The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine | Blog Tour & Giveaway

I am beyond excited to finish out The Imposter Queen blog tour for Sarah Fine. She is an amazing author friend of mine that I have been with since book one, and I knew I needed this book in my life the day she told me about it such long ago. Trust me, it lives up to the hype! Check it out:

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Series: The Imposter Queen #1
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 415 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

This was one of my most anticipated books for 2016, and I am so happy to have been able to participate in this blog tour. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more with the only disappointment being a few pacing issues here and there. The beginning of this book is especially slow, but it's almost like it is a reflection on Elli's life in the Temple on the Rock because it is such an unforgiving, dark place. 

At its core, this book seems to take a stab at the crazy concept of fate. Elli was raised under the impression that she would one day become the Valtia and wield a crazy amount of magic to protect her kingdom of Kupari. However, that fated future was brutally ripped away from her when the magic of fire and ice failed to enter her after the death of her predecessor. At its heart, this is a story about a girl struggling to find her place in the world after everything she thought was right proved to be wrong. And the romance, crazy battles, ridiculously interesting lore, and love just make her journey even better.

I really like Elli as a character. She's flawed, and everyone knows that I love me a good flawed heroine. Her biggest flaw, though, is that she is kind of a doormat at times, but one can't even be mad about that when it becomes apparent that there is no other way for someone raised to sacrifice her life for the good of her people to act. She is strong, selfless, intelligent, and determined to prove herself to the world, and all of that overshadows the occasional frustration of her turning into a doormat.

Plus, it's hard to not love a girl who is so loved by such an amazing man. I am not going to reveal the love-interest, but I will say he is on Malachi's level for me (the very first male love interest I ever fell in love with from Sarah Fine's SANCTUM), and he is so cool he is ice-cold. What really caught my attention is that there are also traces of an LGBT love story in this novel. I've been racking my memory and I do not think I have encountered any LGBT romances in fantasy recently--most of my ventures have been in the contemporary genre--so it is refreshing to see something so important and beautiful explored in this book as well.

The lore is worth mentioning too because it is the driving force behind the war that erupts in the pages of this book and it is so intriguing. This lore is so expansive that it seems real instead of something conjured up from the depths of a skilled writer's mind. It explains everything, it is interesting, it is beautiful, and it can also be horrifying. In other words, it is perfect for this world ruled by fire and ice.

Full of the darkness and grit that has caused me to love Fine's writing style, this new series is one that will appeal to fantasy lovers. Elli and the gang are experiencing some of the most fantastical adventures of 2016, and fantasy readers will revel in its awesomeness while they beg for book two.

4 stars

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FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this honest review.

Giveaway

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Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

24 comments:

  1. Ooh nice! Been seeing this around a lot lately and naturally getting curious about it! Glad to see it was an amazing read! Great review!

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    1. Jessica, you must read it! Having had you as a follower for a long time I am sensing your taste in books and this seems perfect for you! <3

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  2. I love your detailed review! I'm glad to find out that even though the book starts slow and has some pacing issues, I should keep reading because it gets better. I also need to care about the characters and from what you've written, I will. Thanks for the post!

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    1. The characters are so strong. Having been a reader of Sarah's for about 4 years now, I can honestly say characterization is one of her specialties! <3

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. I have this book on my must-read list! It sounds like it would be right up my alley! I love epic YA fantasies!

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    1. Lindalou, you are speaking my language!

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  4. Love your review. I've wanted to read this for a while, but now I NEED to!

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  5. I was definitely hooked on The Impostor Queen from the start, as the magical system was so fascinating. I really wound up enjoying it, and can't wait for the next one!

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    1. Me neither! I need more of this world pronto. Especially with that ending!

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  6. I loved The Impostor Queen as well! It was written so beautifully and it had just the perfect blend of fantasy and romance which I adore!

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    1. Right?! What more could you ask for?

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  7. Great review! This book has been on my radar for months! I am so excited to read another book from Sarah. Really enjoy her writing style :)

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    1. Yes! Her writing style is such a "Lili" writing style that I know I will never NOT enjoy one of her books, you know?

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Lovely review, friend! This is one of those I plan to binge read when the sequel is released, but I'm very excited to read it! I've heard nothing but good things... especially about that love interest. :)

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    1. This would definitely be a solid binge read for your series a month challenge. The ending is making me antsy for book 2 haha

      The love interest is my life! <3 And I know how you feel about love interests ;)

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  9. Great review. I appreciate your honesty about a slow start - it's nice to have that heads up. I also love a flawed heroine!

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

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    1. Slow start that is very worth getting past for sure <3

      Flawed heroines are the best around if you ask me.

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  10. This books sounds amazing! I love a good fantasy, but it's so much better with a touch of good romance. Even if I don't win, this is high up on my TBR!
    (Also, I've never seen so many Danielles in comments before...)

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    1. Who doesn't love a good fantasy? It is my preferred genre for sure.

      Haha I know! 3 of you! This is a first.

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  11. This book sound SO good! I need to get to read The Imposter Queen so badly. It sounds like just my cup of tea. And I love it when world building is this good. Oooh, I'm excited! Thank you for the review, Lili :)

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