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ARC Review: Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Gilded Serpent goes on sale April 27, 2021.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Dark Shores #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes


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.


My Review: Gilded Serpent was devastatingly good! Jensen has wowed me once again with her intense and complex storytelling skills that made me feel all the feels and then some.

This book will not go as you think it will. Prepare to be amazed!

Gilded Serpent brings together all four main characters from the previous books, Marcus and Teriana (Dark Shores) and Lydia and Killian (Dark Skies). I really feel for these characters and just want them to be together and happy but their stories are fraught with complications of politics, deviousness, and intrigue. Really, these four deserve a long vacation after all that they’ve been through.

The plot felt more focused on the battles fought from within than out, which I loved for this portion of the series. It allowed for Marcus, Teriana, Lydia, and Killian to grow exponentially throughout several key internal and external conflicts. They have so much stacked against them and so much to lose. Along with the threat of devastating consequences, it often seemed like there was no way anyone would “win.”

In Gilded Serpent, trust becomes a muddled 5-letter word. It brings to light the many complicated relationships between several characters. You can feel the pain and heartache our four MCs feel with every difficult and sometimes conflicting decision that they make. Lots of risks taken result in some mind-blowing scenes of action, betrayals, and confessions. Just wow!

This story is unbelievably good. Tense, sad and depressing but incredibly captivating with wonderful moments of brevity sprinkled within. You could not have asked for a better book or outcome before the conclusion.

I have no idea how this series will ultimately end, but for certain it’s going to be epic chaos.

More by Danielle L. Jensen

Dark Shores
Tarnished Empire (#0.5)
Dark Shores (#1) (ARC review)
Dark Skies (#2) (ARC review)

The Malediction Trilogy
Stolen Songbird (#1)

5 replies on “ARC Review: Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen”

Agreed, it’s a really good series. . I definitely recommend reading Tarnished Empire before Gilded Serpent like the author has said.


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