The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the
Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic.
Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and
tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia
perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined 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.
Elli flees to the outlands, the 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 the love she has 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 align
with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely
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I became a fan of Sarah's writing by luck! I had read the reviews of her firsr series "Shadowlands" and after that I followed her on every book. When she had announced the publication of a high fantasy series I was quite excited, since she was going to write on a different genre.
The world of "The Impostor Queen" (there's also a map!) is divided in the lands of the Kupari and the north where other clans want to conquer them. The strongest 'weapon' the Kupari Elders have to defent the Kupari is the Valtia, a female witch who has the perfect balance between ice and fire and she is powerful.
Now, Elli is the succesor to the Valtia and lives in the Temple training to her new role. When a series of events leads her outside the city walls, she will discover more than she ever imagined.
Honestly, at first I didn't like Elli. She was too trusting, too docile even to the point of letting others harm her. And all because she wanted to be what others wanted to. But after chapter 5 mostly I did began to sympathize with her especially as slowly the truth came out. Towards the end she becomes strong enough to lead everyone.
The idea of family, even not by blood, in the book was a great addition. I liked Oskar, despite being described as a 'bear-man' and his reasons behind his attitude were to a point true. Mostly, there is good world-building, although I'd want more action through all the book and not mostly towards the final chapters.
Overall this is a nice read, especially if you're a fan of Sarah Fine's writing. Fitting too for the high fantasy readers. :)
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