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.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I was going to, but to be honest I didn’t have very high expectations starting off. I had read a few reviews before starting and the ones I read were pretty lackluster.
I really liked the idea for this novel. A girl 23rd in line for the throne is made Queen by a poisoned cake. I was really happy with the world building and most of the characters. I had some small issues with Freya. I started off liking her, but as I read further a few things started to irk me.
I think my biggest problem with this book wasn’t all the politics, it was how Freya handled things with the murderer. I don’t want to get into it because of spoilers, but ya….