{Effie Reviews} Death’s Queen by Janael Falor

Posted April 9, 2017 by Effie in Reviews / 1 Comment

{Effie Reviews} Death’s Queen by Janael Falor

Death's Queen

by Janeal Falor
Series: Death's Queen #1
Pages: 201
Published on March 6th, 2017
by Self-published
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Nameless. Unknown. Alone.

An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip.

Powerful. Revered. Hunted.

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. The new queen must use her training from the former life she only wants to forget in order to stay alive long enough to turn her kingdom into something she can be proud of. She’ll hold onto the crown… or die trying.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2 Stars

When the author first contacted me for her novel Death’s Queen, I admit I was a bit apprehensive. But after reading a bit of the first chapter that the author kindly sent, I decided to read her novel and see where it led me.

Needless to say, I did go into reading this book without too many expectations.

Death’s Queen is about a nameless assassin, who defies her master and runs away. Hoping to find death by drinking from Mortum Tura, a magical cup that is used to find the next Queen of Valcora after the previous one dies. However she doesn’t die and gets crowned Queen instead.

So let’s start with the story itself, shall we? I actually liked the idea behind the story. An assassin Queen ruling over a land. Almost a bit like the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. And everyone knows how much I like her. It’s a bit disappointing to say that Death’s Queen doesn’t come close to that series however. Yes, it has some similarities with it but that’s about it. I had hoped so much that I would like this book.  Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be.

Everything about the story was fast-paced, and I mean in a way that one second our nameless assassin/queen is escaping her old master and the next she drinks from the cup and is made queen. Everything happens so fast. Also a lot of the things in the book were so easily figured out, like who was trying to kill our nameless assassin/queen. I’d have liked more tension and more mystery concerning that part. Also the romance just did not compute with my brain. So unless I missed some subtle changes of heart, it came out of the blue for me.

There was also very little worldbuilding, or information concerning that First Queen that our nameless assassin/queen meets in her “dreams” or whatever that place was. It didn’t give me a “view” of the world this author build. We also see very little on the hierachy and the castes she uses in her story, not the mention the intrigues of the politics we gleam at.

In other words: there was just too little build-up, to little information, and the story went too fast.

I have very little to say on the characters. Our nameless assassin/queen, View Spoiler » isn’t a pleasant MC, her thoughts, especially at the beginning are incredibly suicidal, to the point of macabre. She constantly thinks about why she’s still alive and why she should stay alive. Having friends and family members who’ve suffered through suicidal thoughts, I wasn’t that happy about this sensitive subject being communicated to the readers the way it was. And while I don’t believe for a second that’s how the author wanted to put it down on the pages, it’s how I feel about it when I read it. As for the other characters, a lot of them I’ve forgotten their names now, so that tells you a lot. The ones I do remember are Nash and Inkga. Nash becomes Head Advisor to the nameless queen and Inkga is her personal servant. I think the reason I remember them is because I liked them, they were okay characters.

When it comes to the “villains” of this story, I’m disappointed because there wasn’t much depth to them. And also they were so transparant, it was easy to predict everything they would do. The only one that was a bit of a suprise was Faya, but not by much. Ranen and Borkus bored me because it was so clear that they were “evil”, they never surprised me, not once.

Once again, I have to play the Wicked Witch and say that this book just wasn’t to my liking, as I’d hoped.



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One response to “{Effie Reviews} Death’s Queen by Janael Falor

  1. Great review! The description of this book sounds intriguing and I love the thought of a nameless assassin but I haven’t seen too many great reviews of it. And I know I would hate the transparant villains. Ugh.

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