[613]: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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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.

ABOUT THE STORY

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.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT

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?