Series: The Impostor Queen #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Diversity
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Ansa has always been a fighter.
As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day the Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.
Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she tries to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.
With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.
I was a little worried when I started this because I read it almost right after reading The Imposter Queen, which I really enjoyed. But I was worried because the story is about completely new characters. I was really unsure how this was going to go because I really wanted more from the story in the first book, not a companion novel. But I shouldn’t have been worried. The story was just as good and now I can’t imagine the story not being told from this new perspective. I love the two books as a whole and can’t wait for the next one!
The best part of this story was how well it compliments the first book. The characters and setting are all new but we actually know about them from the first one. The story follows the Krigere, who are the ones that attack the Kupari on the lake. So the story of The Cursed Queen picks up right before the battle on the lake between the Valtia and the Krigere, but this time we get the Krigere’s side of the story. And it’s really interesting to see this completely different side. It’s not often I feel like I know a lot of information that the characters I’m reading about don’t know, but they know almost nothing about The Valtia and her powers and it was really interesting to see their ideas on magic and the Kupari after having learned everything we do in the first book.
The other great thing about this sequel is the main character. Ansa is so interesting because she wasn’t born into the Krigere tribe but is beyond loyal to them now. But as she grows and changes and her loyalties are tested throughout the book, it’s really interesting to see the battle within herself to find out who she truly is and what she really wants and believes in. She’s been brought up to be a warrior. But is that who she truly is or was that out of necessity to survive? Is she blinded by her love or does she love because of shared truths and trust? There are so many questions raised in this book and while most of us aren’t actually ever in the position Ansa is, due to our complete lack of magic and everything, almost all of us have moments growing up where we wonder how and where we fit in. Sometimes it’s with the people who raised us and sometimes it’s with those who we find connections with later on. It was interesting to see Ansa going through these struggles, especially while having so many outside influences and everybody trying to get her on their side. Was it because they truly trust and respect her or because they want to use her? I even waffled a bit as the book went on, trying to figure out what everybody’s motivations were concerning her.
I don’t want to give anything away for this one because I really was unsure of where it was going until the very end but I will say that if you enjoyed the first one, you really do need to read this. Yes it’s about different characters but I promise that you’ll want to know these characters and their story. They overlap and follow the same timeline but give you an outside view of what we saw in the first one. Plus, Ansa’s story is definitely worth reading. I CANNOT wait to see these stories come together in the final book!