I received this for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 5th 2016
The elders chose Elli to be queen, but they chose wrong in this beautifully crafted novel in the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard.
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
This is one of those books that I saw while browsing Edelweiss. I hadn’t heard anything about it, but the title grabbed my attention. Once I clicked on it and read the description I knew it was something I was interested in. I decided to give it a try! I’m glad I did. I ended up interested in the story and can’t wait to see what will happen next.
The Imposter Queen intrigued me right away. I really wanted to know more about the world and how it worked. I was a bit confused at first… it took me awhile to figure out the terms. But once I did everything clicked!
At the beginning of the book we spend a lot of time in Ellie’s head. She’s been raised to believe certain things and trust the Elders absolutely. As a reader, I got a sketchy vibe from the Elders and wanted to know more about them. I wanted to see and know things outside of Ellie’s small world. Once Ellie flees things really start to pick up. That’s when I really got in to the book. We see so much more about the world and meet some fantastic characters.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I’m glad I kept reading, even through a slow/confusing start (for me!) If you’re a fantasy fan The Imposter Queen is one to check out 🙂