Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Young-adult, Murder Mystery
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.
I went into this book without any expectations and it still managed to disappoint me.
This book is about Freya and she’s twenty-third in line to the throne. However, something deadly happens at the banquet and about 400 people including the King and Queen are poisoned. Everyone before her in line to the throne dies and so, Freya – the odd girl – becomes the queen. This book is about her trying to be a Queen while finding out who the murderer is at the same time.
There are a lot of things that I want to discuss about this book. I liked a lot of things and there are some things that bothered me a lot so let’s divide them both into pros and cons.
- Freya is called odd because she loves science and wants to become a scientist, so of course, there’s a lot of science in the book. She also uses science to find out the murderer. I personally enjoyed the science aspect of the book a lot. I don’t read a lot of science in fantasy book so that was refreshing. She’s like Emma Watson’s Belle; she’s an inventor who wants to travel and whatnot.
- Although this book is a fantasy, there was a lot of mystery involved too, which, yet another thing that I haven’t read in a lot of fantasy books and I really enjoyed it.
- The female friendships in this book is A+. Freya’s best friend Naomi is supportive and caring and everything you want in a best friend, and Freya loves her equally.
- THE COVER
- Freya’s character is cliched. We get to know at the beginning of the book that she’s very very plain and doesn’t fit in at all. The scientist part is the only thing that stands out about her. I’m sure if she wasn’t a scientist, she would be like every YA heroine I have ever read.
- The romance in the book is really awkward and there’s literally no tension between them. I would’ve liked it better if Fitzroy -the dead King’s son – wasn’t a love interest but a friend. I think his character would be amazing as a friend and this would add as another thing that would make this book stand out.
- The world-building is weak. We get to know a few bits here and there but other than that the author doesn’t say much. The world is really interesting and I want to know more!
- Long May She Reign didn’t feel like an extraordinary book. There were a lot of things that reminded me of other books I have read including Siege and Storm.
I honestly have no idea why romance has become mandatory in Fantasy books. This book could’ve been so so much better if there wasn’t romance in it and the author focused on murder mystery only. The writing was alright. I zoned out at some points but it wasn’t really bad or really good.
I still think that the book could be much better if the idea was executed well.
About the Author:
Rhiannon Thomas is an English Lit grad from Princeton University. She currently lives in York, England, in the shadow of a 13th century Gothic cathedral. When she isn’t lost in YA fantasy, she writes about feminism and the media on her blog, FeministFiction.com.