23 February, 2016

#BookReview :: The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine

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.

I came across this book quite accidentally and a friend lent me her copy. I did not have much expectation from it if truth be told. In any case the book did surprise me a lot.

The Imposter Queen is set in a world where fire and ice magic flows through the veins of people. All magic wielders are brought to the temple to live and learn magic as apprentices. But the most powerful magic wielder is always a woman, who rules the nation as their queen, the Valtia. The girl with the potential is always born with a mark on her body. She is then brought to the temple as a child and is educated in all relevant matters till the day she is called upon her duties to the nation. As one queen dies, her power is transferred to the Saadella. Elli has grown up knowing only this life and knowing that one day she will serve her nation with her magic. But when the Valtia dies and the magic doesn’t flow into her, she is forced out of the only home she has ever known. Living a life on the run she is forced to question everything that she had been taught to believe. A war is coming and Elli is supposed to play a pivotal role in it. Will she choose the right side?

I loved the character of Elli for one simple reason – she is quick to adapt. She is brought up to believe one thing but is forced to live a completely different life, but she not only adapts to it quickly, she learns to enjoy it. She never complains and always keeps up hope. Oskar may have saved her life but saves his right back in the end. I loved the way she mingled with his family and worked hard. Freya is such a darling; she stole my heart from the very beginning. Oskar is a guy who makes an impression right from the beginning with his honour bound ways. I loved the way Oskar and Elli’s relationship evolved. Sig appears quite late in the story and somehow I have the feeling that he has a bigger role to play in the rest of the series. I cannot wait to see how their characters are developed individually while developing the plot as well.

The fantastical world created by Sarah fine is a vivid and intense one with so many probabilities and such potential. This series is now in my follow and must read lists. Give it a try if you are a fan of magic and the fantasy worlds.

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