By Astrid Scholte
Rating 4 Stars
This novel surprised me. The title leaves you intrigued from the beginning because you start off knowing that there are four dead queens. How did they die? Why did they die?
Questions start the moment you open the book.
Let’s dive in!
“Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a lair. Varin, on the other hand, is an hones, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entagled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.
With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavouring to discover who has killed the queens and sac their own lives in the process.
When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.
An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens, heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.”
First Impression of Four Dead Queens
Like I said, I was intrigued from the beginning but as the first half of the novel unfolded I lost some of my momentum. The book started off slow. Since we already knew each queen died, I impatiently read about each of their deaths feeling like I already knew this was going to happen.
However, the last 150 pages of this book bumped my rating up a star.
Those last 150 pages are intense! I needed to know what happened next.
Astrid does a great job of creating four very unique queens who carry many secrets. Each one develops more and more throughout the novel. I won’t dive into the details as I don’t want to give anything away!
Keralie is relatable. She grows up with a family that sets very particular expectations. Keralie doesn’t want anything to do with that so she takes her life into her own hands. Like most teenagers who think their parents are out to get them.
She found comfort in her abilities to steal. Keralie felt like she had no choice but to make a life for herself without her families help.
The Universe of Quadara
This universe is one of a kind. I enjoy the distinction between each of the four quadrants just as much as each queen.
Plus the perspectives as reader that Keralie provides is very different from each Queen who is stuck in the castle.
One thing I enjoyed about this book is the unusual monarchy. Once a queen takes her seat on her throne, she is stuck in the castle for life. The stereotypical monarchy is flamboyant. It is thrown in the face of the public to show who is in power. Not exactly the case of the Four Quadara queens.
Yes, they can visit with their people within the castle walls but they are not allowed to leave. They cannot visit their homes or truly see the communities they are raising.
This novel is a great read. Have you read Four Dead Queens? What did you think? Comment below.
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