Long May She Reign

Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Release Date:  February 1st 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 422

Rating: ****

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.

I really enjoyed this story! I loved the plot and I felt like the story flowed really nicely, I loved how this story was about kindness and about not being greedy. Which is not what the focus is usually in a story about a monarchy! Freya unexpectedly become queen and despite everyone telling her to do what other kings and queens had done, to keep quite and follow the rules she didn't. she choose to be kind and put her people before money and greed! I also loved how the main character was a scientist and how that plays a role in the story! The writing in this was very well done and I actually own one of her other books so I think I will read that one here soon! It had a little romance but not to much it over shadowed the story. I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read more by this author! One of the negatives about this story is I didn't expect it to focus so much on who killed all the people that lead to freya inheriting the throne. That was the main focus of the story and I would have fathered that been a smaller part of the story. Also it was a little predictable I definitely knew who murdered all the people from the beginning. 

Long May She Reign
By Rhiannon Thomas
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