Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: The Queen's Choice

The Queen's Choice
The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior believes she will soon die and must name her heir. Anya has recently learned that the queen would like her to take her place since Anya’s cousin, Illumina, does not have the desired qualities of a ruler. Anya does not want this position. In order to keep from becoming queen, she decides to take a journey into the Warckum Territory to find Prince Zabriel, who should become the next ruler. Zabriel had disappeared into the human realm because he did not want to rule either. Her quest quickly becomes more desperate when she is attacked in the human realm and her wings (and her magic) are brutally cut off. Can she find and convince Zabriel to return and take the crown? Since she can’t return without her magic, what will become of her and the ones she loves?

The Queen’s Choice is the first book in a new fantasy series. Although the story has some refreshingly new spins on the human/faerie story lines, too many of the components tie up too cleanly. These aren’t enough of a distraction for the reader to hate the book, but life doesn’t have THAT MANY clean closings. Kluver’s world building was enjoyable without being overbearing and readers should be able to enjoy the tale whether they have read a lot about faeries or are new to the genre. Sometimes cliff hangers are a downside to series books, but the ending to The Queen’s Choice gives enough satisfaction with a touch of mystery to make the reader add the second book of the Heirs of Chrior series to their “to-read” list.

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