The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine
Genres/Themes: Fantasy, YA, Slight Romance, Coming of age (?)
WOW what a book.
I have to admit I was gripped by this book and devoured it. Were there some things I was lackluster about? Definitely, but for some reason I found myself loving every minute of this book.
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied 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, 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 her love 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 choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
The pacing of the book went from intense to mellow, but I’m a person that likes the switch up– it gives more meaning to the fast paced or intense sequences. The writing was absolutely well done. I was NEVER bored while reading.
Issues: there were times Elli seemed very young. I see how this might be, but it really took away from her character.
-Really, I did like the characters but I felt they all lacked something in some regard. Oshar had so much potential and then… he fell flat to me. Because I couldn’t tell his personality and he pretty much stopped talking to Ellie the relationship between them was meh. I thought it was way too fast and not given time to grow. It just kinda happened.
-Also, Sig is not a ‘good person’ but COME ON! I won’t go into this more so I don’t spoil anything, but I’m sensing that I’m gonna pity the hell out of him later and that kinda sucks.
-The world-building was also lacking. I left the book realizing I know nothing about the Soturi or other players in the political world and even though a map is given in the beginning of the book (awesome) I did not find it to be needed or important.
Good things: NO LOVE TRIANGLE –this could change and oh goodness I thought I saw it coming but it didn’t!!
– Perhaps a slight LGBT mention, I was hoping they would delve more into it….
-Interesting magic system that I’m hoping is explained more later because apparently most of what Elli knew was a lie *gasp*
-Elli, our heroine, is not actually the strongest person in the novel! As of right now, I should say. We will see where this goes which also provides room for growth.
-Good female friendships!!! I cannot love healthy friendships enough.
All in all, this may not have been the most unique novel to ever come out, and it is chalk full of cliche or weird language to indicate arousal, BUT I think there is still something awesome about it and I WILL pick up the sequel when I get the chance 🙂