Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger. Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink of exposure every day. But as she tries to prepare the citizens to protect themselves from another invasion, unrest spreads as wielders like her beloved Oskar begin to lose control of their powers. As Kupari grows increasingly unstable, with the land literally crumbling beneath their feet, and a common enemy once again threatening everything, these two young women on a collision course with destiny must find a way to save the realm and their people from total destruction.
These books make me cry. Why? Because The Impostor Queen was so good, but the sequels weren’t as good. The Cursed Queen had a lot of problems with too many people hungering for power, and The True Queen had those problems, but it also had the added problem of too many characters to keep track of. And granted that was probably going to be a possibility considering Fine was adding the two world from the previous two books into one novel, but still… I lost track of who was on who’s side.
When I did finally feel like I had a stronger grasp on that, characters would die and that actually annoyed me too. I mean, was there really a point to killing off *spoiler here* Thyra? I mean, I got Oskar’s death – even if that one made me absolutely furious – but Thyra just felt like collateral damage. I mean, sure, you could argue that Thyra’s death was supposed to be a catalyst for Ansa to hate Elli even more, but c’mon. It was a weak plot point. Like Ansa and Elli didn’t have enough problems.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While there were a lot of characters to keep track of, a lot of drama for a 368 paged novel, and unnecessary deaths, I still rather enjoyed the conclusion.
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