Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Part of a Series?: No
Synopsis: 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.
- NON SEXIST FANTASY WORLD. It’s sad that this makes me so happy, but books without sexism are so rare, that this was welcome and refreshing.
- Focus on female friendships! Again, a sadly rare thing in fantasy, but Freya’s two closest friends were both girls, and there was no petty backstabbing stuff, which, again, tends to happen in epic fantasy if there are two girls who are friends.
- Freya would die for her reproachful, extremely poofy cat.
- It was all so gloriously science-y and nerdy. Freya reads stuff and does experiments and builds a laboratory in the dungeon. Which, come on, HOW AWESOME IS THIS?
- At first, Freya was protrayed pretty accurately with social anxiety. But notice how I say “at first”.
- Freya’s social anxiety just seemed to disappear. One minute it was there, and one minute is was gone. Which is disappointing for several reasons: a) because it was an accurate protrayal which rarely happens, and b) Because it just doesn’t work that like. Anxiety, social or not, just doesn’t disappear because it isn’t convenient.
- Freya looked down on everyone who wasn’t nerdy and science-y. I get that you base your whole life around your science, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who chooses to not go into science isn’t as good as you.
- Freya had a couple of brief stumbling moments as a new queen at first, then she became perfect, and she became perfect by doing the opposite of what her advisers tell her to do because naturally royal advisers know nothing. It’s not like it’s their job or anything to help the royal make good decisions. NO, that would be crazy.
- This kingdom seriously needs to sort out its priorities. You throw jewels in the river during a funeral, tax the people because you threw jewels into the river, and then arrest people who can’t pay this stupid tax? Or, what about your entire court was just poisoned, but you don’t make sure that every single thing that goes in your new queen’s mouth has been checked? YOU GUYS ARE THE ROYAL ADVISERS, WHICH MEANS YOU ARE SUPPOSEDLY INTELLIGENT, AND EVEN A NOT-SO-INTELLIGENT PERSON WOULD REALIZE THIS IS AN AWFUL IDEA.
- The ending was anticlimantic and honestly rather stupid. I can’t go into it without spoilers, but…no go from me.
- The romance is… not good. While I am pretty sure that Freya’s mom was related to the royalty through the queen, not the king…the romance with Fitzroy, the king’s son, was…problematic. For one, their relationship went from like one to one hundred really really fast. I got the feeling they kind of hated each other, then suddenly they were in love? Really??