The Impostor Queen

Finished The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

Remember how much I loved her duology that’s a reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera? I was pretty sure I’d never love anything that she wrote that much. Turns out it’s not at all true because I am completely obsessed with The Impostor Queen.  It has everything that I love in a paranormal novel.

First: There is an awesome heroine.  I love Elli and how all she wants is to be able to serve her people.  She’s lived almost her whole life believing that she has more magic than even the other Valtias, so learning that she actually doesn’t is devastating to her.

Second: Best backstory ever.  I love the mythology here and the fact that there are prophecies (and unknown prophecies!).  This kept me guessing throughout the book.

Third: Villains, some of whom we don’t see coming.  (I’m deliberately keeping this vague because the book is a delight and I’m not wrecking anything.)

I think it works as a standalone but I really hope there’s a sequel.  I don’t want to leave this world yet.

Highly recommended.

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