Author: Sarah Fine
Series: The Impostor Queen #1
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
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.
Well now, that was rather pleasant. The Impostor Queen is the second Sarah Fine book I’ve read, and it was an even better experience than the first one.
This is a fantasy that lets you slip into the wonderfully rich, magic filled world with ease. The interesting characters and slow build romance brings it all together for a fantastic read.
I have to say, I was a bit surprised by Elli. I’m sort of used to these overtly badass heroines that come out swinging, but she wasn’t like that. Although she was extremely sheltered and kept naive by those around her, I love how innately curious she was and that she was determined to be an asset in any situation she was in. She definitely had a fierceness to her that continued to grow throughout the book.
Really, all the characters were done super well, and each one stood out. Especially mischievous Raimo and Oskar the grouch. Love those two! And the romance impressed me. I wasn’t sure where it was going for while, or more specifically if it was going anywhere, because it seemed to be heading in one direction in the very beginning. Am I confusing enough? I don’t want to get detailed because, you know, spoilers. But seriously, it was lovely!
The Impostor Queen is just an overall awesome book that left me completely satisfied. Thankfully without a torturous cliffhanger.