STORY: The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.
REVIEW: I’ve never read a YA story before and thought to sample one with this story and author I’ve never read as well.
What I found in it was intriguing, at times entertaining and part of the time slow moving, but all in all, not bad.
I enjoyed the young heroine’s character a lot and most of the characters in the tale, but I also liked the prose as well as the mythical Kingdom, but if you’re looking for complex within the pages of this book, you’ll not find it. But then again, sometimes less complexity within the pages is good. Once in a while, lighthearted stories can give you just as much satisfaction as the complex, heavy stories.
In the end, I do recommended for its mystery and many interesting and entertaining characters.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher