Four Dead Queens

Four Dead Queens

Book - 2019
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Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara's most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara's queens being murdered. With no other choices and on the run from her former employer, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, and together they race to discover who has killed the queens. But when dark secrets threaten their reluctant partnership and put everything at stake, Keralie and Varin must use all their daring to stay alive and untangle the mysteries behind the nation's four dead queens.
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW :, Allen & Unwin,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9781760524418
9780525513926
Characteristics: 417 pages : map ; 21 cm.

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RebelBelle13
Dec 03, 2019

Four Dead Queens is one of the most refreshing YA fantasy novels that I have read in a long time. It takes a few of the more common cliches (young thief who steals something of incredible value, a kingdom that is separated by walls/lifestyle/what they provide society, royalty, a hidden royal child) and twists them in a new and exciting way that I haven't seen before. The story jumps back and forth in time to before and after the queens are murdered one at a time, and by different means. I enjoyed the setting, Quadara, and would honestly liked to have seen more of the quadrants where we only got a sneak peak. The farmland and the entertainment quarters were barely hinted at, and although I am satisfied with this standalone story and happy it's not being dragged out into a trilogy (like everything is nowadays) I really would have liked to see more of those quadrants. So many YA authors are afraid to make hard choices- killing off characters and keeping them dead for instance- that it's nice to see commitment and follow-through. Keralee, our protagonist, may be a thief with a good heart, but she's far from falling into the dreaded "not like other girls" trope. There's also a bit of insta-love here, but Varin is so adorable that it's easy to let it go. The story sucked me in from page one, and I was riveted until the very end, guessing who the assassin was until the reveal. The villain is truly evil, with no redeemable qualities. I would have liked a little more from them in terms of character development, but I am satisfied with the way the story played out and ended. The one gripe I have here is solely with the audiobook- the narrator sounded like she was loudly whispering the whole time, which detracted from the experience as a whole- but not enough to bump the rating down. I really enjoyed myself, and would consider rereading it in the future. It's a fun fantasy mystery, and I'd highly recommend it!

JessicaGma Sep 18, 2019

It started off well and had such premise, but the third act fell flat for me. All this momentum for a big something and then it was like a balloon losing air - pffffttttt. You can read things like this that are much better done and do not lose their plotting at the end.

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 28, 2019

Make no mistake, Four Dead Queens is a good book with some interesting turns, but it was definitely lacking in some key areas. First, the pace: the pacing was fair at first(I loved how she did the timing of the two plots), but became ultra-fast paced at about Part Three. As for the twists, there were some pretty good one's, but the biggest one of them all(who killed the queens?) was really botched(can't go into much more detail then that) and quickly became cliché. The cast of characters was good, though the relationship between Kearlise and Mackiel(and Mackiel's influence) remains unknown. Overall, I give this book a 7/10 and a "Would Recommend Reading Only If Interested" review.

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red_ant_7450
Jul 11, 2019

It was waaaaaay too confusing. the author tried to cram as many characters as possible into this book, and you can tell. it had a lot of potential, but came up short. I also found the love interest boring.

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Drea_18
Jun 05, 2019

Had so much potential. You can tell the author has a film background by her writing style. All the action crammed into the last third of the book. Fairly predictable story line

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jhofer2
Apr 03, 2019

The author had a good idea, but couldn't quite pull it off. The characters lacked development, the world-building felt unplanned, and the plot fell apart at the end. The book never settled into a genre, combining fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, and hints of steampunk in a way that didn't blend well. There were some interesting twists, and I was interested enough to read to the end to find out who the murderer was, but the conclusion left me disappointed.

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maroon_owl_145
Mar 24, 2019

I haven't read the book yet and I was about to place it on hold. Then I realized that thee was a comment so I read and it really made me think if I wanted to get it or not. When you says that it jumps back and forth, do you still understand what is happening in the story or does it completely mess with your thinking?

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darladoodles
Feb 03, 2019

The concept was compelling. Four queens rule a land, each over their own quadrant. Before each queen dies, she must have a female heir ready to succeed her. Cue the cons working on the wharf of Jaffe' who want to maintain their livelihood and feel threatened. Our story is told from the perspective of conwoman Keralie and each of the reigning queens. Keralie is directed to steal some memory chips that totally change her life. To avoid spoilers I think I will leave it at that. I do think the narrative was a bit confusing. The story was clearly jumping back and forth in time but it was hard tell how much as the entire book really only encompasses about a week.

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 28, 2019

blue_dog_31717 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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laurenn812
Apr 17, 2019

laurenn812 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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