Title: The Cursed Queen
Author: Sarah Fine
Sequel to: The Impostor Queen
Date Read: March 17
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
So as much as book 1 impressed me, book 2 fell mostly flat. I should have guessed that when we were introduced to new characters that these characters would involve who the true heir to the throne was going to be. But while Elli’s story was intriguing and wonderful, Ansa’s was blah. So she was kidnapped at an early age and raised to be a Krigere and fell in love with Thyra – the chieftain’s daughter. When the first wave of Krigere are almost obliterated by the ‘Cursed Queen’ and Ansa believes she is cursed with both powers of ice and fire things get a bit interesting as she tries to hide that power from the tribe. But when her powers are revealed to the rest of the clan plus the rival clan and political alliances are tested and seriously twisted, my mind pretty much fell asleep. Other than Kauko making an appearance tying the two stories together, I wasn’t all that impressed.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Although I wasn’t as captivated by The Cursed Queen as I was with The Impostor Queen, I still enjoyed myself believe it or not. I liked that Ansa’s love interest was a girl. I liked that she questioned her loyalties and herself. I just wish that there wasn’t so much power grabbing. However, I am curious to see how both of these storylines converge. Who will be revealed to be the true queen? Who will survive the oncoming war?
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