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3 Reasons to Read Impostor Queen

January 12, 2017
Natascha Morris
Riveted Editorial Board

If you haven’t read The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, you absolutely should! It focuses on sixteen-year-old Elli, who 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 priests, preparing for the day that the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. 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. That’s where Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny.

If the premise alone isn’t enough for you, here are 3 reasons why you should read The Impostor Queen as soon as you can!

1. It’s FANTASY

Fantasy is hot right now, so if you are like me and can’t get enough of imaginary worlds, look no further. The writing will suck you right into a lush fantasy world ripe with magic. 

 

2. LGBTQ Characters

Elli is likable, relatable, strong, and bi-sexual. That last trait isn’t something seen often in fantasy novels, especially not in the protagonist, so take this opportunity to add some diversity to your fantasy bookshelf!

3. Show your YA cred

The Impostor Queen (and the sequel The Cursed Queen) is a fantastic read that’s falling just under the radar, though I can’t figure out why. Yet everyone who reads it loves it (I might be biased in this because I’m obsessed but shhh we don’t have to go there). Once you’ve read it, you can show off your YA knowledge by giving your bookish friends a YA recommendation that they may not have received before. Ex: “Sarah J. Maas is awesome, but have you heard of Sarah Fine?”

Bonus: when she inevitably becomes a huge author, you can proudly proclaim that you knew about her first! 

If you aren’t convinced yet, there’s an extended excerpt available until January 16th so you can read a little and get hooked!

The Impostor Queenby Sarah Fine

The elders chose Elli to be queen, but they chose wrong in this beautifully crafted novel in the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard.

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 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.

The Cursed Queenby Sarah Fine

Blood and victory. There is no other way.

The “fresh and fascinating magical world” (School Library Journal) of The Imposter Queen expands in this companion novel that answers the question: Who is the real queen of the Kupari?

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.

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