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The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine eARC {4 Stars}

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine is a thrilling start to a new YA fantasy series staring a bisexual main character, magic of ice and fire, and a great focus on family relationships along with romance. This is a book you don’t want to miss because it is going to be one of the big fantasy releases of the year, just you watch!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Impostor Queen from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine eARC {4 Stars}

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine on Jan. 5th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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 magical 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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • It seems like YA fantasy is filled with heroines who have the strongest magic ever seen and rush off to save the day as they are destined. Therefore, I was of course instantly alert when I read the blurb and saw that Elli is supposed to be insanely magical, but… isn’t! Where did the power go? What is happening? How is the queendom going to survive without a magical queen to defend them from invaders??? I was addicted from the start!
  • I love the magic in The Impostor Queen because it combines ice and fire in interesting ways and builds up within the rules as Elli finds out more. Rule-based magic that stays within its preset bounds is awesome, especially when things expand in clever ways :D.
  • Elli cares deeply about her found family in both her mother figure (ie the previous queen) and adopted daughter (ie the princess), and new family she meets along the way. The secondary characters also prioritize their families over everything else. Maybe I’m hitting the age where I’m overly maternal, but I really love feeling those connections between characters.
  • I’m pretty darn sure Elli is bisexual! Or at least feels attraction to men and women! Most of you probably know by now if you follow my Twitter that I identify as bisexual, so it is amazing to me to finally find a YA heroine that I can see that part of myself in. Things are subtle, so I’d want confirmation from the author, but I’m pretty sure!
  • There is a nice and sweet romance in The Impostor Queen that I felt added nicely to the overall character development without interfering with the main plot. Elli has stuff to do okay??
  • I love it when a book is able to answer the main questions set out while opening up more questions to keep me excited about what will happen next. I feel like Elli learned more about herself and the magic of the world, but there is definitely still more to know and I’m dying for book two!

Weaknesses:

  • The middle of The Impostor Queen gets a bit slow since Elli is just sort of surviving and biding her time. I would have liked it to be a bit shorter and tighter I guess.
  • Do you ever have moments when you feel like you should be crying because of events that are happening in a book, but it’s just not clicking for you? I cry really easily from movies and books, so when I am expecting a good cry and don’t get it, that doesn’t bode well. That happened with the end of Impostor Queen and disappointed me a bit.

Summary:

The Impostor Queen is a fantastic start to a series I anticipate being one of my favorite new fantasy series. I can’t wait to find out more about the magic and world that Elli lives in and I think fans of YA fantasy will agree with me ;-). Also, it’s so nice to finally come across a bi fantasy heroine!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a refreshingly novel (ha ha) read. Like Bec, I really love strongly written characters and can read fast over dull sections.

    Putting this one on my “to read” list!!
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  2. I’ve heard so many good things about this book recently and I really really want to read it! A slow middle isn’t enough to turn me off. Strong character relationships are another big draw for me. From everything you’ve said I’m fairly certain I’ll enjoy it.

    I totally get what you mean with that feeling that you’re not expressing the emotion the book is trying to draw out of you at particular scenes. Normally I get that because my own moods IRL are messing with me or I’m not all that emotionally connected to the characters.
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    • Yeah, I think that I just have certain triggers that make me feel emotion from a book and if they aren’t there, it just doesn’t happen. I can’t just see a character die for example, I need to see the other characters mourning in order for me to start crying if that makes sense?

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