Bitsy Words: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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Bitsy Words: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

4.5 Stars

I thought The Impostor Queen was such a fantastic fantasy, it’s everything I always look for! The world-building details are doled out in just the right way.  I loved learning about the Valtia, the Kupari, and life in the temple. And I loved Elli from the start. She goes on a huge journey, physically and emotionally, throughout the book and I thought she was wonderful—strong, inquisitive, compassionate, and ready to learn. It’s also worth noting that she is bisexual, which is all too rare in YA and YA fantasy especially. I really loved how naturally it was presented as part of her character, and I loved Mim and Oskar both as love interests and as individuals.

Even the smallest secondary character had defining traits and a part to play. I loved Freya, Raimo, Sig, so many of the cave dwellers, and I absolutely hated the priests. There are quite a few surprises in the latter half and I really enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded. There is a lot of action and politics mixed in with the magic and romance. I also loved the magic system and how it was used in the book. It took an unoriginal idea (ice magic and fire magic, dual opposites), and made it feel fresh and original in how it manifested itself. There were some heartbreaking moments and scenes that were hard to read but overall I would recommend this without question to fantasy fans.

Book Info

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Series: The Impostor Queen #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: January 5th 2016
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
Genres: FantasyLGBTYoung Adult
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Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied 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, 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 her love 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 choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

About Sarah Fine

Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.

Morgan @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Bitsy Words: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine”

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    Yes yes happy daaance! I really did think this was an excellent fit for you as a fantasy fan. It just seemed like such a Morgan book — and here we are 4.5 stars later!!

    Agree 100% on the worldbuilding — loved it, got us the info without infodump — loved the magic (new spin on an angle you and I are veeeerry familiar with hehehehe), and clearly I loved EVERYTHING about Elli.

    Lovely review and here’s hoping book two is here soon! I plan to try some of the author’s other novels thanks to this. because I cannot waaaait lol

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    Lyn Kaye

    The sexuality of Ella was a great angle for the story. The author never made it a direct point, but I loved how it was woven into the entire book, and it just felt so natural.

    I also love the feminist themes – how the women in power were still silenced and treated as disposable, which we still see in today’s world. Sarah Fine has such a way with her words, where she can take a subject and craft them into this wonderful, touching tale without beating the reader over the head.

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