The Cursed Queen (The Imposter Queen #2) by Sarah Fine
Genres/Themes: Fantasy, LGBTQA+, Young Adult
*I received a copy of this book through netgalley, but all opinions are my own*
Man… this was a bit intense.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ansa has always been a fighter.
As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.
Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she seeks to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.
With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.
I really enjoyed this book. There was definitely more action than the first one, but that is because of the different culture of the group and who Ansa is compared to Elli.
BUT, there isn’t actually a ton of action, even though ‘blood and victory’ is the slogan. Instead, there is a ton of whining and not understanding what is right and what is wrong; who to believe and who to deceive.
I do think some of the whining and back & forth made sense and was a good insight into the character. I just wish it had not gone on for so long.
Some really cool things, were the difference in culture and really seeing how the Krigere lived. It was so interesting. Also, the fact that characters being homosexual was taken as a normal thing was certainly a cool thing. A non-gendered term for significant other? Men and women being warriors without any comment? Same-sex couples taking in orphans… or raid prizes– but really the point here should be it was seen as a needed part of the community. EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT TO THIS COMMUNITY AND DESERVED RESPECT.
All in all, I am very excited for the next installment and can’t wait to see how things unfold ^_^