Updated: Oct 26
Genre: Some beautiful combination of fantasy, mystery and thriller.
Age: Technically YA - but that didn’t stop me from loving it!
Four Dead Queens was an amazing read that kept me on my toes the entire way through. Almost every time I thought I had pieced something together, I was (to my delight) wrong!
The story is told from multiple points of view, with the main character being seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington, one of Quadara’s best thieves and liars. Scholte starts off (comparatively) steady and paints a well-thought-out and detailed picture of Quadara, its four quadrants (which couldn’t be more different if they tried) and their queens, as well as letting us get to know Keralie.
Then BAM! In no time at all it turns into a don’t-you-dare-put-me-down action-packed whodunnit mystery with so many twists and turns that it left me reeling! I won’t do you the disservice of trying to outline the plot, because that is what made it so great and I’m scared to ruin a single one of the surprises you’ve got coming, instead I’ll link you to the official bio on Scholte’s website and let you know that she pulled all the threads I never expected into a neat and seamless little bow for me!
What I will do, is give you my Three Stars and a Wish:
I felt like Scholte did a wonderful job helping me to get to know each of her main characters over the whole novel and she did it in an authentic way. The depth was built, not just dumped at my feet. The motivations seemed authentic and the emotions real.
The world itself fascinated me - it was not something I had come across before. Each of the four quadrants were distinct and each had its own purpose and each one its own queen, which ensured its values upheld.
The pace. This really worked for me. The action and tension in the book built beautifully throughout. The stakes kept getting higher and the thrills along with it. It really kept me turning the page and feeling like I couldn’t put the book down… In fact, I may have been ignoring my housework to read it!
As an avid fantasy reader, and one typically attached to books in a series, I felt like I really wanted to know even more about the world and the characters. Though honestly, props to Scholte on managing to build an entirely new and intriguing world all in one stand-alone book!
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you will pick up a copy of Astrid Scholte's Four Dead Queens! Please leave any comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts too!