Review: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Hardcover // Amazon
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Summary: 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.


The Impostor Queen has an amazing storyline and an amazing set of characters, but surprisingly, it did not exceed my expectations of the book. The plot is somewhat complicated and that is what I really enjoy and the world was intriguing as well. 

In this world, Elli is raised to be the next queen after the death of the current queen. However, that does not go as planned since she did not receive the magic that she was supposed to get. 

The protagonist is bisexual, which I think is really cool and that does add on to a list of qualities that I like about her. Elli isn't the chosen one and doesn't have all these great powers that most protagonists in fantasy books have. She is more like a commoner who is just caught up with these events. 

The plot was really interesting, but the pace was not very consistent. Sometimes it would be very slow and then it would get really fast and you don't know what is going on. I was slightly disappointed about half way through because it waasn't as amazing as I thought it would be so my enjoyment went down.

Everything about the book was okay. It was hard to get into at first, but once I kept trying, it does get a little better. 

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