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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 5, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship, 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.
How have I not heard of Sarah Fine before! I feel so cheated that this is the first book of hers I have read. The Impostor Queen was glorious. A magical world where copper runs through the land and imbues the residents with fire and ice magic, a girl whom everyone thinks is destined to be queen and invading hordes all combine for a spectacular read. The world building was very well done; I could picture the buildings and the people. The pacing was spot on and the characters were mostly incredible. The main character Elli was so different, in such a good way. She began as an extraordinarily weak person who learned and grew on her own terms into a powerhouse. It was also nice to see her fluid sexuality. Attracted to both her ladies maid and a young man whose family takes her in, I liked how it wasn’t a big deal, it just was. Most characters in YA fit a specific mold and I love that Elli was her own mold. The majority of the other characters were just as well fleshed out, save one or two who were a little weak. Even the weak characters did not distract from the great journey. I’m excited to read the sequel (there has to be one as there is so much left to discover) and am very glad I discovered The Impostor Queen.
Favorite lines – “And nowadays, your laugh makes me feel like I’m falling. When you look at me, I’m suddenly warm. The sight of you makes my heart speed. Do you really think the only magic in this world comes from fire and ice?”
Biggest cliché – “We will protect you and keep you safe at all times. Except when we can gain something by turning against you, then you’re on your own.”
Have you read The Impostor Queen, or added it to your TBR?