Title: Four Dead Queens
Author: Astrid Scholte
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.
With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.
An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.
Four Dead Queens is a book I kept hearing about here and there, but honestly wasn’t one I was planning on picking up as soon as I did. I recently received it in a subscription box though and I wanted to give it a try before deciding if I wanted to keep it or pass it along. Like some others that I’ve received in subscription boxes, I ended up absolutely loving Four Dead Queens!
For being a standalone fantasy, I feel like the characters were developed fairly well. They aren’t super detailed, but there’s enough to them where I personally was able to empathize with characters and eventually choose sides.
There is a slight lack of world building. There isn’t much information given in terms of the technology, science, magic, and political conflicts. Throughout the story, information is just randomly given when a conflict arises and you have to just go with it. I think usually this would bother me, but in the moment of reading the story, I didn’t really notice it.
Four Dead Queens is told in alternating points of view. About half of the book is told in Keralie’s point of view, while the other half is told in the point of view of the queens. The queen’s point of view switch between the four of them as the story goes along. This aspect of the story is definitely one of the reasons why I stayed so interested in it. After every chapter, the point of view would switch and I would be left guessing on what was going to happen next.
This is one that got a five star rating from me! Full of suspense, political intrigue, and romance had me hooked! I can’t wait to reread this again and again!