The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Published by McElderry Books on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
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.
She didn’t know which hurt more – the ice or the fire.
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine is a high fantasy set with epic portions with fire and ice as it’s magical influence. When the current Valtia (Queen) parishes, it is up to Elli the next in line to take over the magic of the Kupari people (both fire and ice). But when the magic doesn’t activate inside her, she begins to wonder if she is the real Valtia. She flees to the Outlands to find the answers she needs to save her people from the impending evil washing up to their shores.
Fire and Ice
I thought the magic system was very well thought out by Fine. It is all centered around a society of people (the Kupari) who have the magic of fire and ice flowing through their veins. But they all don’t possess this magic, and no one but the Valtia can wield both fire and ice.
While reading I got to experience the harsh reality of the effects this magic has on the people that can wield it and how desperately balance is needed in order to survive.
Everyone is hiding secrets of their pasts and future plans from each other. Some are hiding their magic, some are hiding who they really are, and some are hiding their evil plans. With all this deceit it made for an interesting read with never a dull moment.
I loved seeing things unravel in the end and everyone’s secrets one way or another gets exposed and how it effects them all.
Oh how I love Oskar. Another book boyfriend to add to the list. Now he is not your typical love interest. At least not to me. Tall, dark and brooding like the rest, but he holds a tragic past that inevitably makes it hard for him to let anyone in. He suffers nightly from his secret and only Elli can help him.
It was nice to see that he wasn’t what was needed to save the heroine, but it was the other way around. It was hard to see how much he was suffering and I was glad when things starting to turn around for him.
Now I’m a bit conflicted with this one. The reasons I disliked her are pivotal to her story line. I felt she was too naive but that was because of her sequestered upbringing as the Sadella (next in line for Valtia), she second guessed everything because she was always kept in the dark about the outside world, and she lacks the confidence to be the hero of her own story because she always compares herself to the last Valtia.
So I understand she is the way she is for the point of the story, but I feel she didn’t progress well enough. All I hope is better growth in the sequel and to see how she lives with the events that occur in the first book!
Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Sarah Fine is the author of Of Metal and Wishes, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist.