|AUTHOR: Sarah Fine |
SERIES: The Impostor Queen, book 1
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry
PUBLICATION DATE: January 5, 2016
SETTING: Queendom of Kupari
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS
REVIEW: No, you probably don't understand the summary. That's okay; I didn't either. I did not read this book because of the summary; I read it because I read Sanctum by Sarah Fine a few years ago and just loved it. Having just read my second Sarah Fine book, I am hooked on her creative world-building and complex characters.
It took me a couple of days to get into this one. The world-building is intricate and takes some time to develop. Eventually, though, I was unable to put it down. I finished the last 300 or so pages in one sitting! I loved the characters and the slow-building romance between Elli and Oskar. Sig is an especially interesting and complex character, and I look forward to reading the sequel to find out his fate.
Great ending! I know I'm not saying much about the plot here, but it really is so hard to explain. If you like books like Bardugo's Shadow & Bone or Golding's Dragonfly, this one is not to be missed!
THE BOTTOM LINE: Top-notch world-building and complex characters make The Impostor Queen one of my early 2016 favorites. The story takes some time to build, so I recommend this for stronger readers who love high fantasy.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: On order.
READALIKES: Shadow & Bone (Bardugo); Dragonfly (Golding); Eon (Goodman); Girl of Fire and Thorns (Carson)
- Overall: 4/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5--love Sig especially!
- Engrossing: 4/5--a little slow to start
- Writing: 5/5--incredible world-building!
- Appeal to teens: 4/5--best for strong readers
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5--loved that ending!
- Language: mild; one hilarious reference to a man's "balls"
- Sexuality: mild; kissing; castration; non-sexual nakedness
- Violence: high; whipping (described in some detail); murder; blood-letting and blood-drinking
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
- Other: evil priests; overall "dark" feel