A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff
Publication date: 21 January 2020
Page count: 496 pages
Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
A Queen in Hiding is a fantasy debut perfect for anyone tired of waiting for the next installment in their favourite series to release. One of the big marketing points of this book is the fact that one book in the series will come out per month from January through April 2020, making it the perfect bingeable series While I am not a series binger myself, I think that this will be perfect for anyone in need of a quick fantasy fix.
Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.
But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.
A Queen in Hiding is the beginning of a truly epic series — this story itself spans 12 years and I imagine that the next three books will cover even more time. From the blurb, you’d imagine it was all about Cerulia learning to fight for her kingdom, however it really isn’t at all yet. A Queen in Hiding focuses mainly on Cerulia’s mother Cressa, who is chased from her throne by scheming aristocrats and forced into hiding. She makes the difficult decision to separate herself from her only child and fight for her throne — she hides Cerulia in rural Weirandale where she will be safe from those trying to find her and rule through her. In this way, the book serves mostly as setup for the bulk of Cerulia’s story, but I don’t think it suffers because of this. However, I do think that this series will end up reading like one very long book rather than four individual ones, so bingeing is probably best!
I really enjoyed Queen Cressa’s story as a woman who is viewed as a weak ruler coming into her own. I loved that she was flawed, yet I still wanted to cheer for her throughout the entire book. You really see her grow over the years through her experiences and I absolutely loved her arc. I had a little more trouble connecting with Cerulia because she’s not the most active in this book, which is excusable because she’s a very young child for the majority of A Queen in Hiding. However, I am intrigued by her and am really looking forward to seeing her take a more active role in the next installment of the series.
A Queen in Hiding wasn’t perfect — I felt that it could have been edited a fair bit and the rapid changes in time and huge cast of POV characters bogged it down — but damn it was so much fun to read! I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun reading a new fantasy release. I am absolutely going to continue on with the series when the next book comes out in February.
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