The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: January 5th 2016
My raiting: 4.5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined 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, the 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 the love she has 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 align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
Imagine growing up in a temple preparing to be the next Valtia (queen) not to mention the most powerful magic wielder in the land, only to find out on your coronation day that you don’t have any magic at all and therefore can never be valtia. This is what happens to our main character Elli in this book. She goes from being pampered and safe in the temple to living whit thieves in the outlands trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.
I really admired Elli throughout this novel. Her entire life falls apart and even though she gets exiled form the kingdom and the people who took care of her now wants to kill her, in order to wake the next valtia she doesn’t complain or give up. She Just fights to learn all the basic skills she lacks and tries her best to make a new life for herself.
The magic system in this novel was fascinating and easy to understand. All people are born with some ice and fire and the more you have of those the more magic you are able to do. If a person has a lot of one and none of the other, they become unstable and usually die young. The Valtia has a perfect balance of the two, but she has so much of both that eventually the magic consumes her and she dies young. When she dies, the magic enters the Saadella (princess) and she becomes Valtia. There is always one Saadella and one Valtia. Her copper hair, blue eyes and a fire mark identify the Saadella. A new Saadella is chosen each time a Valtia dies. The other magic wielders all live in the temple and are ruled by the elders who are the most powerful after the Valtia.
When Elli is exiled to the outback, she is saved by a young hunter named Oskar and ends up living with his family in a cave of thieves. I liked Oskar and his family, they were all nice to Elli and she really became part of their family. I liked how the relationship between Elli and Oskar developed slowly, first into friendship and then something more. It felt natural and believable.
The reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me was because there were some slow parts where nothing really happened at all. Apart from that though the story was great and I really enjoyed it.
In conclusion, this was a good book and a promising start to the series. I will definitely read book two and recommend it for fantasy lovers.
Have any of you read The Impostor Queen? What did you think?