Trial of the Sun Queen
Nisha J. Tuli
I was complaining about another book, and my phone listened and recommended this one.
AI is totally not taking over. They swear!
Anyway, this book is a solid 3.7 out of 5. It was fun to read. And it could have gone in another direction, as there was deep potential for the heroine to be whiny and very annoying, but instead, she was well written and I was cheering for her almost straight away.
Her name is Lor. She is feisty, imperfect, and always looking for an angle. Skulduggery by any means kind of angle. Even when it puts her in harm’s way. She is also deeply loyal and fervent in her own personal moral code. A characteristic that pops up throughout the story and one I appreciated.
Lor, however, as all grand stories go, is a young woman with many secrets. Who she is is hinted at, but not completely revealed until the very end. There is enough mystery and hints threaded within the story line, though, to snag your interest and grasp it firmly. None of that laborious dragging out until you are too bored to keep going.
Additionally, the surrounding cast is a mix of loved ones, frenemies, rivals, bad guys, and, wonderfully enough, villains, who might be the best thing to happen in the ‘countries’ where they live, and in this book. They had more flair and vice at times than Lor. And that was a high standard to beat.
To be frank, it is a bit of a murky plot with some dark wanderings, alongside a clear BIG bacchanal that happened in the past. One which will only be unravelled, book by book, in this series. I believe there will be 4 books, and at this point I am surely sticking around to find out what happened. (I fass…. and plenty people lying!)
Overall, the pace was just a smidgen slower than I prefer. Although, there were some healthy dollops of spice, along with snarky dialogue, and characters with deep trauma. A few of my favourite things! (Yes, I sang that!)
But what else can you expect when a sarcastic survivor is placed in jail as a child until she is secretly stolen away to compete for a queendom in a neighboring land? A competition, btw, that can be and has been, dun dun dun, deadly. The drama was tasty, just like the real villain. Or is she/he? Muahaha! Yea, it is that kind of book. You just do not know and probably will not until the end of book 4.
I recommend this one. Particularly if you are looking for an entertaining read involving Fae and magic on kindle unlimited.