This week the random number generator gave me a very early entry on my TBR, book #43, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine.
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied 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, 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 her love 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 choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
Although I keep my TBR in chronological order, the first 100 or so entries were all done at once, and only in the order that I saw them on the shelf, so I actually have no idea how long this book has been around. It was published in December 2015, but I don’t know if I bought it on release or later – it’s a total mystery! In fact, although I remember the cover, I’d forgotten this was even on the list, so it’s very nice to be reminded that it’s there and waiting, as I can definitely see why I was interested – court intrigue, powerful girls, elemental magic. However, I’ve found myself quite burned out on YA fantasy in the past, so this may have missed its perfect time to be loved by me. I’m going to try to get to it soon and see!
Have you read this one? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone talking about it so I’d love to know if you have!