DATE PUBLISHED: 21st February 2017
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.
A politically driven high fantasy novel with a focus on solving a mass murder and survival. The plot slowed at times when there was introductions of new plot points. There were times when what was happening was unbelievable, such as returning taxes that I didn’t feel made sense in a monarchal system.
Freya as a character was interesting as she took on her role as queen when she never believed she would be. Her love of science is something that intrigued me and made her a interesting character. The side-characters were enjoyable as well, they were multi-faceted characters and the whole time the characters are being explored there is a who-done-it scenario playing out.
Overall, this was an enjoyable mix between a crime mystery novel and fantasy. The twist at the end was unexpected and there were some action scenes to mix up the plot. An entertaining read.
Keep Calm and Read On,