Friday, February 3, 2017

Review for Queen of Extinction by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre - 5 out of 5!


A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne. Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right for a deadly marriage trial. As the most gifted--and ruthless--princes and lords battle to the death for her hand, the forces of evil conspire to snatch Aurora’s throne. But the princess has allies, as well as a secret power long outlawed in her kingdom… Will Aurora find true love and save Ryferia or will the trial’s winner destroy them all? Queen of Extinction is a fresh take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. If you like magic, steampunk, and romance, then you’ll love the first book in a new trilogy by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre.


This was wonderful and such a cool, unique idea! I loved the sort of ugly duckling heroine, who is made beautiful by her actions. In Aurora's world, there are the Ables and the Infirms, as an Infirm you exhibit some type of deformity or inferior aspect to your person, and are looked down upon by the Ables. Aurora is an Infirm, but she is also the Princess of Ryferia, so when her brother, the current King, is killed, she is next in line to the throne, but her evil uncle has other plans for the throne, and sets out to take down Aurora, and it's proving none to hard to convince other people of power that Aurora is unsuited to lead Ryferia due to her status as an Infirm. Aurora's only chance is to find a husband in a months time, but with her less than stellar looks and physical ailments, she hasn't exactly been sought after romantically, and she worries that no one will want her, so she purposes a tournament, where princes are invited to compete for her hand in marriage. Aurora knows that the men won't be trying to win because they want her, but she needs to do what she can to lead Ryferia. There is lots of intrigue in this book, there are multiple plans at play from various characters all at the same time, and while some are of noble reasons, many are for the nefarious. I love that magic and potions are a big part of this story, and I love the set-up of having trials to win Aurora's hand; it creates great suspense and makes for a really interesting story. I also loved the different type of Fae involved and other supernatural creatures. Aurora is strong and intelligent, and despite her putting her foot in her mouth sometimes, I found her honesty refreshing. All the characters are strong, unique characters, and I really enjoyed all of them. The story felt so full with all the wonderfully different personalities. When this book ended, I wanted the next book right away, so I could continue the story. I'm really interested to see how this plays out. I loved it! Can't wait for the next!

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