I received this book for free from A friend, HarperCollins International, HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Published by HarperTeen on February 21st 2017
Source: A friend, HarperCollins International, HarperTeen
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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.
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas is amazing. I was so excited to read this book and it definitely lived up to this expectation. This story started out super strong. Freya is a scientist. She is on the lowest totem pole to become the next ruler. I love that the fantasy part of the book was also mixed with a murder mystery. This story was extremely enjoyable.
Freya despises the wastefulness of court life. She would rather keep to herself and her science, because of this Freya ends up being spared by accident. For the King’s birthday celebration there was a massive poisoning that killed almost all of the royal court. Due to this the line of succession ends up leading to Freya being the new Queen. Since Freya ends up being the new Queen she ends up being declared the number one suspect but it is Freya’s goal to find the true mass murder.
This story really focuses on the politics of court and all the challenges that are brought to her from her court. Freya is the focus on how she not only handles these obstacles but she does it while trying to figure out who killed the rest of the court. I really liked Freya’s character. She started out as a scared little girl and grew into a fierce young woman. I really enjoyed watching her grow up. Freya lacked a lot of self confidence but as the story continued she really grew into her own to become a good ruler.
I really enjoyed the sweet love interest in this book. It made me extremely happy that this wasn’t the focus of the book but who doesn’t love a little bit of romance. This is definitely a great book and I hope everyone gets a chance to read it. This is definitely one of my favorites so far this year.