Book Review: Long May She Reign

Title: Long May She Reign

Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: eBook

Published: By HarperTeen on February 21st, 2017

ISBN13: 9780062418708

Grade: Outstanding

Long May She Reign (book review)


Synopsis

Freya was never meant to 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 the 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.

She 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, she 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 advisers. 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.

Expectation

Fantasy standalones are such a rarity and I went into this one to figure out how a story can be wrapped up in just one book. From the cover itself, I could get a science-inspired setting vibe and it’s something I really want to see more in this genre. Also, the cover is beautifully designed, so of course I had to add it to my TBR! From the synopsis I gathered that the heroine would be analytically minded, which I was very excited about because smart girls in books are all I want to read about. It’s safe to say that I had quite high expectations from this book.

Reality

It came as no surprise to me that Freya became one of my favourite YA fantasy heroines after finishing the book. Seeing the story unfold from her perspective was such such a joy because I could relate a lot to her logical train of thought. Her passion for science and her desire to do good no matter what difficulties she faced made her likeable in my opinion. The female friendships in this was extremely well done. I actually didn’t mind the romance in this book because it had time to develop and Freya remained objective about it throughout. Coming to the world-building, I liked how religion, folklore and old traditions influenced the politics of the region. The intrigue and suspense took a backseat after the initial action and I was a little bored until the halfway mark. After that I think I was so invested in the characters’ lives that the pacing stopped bothering me. However, the ending was hugely satisfying and I was left wishing there was a sequel in the works.

Recommendations

If you’re a fantasy fan and have been dying to get your hands on a book that features a protagonist as described above, you should definitely give this a go. It’s not the most dramatic or action-packed book, but focuses on character development, so keep that in mind before adding it to your TBR. For the music, I’d recommend the soundtrack of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey because it fits the tone of the narrative really well. For the food, I recommend you stick to just beverages like hot chocolate because the poisoning really takes away from your appetite, I swear.

Links

Book: Publisher’s Website | Goodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Tumblr


Comments

I feel like this is not a very popular YA fantasy, so do tell if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on it. Is it on your TBR? Were you attracted by the cover as well? Do you have any fantasy standalones to recommend? Let me know in the comments section below.

15 thoughts on “Book Review: Long May She Reign

    1. I’ve been low-key stressing and being insecure about my graphics, so your words just made my day. ❤ Also, I just visited your channel on my bus ride to work this morning and I was all smiles after watching your 2017 favourites video. I totally guessed Strange the Dreamer, Artemis and Philip K. Dick’s books would be on there. 😅
      Yes, I think you’d enjoy it a lot too! It really doesn’t get that much hype, unfortunately. A quick note – the romance bothered me occasionally but the protagonist did not change/forget everything/abandon all reason, so I did not mind it overall. You can see her reasoning and reflecting on everything logically and that was refreshing to read! 🙂

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  1. I’ve heard about this book, but wasn’t sure if it was all hype. Since it has your approval, however, I will gladly add this to my reading list. 😀 And that’s a bonus that it’s a stand-alone book. Sometimes I get tired of reading trilogies.

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    1. I know, me too! I think I’m going to pick up more duologies this year because I haven’t read that many. But my current read is a trilogy so I may never stick to this, lol. I’m so sorry I’ve been away for so long. How are you doing? I shall stop by your blog very soon. 🙂

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      1. It’s hard to stay away from those trilogies. 😉 It’s great not to have to say goodbye to characters you love after the first book…but after reading so many trilogies, it’s nice to take a chance on a book without the commitment of two others.
        One of my favorites (in fantasy anyway) is The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I love that the main character is a goblin, which is unique. It’s all about what takes place after the impossible has happened and someone not meant to be king (or emperor) suddenly is. Usually, books are about the things a character has to face in order to become king/leader and the book ends once they achieve the position. So it’s cool to see the “what happens after” kind of thing.
        But anyway, I’ll stop rambling about books. 😀
        Looking forward to seeing you at my blog!

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    1. It’s so different from the typical fantasy covers even though it features a castle and gives off the fantasy vibe perfectly. ❤ I hope you get around to reading it sometime. There’s also a mystery element and I feel like you’re really going to connect with the protagonist. 🙂

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  2. I think this might have been on my radar… but with a few exceptions, last year was not a good year for me and YA fantasy. But I’d be open to reading something that reviewers I trust have liked – and oh, Briana from Pages Unbound gave it 4 stars! (I’m on Goodreads in another tab *lol*). So maybe I should give this one a chance.

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    1. Oh, no! There are definitely some good ones out there, although I’m not into the more popular ones (*cough* Sarah J. Maas *cough*). Watch this space for more reviews of my favourites from 2017 if you need more recommendations. 😉 I’d say this book is perfect for Ravenclaws as the protagonist shows much of those traits.

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  3. Olivia-Savannah

    I absolutely ADORE that cover. And I think the authors name is really beautiful as well. I haven’t read this one myself but it looks like a good fantasy. Maybe something to put on my grid in the future. I haven’t actually seen many reviews for this one around… Thanks for letting me know about it x

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