Hello, everyone! I’m back and at it with a review today! It’s been a couple months since there was any consistent posting on this blog, but I’m hopefully here to change that! If you haven’t picked up Four Dead Queens yet, I suggest you do yourself a favor!
I was incredibly thankful to get my hands on an early copy of this debut. I had heard nothing but amazing things, so I went into it with high expectations. Spoiler alert: I loved it.
The world was somehow unique but familiar, and Keralie was a dynamic, exciting heroine. I felt all of her emotions — the good and the bad — and her journey throughout the story was well developed. The side characters were flushed out and not just props, which is usually lacking in most fantasy stories. The antagonist/s were cruel in a way
that was believable, and the story never branched off in unrealistic ways. Valin is one of my new favorite characters, and his condition/circumstances gives a voice to most who never see that kind of representation.
One of the most enjoyable things for me while reading was the timeline. I really enjoyed how the different perspectives joined together during the last third of the novel. It was refreshing and new, and it definitely sets Four Dead Queens apart from other Young Adult titles. Having the different queens’ points of view was enthralling! I found myself speeding through to find out what would happen to them, and the chapters in which they were the focus never took me away from Keralie’s plot.
Four Dead Queens finds a way to be a murder mystery set in a royal fantasy world, and I loved the combination of genres. It worked tremendously well, and kept the story fast paced. 10/10 would recommend!
Until next time,