The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Series: The Impostor Queen #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published on January 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
“You could be their most powerful asset – or their worst enemy.”
I freaking love this book. Loved it. I am slightly surprised, but only because I don’t read a ton of fantasy. The politics and stuff just start to bore me easily. I can happily say that was not the case with The Impostor Queen. I am actually having a pretty hard time putting into words just how and why I loved this book so much.
Elli is awesome. Such a great heroine. She starts out somewhat naive, having only lived a life where she was basically royalty, and believed everything she was told about her place in the world and how things function. But she is forced to become someone else. Elli has to learn how to help herself and others survive without the conveniences offered to her in her previous home. And she does it with little to no complaint, and is only grateful for the opportunities she is given. On top of all of that, her first love was a GIRL. I love to see LGBT themes in books where you aren’t expecting it. But, like many others, I would have loved to see that explored further than it was.
The magic in this world is great. Copper is the source, and it is only a matter of fire or ice. The world was set up beautifully and was surprisingly simple. At no point did I feel that overwhelming feeling that sometimes goes along with trying to make sense of the world and it’s history that often accompanies fantasy for me. It was refreshing.
The romance was not insta-love and it actually took a little to build up. I love Oskar! He is so rugged and manly, but still gentle in his affections. I hate that this is one of those “we can never REALLY be together” kind of things… but I assume in the end they will be anyway. I just want them together now. K thanks.
I felt a range of emotions through this. Sadness, anger, happiness… I even laughed a few times. I see why everyone on Goodreads is raving about Sarah Fine in their reviews. I immediately looked up her other books and added them to my list. If this is any indication of her other writing them I am sure I will enjoy it! This is a great YA fantasy and should definitely be added to your reading list ASAP!
5 exciting stars!
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