Conquest (Unicorn and Dragon, #2) by
Reading this sequel in the Unicorn and Dragon series (which, again, features no actual unicorns or dragons), I really understood why I was so caught up in these books when I was a teenager. This one is a cut above the first book in terms of writing and pacing, and since I couldn’t remember any of the plot from so many decades ago, I found myself truly curious about how everything was going to play out. The book culminates in a surprisingly frightening and agressive scene, and it ends on something of a cliffhanger, which is why I spent years on the lookout for a sequel to this sequel (there isn’t one). I enjoyed this more than the first book, and I’m glad I revisted this part of my adolescence.