The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
(The Impostor Queen #2)
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Ansa has always been a fighter.
As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day the Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.
Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she tries to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.
With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Cursed Queen for an honest review.
The Cursed Queen is an action-packed, fantasy novel. This book is all about a girl torn from her homeland who witnesses her family murdered and is trained by these people to be a weapon. Ansa struggles through most of the book to figure out who she really is and not just what other people want her to be. I loved that this book is a companion novel to The Impostor Queen and filled in so many unanswered questions while also fleshing out the world.
If you go into this book expecting it to be exactly like its companion it is not. They are similar in some respects but they do have their separate journeys and do take place in different places with different tribes. This tribe I would think of a more like a Viking tribe. They believe in fighting for honor, respect and gain. They sail and conquer lands. They mark themselves to show their kills.
Ansa is an is an incredible fighter and that has been apparent since the day Krigere came and killed her parents and took her. She would not back down and anyone who attacked her, had a fight on their hands. Since then she has been raised as one of them. She has been in love with the chieftains daughter Thyra.
Thyra knows that her position does not allow for a relationship to form between them. Jaspar who was exiled with his father has eyes for Ansa and tries to put a wedge between them.
“I don’t yet know what I am,” I admit. “But now I know why I fight.” I slice at his dagger hand, quick as lightning, fire magic tingling so hard inside me that sparks fly off the edge of my weapon.
Jaspar’s eyes go wide as he sees the flame dripping from my blade…
Will Jaspar succeed in keeping Ansa and Thyra from trusting each other? Will Ansa find out who she really is and learn to embrace it?
The Cursed Queen was a great read that had me wanting more from this series. It was full of great character development and one of my favorite characters from the other book comes into play in this novel. The pacing in this book was a little slow at times but by the second half of the book I was so drawn in. I would recommend this book and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing (really, I even get a paycheck for it). Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.
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