Book three of the Princess Vigilante series sees Brynna finally deal with one of the side-villains… but still leaves a lot to deal with to wrap the series in book four.
In book two, Brynna went on a journey across the continent to find allies to her cause – and while she managed some success, each came with a major challenge and a heavy cost. Now, with the promise of assistance, she needs to make a plan to reclaim her kingdom. But, being far away from it, she knows little about what’s going on.
Fortunately for the readers, we have some idea – there’s an additional point of view from Katarine’s side.
Brynna’s part of the plot deals a lot with the aftermath of the first book and getting up to speed with what’s happening in the city. It involves searching for allies as well as old enemies to get rid of because some managed to stay in the town and keep causing trouble. However, with Ilara’s tight grip, moving around the town isn’t easy and good inside information is ever harder to find out.
Katarine, on the other hand, is right in the thick of it, still serving as an advisor to Ilara – but her ability to divulge information is dropping as Ilara isn’t too trusting of her. It’s clear that the usurper queen has some larger plan that she keeps a tight secret. More of the Forcadelians who remained ended up in prison (or worse) and fewer people are known (and willing to help) to either Katarine or Brynna.
As Brynna tries to organize a bunch of loyal soldiers along with a bunch of rebels, she also learns that she can’t do everything herself and that she may need to actually take advice from others – something that’s hard to accept for someone who tended to work alone.
Without spoilers, I can hint that there are some touching reunions, as well as the fact that one of the supporting villains is finally dealt with, though it comes at a heavy cost. At the end, Brynna is forced to change her plans yet again in a daring gambit – but that’s something for the last book.
To wrap this up – as with the first book, it’s an enjoyable fast-paced book with a good mix of humor, yet it pays a lot of attention to how the characters act and how they react to their own risks (and the cost of their actions). That, and another sprinkle of romance, as well as a hint of even bigger challenge for Brynna and her friends for the final book.