eARC Review – Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3)

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication date: April 27th, 2021

576 pages

4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis


Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.

His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war.


Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.

Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves.


After loving Dark Shores and Dark Skies, I knew I needed to read Gilded Serpent ASAP. And I was NOT disappointed!

Gilded Serpent contains POV’s from all four of our main characters: Teriana, Marcus, Lydia, and Killian. It was so lovely to have all my babies on the pages together (even if they weren’t physically together in the story, ya know). Gilded Serpent ramps up the action and continues the story lines posed in the first two books, with many twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

I absolutely love the world that Danielle L. Jensen has created, and no matter how much I read I will always want more. I came to love the characters even more over the course of this book, and I honestly wasn’t even sure that was possible. I adore having access to all the POV’s so you know all the character’s secrets, even when the others don’t know the secrets and you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well let me tell you, shoes dropped in this book!! But even more secrets were kept so I am stoked to keep reading in the series.

Gilded Serpent truly set up the series for an epic finale in the last book and I immediately wanted that book after reading the ending. I have high hopes and I highly recommend this series. The action, magic, and suspense is unparalleled and if you’re a fantasy fan please read this series.

Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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