Picking up where book one left off, Kelsea, as the new queen of Tearling, is on the verge of having her kingdom invaded by the Red Queen. However, changes are taking place in Kelsea, both physical and mental. There are flash backs to pre-crossing time and what Lily, a privileged wife of the time, is having to live through in the old world. Kelsea's closest friends and guards are concerned about what's happening to her, as well as what is happening in the rest of Tearling with the enemy at their border. Lily's circumstances are shades of Margaret Atwood.
It took me a bit to become use to the switching back and forth between Lily and Kelsea. It seemed a bit jarring, but then as events happen, they become more and more merged. And stronger in personality.
There was a bit of a struggle to get into the book and at first, wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. But as the story further unfolded, I am glad I stuck with it. Now to await the conclusion.