Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Day: February 21st 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
“I couldn’t be queen. I couldn’t. So many people would have to die for me to inherit the throne, and they couldn’t be gone.”
That is one intriguing quote, title + blurb + cover = killer combo! Unfortunately, that went about 10% of the story, then it went downhill. I’ll be honest, like most GR users, the title gave me a lot of Reign vibes..
Freya is 23rd on the line of succession to the throne and after a deadly feast, the King and everyone ahead of her dies; she is the new Queen and it’s time she takes over. — That was roughly 2-3 chapters in. That part was engaging and captivating, since everything happens so fast and it’s described in such rich details.
Then, nothing happens. Literally, nothing.
Freya makes lists of suspects she thinks might have tried to poison everyone, she tries to make decisions about court, her life, potential suspects but is shut down from her father and her council, and then there’s the whole laboratory thing.
Despite the court life and monarchy, this is a world where science is advanced, not as advanced, but she is allowed to be in a laboratory and do dangerous experiments – for some reason how that world got to the point of experimenting is never explained. There is a laboratory and she is a scientist. End of. Which was nice but at the same time, everyone is dead and she’s going about her business sneaking around her guards and doing all kinds of dangerous things like eating without it being tasted first even though the King had his food tasted at the beginning but now that’s over?
Then there’s the contemporary language she uses throughout the book, her inner monologues are all very YAish despite the setting of the story, but her council is very formal?
I expected to love this, I wanted it to be bloody and full of court drama and mystery – kinda hard to achieve when you’ve killed everyone though – but after the initial introduction, the story felt flat and boring – so much that I didn’t even care about who killed everyone which – not to be full of myself but HELLO THE ANSWER WAS RIGHT THERE OMG PEOPLE!