The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl's unexpected rise to power.
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.
My first review of Long May She Reign
Oh, this book was just so great to read again! Apparently there's going to be news regarding it, which I hope will be that there's going to be a sequel, but it could be something else. I really enjoyed reading this book the first time, so I had to read it again, and it was just so good!
I love all the elements of this book. There's the historic in that there's kings and castles and no electricity. There's a scientist Queen, which is something new! There's the mystery of who killed the previous court, and the politics of the remaining members. And there's a slight bit of romance. It all comes together so well!
Freya is book smart. Not so much people smart, and she wasn't like the others so she didn't fit in, and after a while, didn't try to. I really enjoyed when she stood up to her council, including her dad, because she's right, she's the Queen, she's the ruler, not them. It was hard, but it was right.
The ending was very smart! Using all the discoveries that she had made, plus playing with the beliefs of the people, she played to her strengths and won. After figuring out who was behind the decimation of the court, those were two very big victories that she made. Loved it!
Yeah, I loved reading this book again, it was just so fantastic!
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
First Read: August 8th, 2016
Read: July 14th, 2017
Reason Why: Rereading, and it's a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 21st 2017