Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

Review: I had been offered this novel and if I had never heard of it, I was really curious to find out more about the story. Better than that, the edition I have is really beautiful and I can’t thank Nyxshadow enough for offering me her Owlcrate box.

Keralie is an outstanding thief, and that’s what she does for a living. But now, her last race is going to change her whole life. Indeed, her employer, who she thought was her friend, turns against her, the messenger she stole the package from is back to get it back and our two heroes will find themselves in a race against time to try and save the queens from terrible murders, leaving the country in a complicated condition.

Keralie and Varin are having a hard time trusting each other, which is, it has to be said, quite logical given the context of their encounter. However, they will have to try to move forward together to escape Keralie’s employer and above all find a way to help their country.

It was a pretty cool YA fantasy novel. If the synopsis suggests romance, it’s pretty light, but it was really nice. Anyway, it’s always nice to find a standalone in young adult fantasy and I had a good time with the characters and the story.

16 thoughts on “Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

  1. I had received a copy of this in the mail. I have no idea where it came from but I was surprised. And I felt a little bad because unfortunately this is not at all my type of book. I’m not big on fantasy.
    I’m glad to see it was one you enjoyed though!

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

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