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The Impostor Queen

(The Impostor Queen #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  3,587 ratings  ·  650 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new hom ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Emily May
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult, 2015
"Our lives aren't ours, darling," she murmured. "We are only the caretakers of this magic. We don't use it to protect ourselves - we use it only to protect the Kupari. They call us queens, but what we really are is servants."

3 1/2 stars. The Impostor Queen occasionally suffers from uneven pacing, but it more than makes up for it with a bloody, well-written combination of fire and ice.

This book, while brimming with magic, prophecies, friendship and betrayal, is really about what it's like to
C.G. Drews
Oh oh OHHHH IT IS TIME FOR ME TO SHRIEK MY LOVE FOR THIS MAGNANIMOUS NOVEL. I seriously...omg, I cannot even right now. For the first 100 or so pages I thought it was 3-stars? Then 4...and now look it's FIVE WHOLE STARS AND I AM FLAILING LIKE A DERANGED GRAPE. It was amazing (obviously) and suffocatingly marvellous. I actually forgot time as I was reading it. Yup. That is how sold I am.

But I need the sequel so so bad and daaaaang it WHY DO I START SERIES THAT AREN'T ALL OUT YET?!?! #bookwormprob
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

The only one that matters is : Would I've liked this novel more if Ellie had stopped ONE FUCKING SECOND with her endless inner questions? Because it drove me nuts? But I guess we'll never know? Yet again, I seem to be the only one who was bothered by this? Perhaps because once I first noticed it I couldn't unsee it? Finally, why do her questions always come by pair?

Let's write this review that way because apparently that's a thing?

What's better than discovering who you are when everything you k
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
This CANNOT be a standalone. Absolutely not.

(20 minutes later)


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Book One of The Impostor Queen series
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire ma
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

He smiles, one of those rare smiles that makes his eyes crinkle. "When I first found you, I wasn't affected by it, but every day, its hold on me grew stronger. And nowadays, your laugh makes me feel like I'm falling. When you look at me, I'm suddenly warm. The sight of you makes my heart speed. Do you really think the only magic in this world comes from fire and ice?"


Anddddd here we are again-middle ground. I can't say this was on the lower end of that middle ground, but I st
Fafa's Book Corner
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Alyssa! Out of all the anticipated January releases this book (based on the synopsis) sounded the best in my opinion. I had come across this book through Alyssa. When she added it I was instantly drawn by her excitement and the title of the book. By the time I was done reading the synopsis chills went down my back. Of course I added it that day. Then as time went by I realized that I wasn
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

A kingdom where magic is held in the most powerful Queen known as a Valtia.  Eli is supposed to succeed the current Queen, but when the magic never comes, she ends up fleeing and finding out more about the outsiders that border her kingdom's lands.

I am now one of the biggest Sarah Fine fans around. Her books just grab my attention and they never seem to let me go. Loved her other books and when I realized s
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

This felt like a 400 pages long prequel. Elli is definitely an interesting character - she's been sheltered all her life so she has to grow up and meet the world pretty fast if she wants to survive. There are many harsh scenes, but I liked how real they are and they made this story feel raw and captivating. Supporting characters are quite interesting as well, but I didn't really connect with any of them. I did like Sig,though and I hope that he won't become the enemy. I just want them a
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely stunning. The world building, the magic, the characters. All of it.

I loved Elli. I love her loyalty and her quiet fierceness. She has so much responsibility resting on her shoulders, it was interesting to see her growth and how things shifted. There are a lot of great characters: some good and some deliciously horrid. I couldn't even begin to explain why I loved them.

I wasn't lost in any part of the explanation. There aren't eleventy billion names that look the same or mult
I've never read anything by Sarah before (though I do have a copy of Of Metal and Wishes), and after seeing all the glowing reviews for The Impostor Queen, I decided to treat myself after Christmas and buy a copy. It was wonderful to read to relax in between a mass of revision for my university exams.

The Impostor Queen is about Elli, who is heir apparent to the throne of Kupari. She is preparing to learn under her queen, the Valtia, the art of magic, to protect her home from the ravages of dread
Maggie ☘
“You could be either their most powerful asset―or their worst enemy.”

The Impostor Queen pulled me in and didn't let go till the end. It managed to tear me up more than a few times. *And it's quite hard for a book to manage to make me cry.* But this story was such a beautiful and epic ride full of magic, mayhem, adventure, self discovery, friendship and love. It warmed my heart, it made me cry and laugh and ship, root for the heroine and be proud of her.

My (kind of) summary:
When the priests f
Viktoria Winter
I was sent an ARC of The Impostor Queen by McElderry publishing. This in no way effected my opinion of the book or this review.

"You could be either their most powerful asset―or their worst enemy."

Elli was chosen by the Elders of Kupari to become the next Valtia, the queen who wields both ice and fire magic. All her life she was raised to rule, but when the time comes to ascend her throne…the magic doesn't present itself. It’s simply gone where before it never was. Disgraced, Elli puts herse
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Sarah Fine is one of my favorite authors and so far, I’ve read 5 books by her (and need to read a bunch more to complete series but I am not ready to say goodbye because that’s how I roll.) The Impostor Queen is hands down my favorite book that Sarah Fine has ever written. This book is AMAZING and shows how much Sarah has grown as a writer. She always crafted amazing worlds and fantastic characters but she goes above and beyond with
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing

'The Impostor Queen' was my very last read of 2015, and it was on that 365th day of reading in 2015, that I discovered one of my favorite books of the year! This one totally snuck up on me too. I had heard great things from a couple of people I trust and admire, but I guess I didn't fully expect to love it THIS MUCH!

First things first, I absolutely adored Elli as the main character. Her arc is phenomenal and the growth she goes through is truly inspiring. I was IN IT with her for the entire boo

Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Honestly, this was a really great fantasy. I was so impressed by the believable world building and a plot I could actually become invested in.

I really liked Elli, our feisty heroine. Elli was brought up pampered and used to having everything done for her, but when she was thrown in the outlands, half crazy with hunger and desperate to survive, did she wilt like a flower in the desert? Heck no. She stood up for herself, fought for her life, and learned to adjust to the unfamiliar, harsh condition
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sarah Fine is my go to author when I want something completely original, entertaining, well written, and imaginative.

She has yet to let me down and Impostor Queen was not an exception to her talent nor her ability.

Beautifully written, masterfully detailed and laid out, this was hard to put down and even harder to walk away from.

Sarah has a away of describing details and her worlds that not only captive but are also so seamless that you hardly know they are happening and before you know it, not
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Initial thoughts-

-Really cool magic system
-First half was slow, but last half was great
-Some of the writing descriptions (like fight scenes/etc) lost be a little bit
-Super unique plot
-Why why is the next book not about these characters?


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nick (the infinite limits of love)

The Impostor Queen


At this point, I sincerely doubt there's going to be a Sarah Fine book I don't love. With every release, she continues to impress the heck out of me with her creativity and ability to create new and fresh characters. The Impostor Queen, like all of Sarah Fine's works, was utterly striking as a fantasy novel and even though it's only the second 2016 novel that I have read, I know that it will be topping my best of 2016 lists.

Elli was an unconventional heroine for a fantasy story, a fact that
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my ya fantasy friends. ALL.
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The Imposter Queen was so awesome that I need to do some thinking and write a decent review. Until then, this picture must represent my book feels.
Wren (fablesandwren)
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, not-shelved
A buddy read with my dear friend Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things! Love that girl.

So this book...


I would say that I did not get into this book until maybe the last third. I was interested enough to keep going and curious enough to know what was going to happen next, but did I really care a lot about Elli? Not really, sadly.


This magic is super cool.

That is the power in this land. Everyone has a little of both and some can heal with it or control things with it. Like I said, it's
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
A YA Fantasy that can't quite decide how YA it wants to be and is a bit hampered by a first person PoV.

Elli is the Saadela, the heir-presumptive of the current Valtia, the Sorcerer-Queen of the Kupari. When the Valtia dies, used up by her magic, the magic will pass to Elli and she will become the new Valtia. Except, she doesn't. And suddenly, she's being accused of being an impostor by the people she has trusted all her life and her life is now at risk. So Elli goes from being a sheltered prince
Emma Nguyen
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
uhm, what the heck?? That was so flipping good! I went into this book pretty much clueless but I really really REALLY enjoyed this! Also, our main girl ISN'T the most powerful/important person as it usually is (OK she's like the 2nd or equal or however you want to interpret it. BUT she's not the only one in the sole spotlight).
When it turns out that she doesn't have a flick of magic I was curious on how this would go. Because doesn't our main character ALWAYS have something magical about them i
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

I think I am in love with Sarah Fine's writing and I have Ali @ My Guilty Obsession  to thank for that. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine ended up being a buddy read with Ali, to whom I am thankful for introducing me to Fine's writing.

I loved The Impostor Queen, a well crafted story about a sixteen-year-old girl named Elli who is a Saadela and the next in line to take over when the Valtia of the Kupari passes and leaves her magic to be passed on to the Saadela. When Elli's Valtia suffers a terrib

Crystal | decorating.reader

This book has it all…magic, intensity, twists, intrigue, splash of romance, people standing up for what they feel is right, just basically everything you really want in a good fantasy AND it didn’t feel like just any other fantasy out there. This book has a little twist to the main character, Elli, that I really liked. It’s a shame I can’t be more detailed about what I mean by this because, in
 Simply Sam ツ
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I went into this book with low expectations. It's a YA fantasy and nowadays there's just SOOOOOOOO many out there that it's hard to find one that doesn't just rehash a tired plot line or offer up the same bleh fare. So I was pretty pleasantly surprised that I didn't feel the need to roll my eyes heavenward and say a little prayer for patience as I read this. Of course there's a prophecy with special, albeit somewhat reluctant, heroes, and we have the classic good vs bad, greedy vs altruistic, us ...more
Whitley Birks
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved this book. It was such an engaging fantasy. The world was fascinating, the magic was awesome, the characters were great, the plot was engaging. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the main character, and she was more ‘eh’ than actual ‘dislike.’

The story follows Elli as she moves from (forcibly) pampered princess to outcast, and it’s very well handled. Probably because Elli was kicked out after they discovered she didn’t have magic, rather than
Christy LoveOfBooks

Well now, that was rather pleasant. The Impostor Queen is the second Sarah Fine book I’ve read, and it was an even better experience than the first one.

This is a fantasy that lets you slip into the wonderfully rich, magic filled world with ease. The interesting characters and slow build romance brings it all together for a fantastic read.

I have to say, I was a bit surprised by Elli. I’m sort of used to these overtly badass heroines that come out swinging, but she wasn’t like that. Although she w
Slow start, epic finish. If you don't love the slow beginning, I still recommend sticking with it, because once the ball gets rolling, I was fully on board. It's all about complicated ice and fire magic, lore, destiny, and a passive, reactive girl learning to become a heroine with her own will. Which leads to slow start and epic finish, basically. And I think I know what's coming in the conclusion next year, and I'm amped for it.

Edited to add: oh, right, and the MC is explicitly, canonically bi!
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it

Sorry I have fever that's all I got right now but I liked it
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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