[613]: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine


After a fit of starts and stops, I finally managed to read this book in its entirety on Friday. We didn’t have the greatest of starts, this book, and I. The first few chapters was painstakingly slow, but the story picked up as soon Elli escaped from the Temple of the Rock. After that, it was smooth sailing. I can never deny Sarah Fine’s talent in the world she lets us see. It doesn’t matter where she takes us. More often, it’s a world entirely her own. The stories tend to be dark, with characters well-suited and perfectly conceptualized. I will never doubt this woman again.


Somewhere along the way, the Priests that govern the queen’s people got greedy. They wanted powers beyond anyone’s imagination and control of the kingdom forever. Three hundred years before the world of Impostor Queen, a prophecy that the strongest Queen will be born. A Queen who will rule and protect a kingdom where fire and ice wielders will have the free will to live however they want. When the stars aligned and this powerful queen was born, the priests did whatever they could to find this child. They had so much hope for her. They trusted her to protect them from the invading Soturis. And to provide for them when the winter months was long and cold. It is to their utter disappointment when Saadella was unable to wield any magic. When she found out that was to be put to death, she escaped with the help of her handmaiden.

Near-death, bleeding, and delirious, she was rescued by a mine dweller suspected to be a part of a group of thieves. Here, she will find out more about herself. She will find the truth about the prophecy. And most of all, she will find love. Love for an ice wielder who hates his power; and love for people who only ever wanted to be free.


For non-fantasy readers such as I, Sarah Fine has this incredible ability to simplify her world and her stories.  Sometimes, the prophecies are written in such a way that will put Bill Shakespeare’s writing to shame. I mean, seriously. I’d hate to have to read and re-read that part of the book just to get a better understanding of what I was up against. But Sarah’s writing is so concise and clear that I don’t burst a vein reading them.

I must admit that I had a tough time with Elli’s powers and her role in the prophecy at first. I was disappointed with it, in fact. I thought it was anti-climactic. She was supposed to be powerful, but she hardly exerted any of it. She’s able to siphon powers, but she’s not able to wield them. She’s more like a Teflon. Fire and ice do nothing to her. I mean, she can wield power, but she would need a conductor first. If anything, I thought the Suurin was more powerful than her. Regardless, I thought she was still a great character. She went through the motions of denial and acceptance once she found out what she can do.

The romance. Oh, the romance. For a moment there, I thought Sarah Fine was going to ruin it all by introducing a love triangle arch. I’m so happy she didn’t. Though, I’m a little afraid of what’s to come. Let’s just say,“you will regret this love”, is not sitting so well with me. Ominous much?

  • I really enjoyed this book too, but just like you I was worried over a possible looming love triangle. I was so glad it didn’t actually go that direction (and hopefully, it won’t!)

  • I’ve put this one off for now just because I can’t seem to get into it. I do plan on getting around to it again at some point. I know it’s a case of not the book but me.

  • This book sounds absolutely incredible, I’ve heard so much about Sarah Fine’s books and I’m glad that you picked it up even though you don’t normally read fantasy. I’m glad it doesn’t go with the love triangle route, and that Elli’s character development improved.

    • Oh yes. Tremendously improved. It’s so weird because she sounded juvenile for the first few chapters of the book and then she’s matured.

  • Bec

    I’ve heart so many good things about this! Your review has made me want to read this even more now.

  • Glad you said the first few chapters were slow. Because I started this, the first few chapters were slllllooowww and then it expired on my Bluefire reader. I need to pick up a finished copy and try again!

    • It’s slooow as molasses, Jen. But have patience. It picks up right until the end. 🙂

  • Gorgeous review Joy 😀 YAY for ending up liking this one. <3 Love reading your thoughts about it. Sigh. I want it. But I don't have it. Hmph. Yeah, I have heard from everyone that the beginning is slow.. sigh. But YAY for the rest being good 😀 And ahh. Good romance? Yay. But might end badly? I don't approve, lol. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

    • I’m kinda worried about it, to be honest. I don’t know what’s in store in the next book. Eeeep.

  • Melliane

    It sounds a lot of fun and it’s great that the author managed to do that with her world so it’s not too complicated!

    • Yeah. It doesn’t happen too often, so when it does, I get really excited about it. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad you stuck with it and ended up enjoying it overall. I’m not a big fantasy reader, so it’s good she simplifies things a bit. I DO want to read something by her soon.


    • I’m not a big fan either. It takes a lot to get me riled up about a book from this genre.

  • I’m glad she simplifies the fantasy! That’s my biggest complaint with the genre. Glad you liked it, despite the slow start. I may have to try it!

    • Right? I’m glad I’m not the only one. I don’t know…I guess I just don’t have the imagination for it. Lol.

  • I don’t have this, but I heard she’s like Aophie Jordan where she can write almost any genre and do it very well. YA may not be my genre and because she wrote this, it’ll be an exception

    • She’s got that pull with the readers. Though, I must say that I didn’t quite enjoy her steampunk series. You might!

  • It seems like even though this one went off to a rocky start, in the end it turned out to be a pretty good read – especially if you don’t usually like fantasy as well. I have this one, and I am looking forward to getting around to trying it at some point. Good thing there is no love triangle as well. I don’t mind them as much as I used to though 😉

    • Oh I hope you’ll enjoy reading this one, Olivia. Yes, I was relieved that she didn’t go down that route.

  • Ooh this looks really, really good! I’m glad Sarah writes so well as good writing is something I love in a book! 🙂 Great review!

  • kindlemom1

    That line does make me nervous for book two as well! I really hope it won’t end in disaster but I do trust Sarah and her amazing ability so you know I will be reading it. 😉

  • This one has been on my TBR for the longest time and now I think I will bump it up! Although it has a slow start I think I will do better going into it knowing that. Nice review!

    • Just bring your patience with you, Alise. 🙂

  • Jazmen

    This actually sounds really good. I’ve seen it around once or twice–maybe I should actually pick it up. I’m having a lot of starts and stops kind of reads.

    • Oh the struggle. I hear ya, Jaz. This week, Netflix ruined all my plans. Bah.

  • I’ve never read this author. I do think it is important for authors to be able to make complex worlds easy to understand, especially if the story is YA. I’m sorry that the Elli’s powers weren’t what you were expecting. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • Thanks, Melanie. It’s the only way I could enjoy Fantasy, to be honest. Though it’s not much of a fantasy if the world is too simple, isn’t it?

  • I agree with you on how she is able to make the complex world easy to understand. That’s definitely one reason why her books speak to me. I actually liked that Elli wasn’t as powerful, but really that’s because I’m tired of those YA fantasy protagonists who are badasses without ever training or anything.
    Anyways, I was worried about a triangle too, but I was glad it wasn’t! She doesn’t really do triangles though.
    Fantastic review, Joy! 🙂 I’m very happy you liked this one!!

    • True. True. I just hated the build up! Oh I was expecting so much powers!

  • I have about 1/8 left to go in this book. I’m not sure how I feel about it quite yet, though!

    • It was touch and go for awhile there. I decided to give it merit considering I don’t read too many fantasy novels. Though, that might not be a good way to look at it. Lol.

  • Hmmmm. Intriguing

  • I have never read this author, but I know she is really popular. I am not much for this type of read, but glad you liked it even if it was a bit slow in the beginning (:

  • I agree. She write the genre with overwhelming the reader. And yeah, I was worried about the the direction she was taking the romance, but I really liked what she did with it.

    • Right? At first, I was already expecting it. And I’m thinking, no no no. Don’t do it!

      • This is a perfect example of why I shouldn’t leave comments while half asleep. I meant she writes the genre withOUT overwhelming the reader. *sigh*

        • Hahaha. Don’t worry, I got what you mean. 🙂

  • This was my first read by Fine and I agree that she seems to be able to create these fantasy worlds the sweep you in without over taxing our brains, lol. I’m looking forward to much more by Ms Fine. Glad you enjoyed it Joy 🙂