Book Review Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Jan’s Review

I am a total cover fan and this cover intrigued me with the castle being inside the bottle.  It drew me and mad me very curious.  With a title like Long May She reign my first thoughts were of the TV show Reign with lots of political maneuvering, psycho queens and probably a swoon forbidden romance.  Now don’t get me wrong we did get that but in a totally different deliciously unique way.

This is not your normal Ya Fantasy historical novel i would say this will appeal really well to those who want to solve a mystery and who love a heroine who is not exactly who she should be.  In this novel our main character Freya by stroke of unbelievable luck being the 23rd person in line to become Queen in one night becomes the Queen.  Here were the mystery comes in, it happens cause she slipped way the night the entire court is murdered, now i not giving anything away the blurb does not all ready tell you.

The uniqueness of Freya moves right along from there as she a budding Scientist who is a princess now turned Queen.  Who is only trying to discover a new way to bring around portable heat and with that discovery she can leave behind any ideal s of being a princess or queen. Little does she know that her experiments will be an intricate part of what unfolds from their as she finds out “Who done it”. This opportunity of now being Queen gives her the chance to shape the Court in her liking. Here eyes are opened to the realities that being so far down line she had not really payed mind to what was going on in the everyday lives of the rest of society.

What i most liked about Freya is when she does find out the murder is how it all handled and what is learned from the reason s of why he/she murdered an entire court.  This book is filled with lessons to be learned, intrigue and plots twists that are slowly peeled away.  I enjoyed this History fantasy murder mystery much more then i thought i was going to and it was a delightful story that their more to tell or if the author is going to leave it as a stand alone time will tell.

 

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