Feb 21, 2017
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Format: eBookPublication Date: February 21, 2017
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
There were many things I enjoyed about this book, but mostly that Freya was a strong, independent, female lead. From the moment this story started she was determined not to follow the path that she was supposed to. She knew what she wanted to do with her life, and it wasn’t hanging around the court and becoming a mindless gossip. She never intended to become queen, and in fact at 23rd in line to the throne, she never even thought that would be a possibility. This book mostly reads as a kind of murder mystery, who-dunnit thriller. It was damn good.
The side characters are fantastic, and the romance in this story is secondary to the rest of what is going on. If Freya can’t figure out who killed the entire court her life is in danger, and so that becomes the primary focus. Still the side characters were multi-dimensional, and even Torsten Wolff, who is supposed to be the villain, didn’t really read like one. Also, there is a huge focus on science in this book, and so it didn’t really feel like the typical fantasy book. It also didn’t feel like science fiction which seems the logical opposite, but really this is a mystery/thriller at heart and despite the setting it was executed perfectly.
Unlike those that came before her Freya was aware that she was responsible for all the people in her kingdom, and almost from the moment she takes the throne, the only things she cares about is making sure she stays alive and making sure that her people are taken care of. She doesn’t want to let the kingdom flounder the way it had been for generations under the previous rulers. Freya is genuinely awesome because she has an awesome heart, but she’s also incredibly flawed. She’s not perfect, and that’s the best part of this book. Also, good luck figuring out the mystery because I was genuinely surprised. A full 5 out of 5 stars, because I can’t find anything wrong with this book.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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