and picks up right where the last book left off. So it is highly recommended that you read The Crimson Queen first! SPOILERS BELOW if you haven't finished The Crimson Queen __________________________________________________________________ The young Talent Keilan is again in the hands of the paladin Senacus, who hopes to find his own salvation by returning him to Menekar and through the power of Ama fashioning him into a mighty weapon against sorcerers . . . . His old companions Nel and Vhelan follow close behind the fleeing Pure, desperate to rescue Keilan before he vanishes into the Gilded Cities . . . . The Chosen are loose again in the world, threatening another Raveling like destroyed the ancient homeland of the Shan . . . . While in the Empire of Swords and Flowers a young woman is called upon to avenge her father's death and return honor to her family . . . .