(The Impostor Queen #1)
by Sarah Fine
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Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
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Sixteen-year-old Elli 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.
Disgraced, 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 destroyed. (Goodreads)
Sixteen year old Ellie has been raised to one day be the Valtia, the queen who protects her kingdom with the magic of ice and fire. But when the current queen dies, and the magic doesn't find it's home in Ellie like it's supposed to, disgraced, she flees to the outlands to live among the banished. Here she discovers who she truly is, and that things on the inside are not exactly as she always thought they were.
Ellie was a great main character. I loved watching her grow from the pampered princess into a young lady who actually has to take care of herself, and more. Oh, but did this poor girl have a rough time of it at times. When the magical power did not flow into her, the 'trials' she had to go through in attempt to summon the power was absolutely brutal. I seriously cringed more than a few times. And once she's in the Outlands and has to fend for herself, it definitely wasn't easy for her. But she grew so much throughout the story, and became such a strong young lady. A true queen. And with the help of her new friends, she finds out who she truly is, and more.
There are also a lot of secondary characters in the story that you're absolutely going to love. One in particular completely captured my heart, and I will forever be in love with Oskar. Be prepared to swoon over this young man, because he's totally swoon-worthy. I love his family as well. And with any good story, there are some characters that you're going to love to hate in the story as well. Everyone was so well written, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen for them next.
The storyline for the book was completely engrossing, and the world-building was absolutely captivating. The descriptions for everything in the book were so well written, I could see it all perfectly in my mind as I flew through the pages. And the end, oh, that ending just left me wanting more, but in a good way! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, I NEED it to be in my hands as soon as possible, because I have to know what is going to happen next for these characters and this story.
Overall; The Impostor Queen was such a great read! I enjoyed it SO much more than I expected to, and I'll be anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel. If you haven't yet read this book, or haven't added it to your to-be-read list, I promise you, you're going to want to read this book, so check it out already!!