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The Cursed Queen

(The Impostor Queen #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  865 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of t
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
Book Two of The Impostor Queen series
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrio
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
“Loyalty is precious, little red. Hard won, hard lost. Easily given, easily betrayed.”

3 1/2 stars. THAT is how you do a young adult fantasy.

I was so nervous to start this book after being recently disappointed by another eagerly anticipated 2017 release, Windwitch. I had the usual recurring thoughts: Am I finally growing out of YA? Was the first book REALLY as good as I remember? I needn't have worried, though - Sarah Fine is a masterful writer with sweet, searing prose, a gritty, intelligen
Norah Una Sumner
May 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Edit: Look, there's a cover. I... don't know how I feel about it to be honest.

Oh, I didn't really expect the author to introduce a new narrator in the sequel! Interesting, indeed.

Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Not quite a 4, but I'm rounding up largely because of the very well done relationship between Ansa and Thyra.

This book takes place contemporaneously in time with the events of the first book, The Impostor Queen. When Elli didn't inherit the magic of the Valtia, it went to Oskar's cousin Ansa instead. Ansa was taken as a child in a raid by the Krigere, and raised to become a warrior of the tribe.

There is just as much intrigue and scheming for power among the Krigere as there is at the temple back
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Mini review:

I loved the previous book The Impostor Queen! This was one of my anticipated releases of 2017. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it.

A lot of the things Ansa said and thought made me sick to my stomach. Ansa is raised in a very brutal tribe and for them this is the norm. It just didn't sit well with me.

I do still recommend it because a lot of people enjoyed this book.
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads

OKAY SO JUST READ THE IMPOSTER QUEEN and THE CURSED QUEEN and EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. I dove in expecting to love The Cursed Queen and while I did struggle some with it, it packs just as much of a punch as The Imposter Queen. Both books have their strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses of TIQ are the strengths of TCQ and vise versa in my opinion.

While both Elli and Ansa are strong heroines, they are also very different from each other and I
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Oct 01, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Meh. I loved the first book just couldn't get into this one. ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted at Simply Adrift.

The Cursed Queen is a companion novel to The Impostor Queen .

- When I first started reading this I thought there was only going to be two books in this series, I only realised half way through there were more. Which made way more sense. Because nothing was making sense when I thought that this was the last book in the series.

What I liked

- Thrya. Thyra is Ansa's love interest and she is one amazing, mature, and strong woman. She believes in herself an
nick (the infinite limits of love)


The Impostor Queen was an amazing book for me last year. While I was very eager to read The Cursed Queen, part of me was a little nervous as well because I learned that The Cursed Queen would not follow Elli & Oskar. Still, I was giddy about the thought of a F/F fantasy romance, and having read most of Sarah Fine’s books, I was certain this book would not disappoint. In the end, I had mixed feelings – there were bits and pieces that I really loved, but there were also elements that frustrat
Jesse Nicholas
The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine is the sequel to last year's action packed fantasy, The Impostor Queen. The story picks up across the sea with our new main protagonist, Ansa. She was part of the big take over that we see in the first book and as events intertwine with both stories, we get to explore a new side of this world!

The Good

New Characters

As this is a companion novel to The Impostor Queen, we get a whole new cast of characters to explore. In The Impostor Queen we met Elli, the one they bel
I like this series so much and I'm so happy I enjoyed this one at least as much as its predecessor if not more so. F/f fantasy FTW, always, and I loved reading an MC who's a warrior at heart, and Thyra was such a great counterpoint in someone who could seriously do the killing that needed to be one but didn't really share Ansa's thirst or values. So much intrigue, so many good characters, and it was cool to see how it tied into the first book although I think you might be able to read this witho ...more
h o l l i s
"You are an arrow, Ansa. You fly straight. You find your target. You do not twist and bend."

THE CURSED QUEEN was a very twisty tale of backstabbing and intrigue and betrayal and confusion, along with a lot of tribal politics and moral dilemmas littered with ethical self-reflection and questions about where one belongs. While I appreciate Fine sticking with her LGBTQ themes for this series (book one featured a bisexual female lead and this sequel featured a lesbian pairing) I definitely enjoyed t
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars: A book with a frustrating main character and a story that falls flat.

Ansa has fought her whole young life to prove that she is a fierce warrior. Kidnapped and taken as a raid prize after her parents were murdered, Ansa has carved out a life amongst the Krigere tribe. The Krigere are a fierce people, who raid and conquer weaker people. They are blood thirsty and violent. Their latest conquest is to take over the Kupari, who are led by a witch queen who wields fire and ice. After the
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Cursed Queen" by Sarah Fine was my final read of 2016, which was so perfect, considering my final read of 2015 was the first installment in the series, "The Impostor Queen" . If you read my review  last year, you'll know that I LOVED it. So, did I love "The Cursed Queen" as much? Well, you'll just have to keep reading to find out.

Although, some people have billed "The Cursed Queen" as a sequel to "The Impostor Queen", it definitely ended reading as more of a companion novel to me
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can say pretty confidently that I think I enjoyed The Cursed Queen just as much as its predecessor. The story is very different, since the girl who we are reading about has an entirely different set of circumstances and journey to manage. But I thought it was interesting to read about a girl of two worlds, bred to be a warrior and still finding her own way. It was really well-done, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Feb 18, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Ok I need to find out if this is on Edelweiss.. Don't think I can wait until 2017 for it ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to echo other readers on this one--The Cursed Queen is a disappointing sequel to The Imposter Queen. Fine set up a rich, intricate fantasy world with the latter that only continues in its depth with this novel. With The Imposter Queen we followed Elli, her succession to becoming the Valtia and the subsequent chaos that ensued when her magic didn't manifest as it was supposed to. Thus, going into The Cursed Queen, the reader already knows what's happening to Ansa as the Valtia's power flow ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

For those who know me, you've probably seen me gushing over Sarah Fine's The Impostor Queen since before it was even published last year - it was instantly one of my favorite books. To be completely honest, this is only the second Sarah Fine book that I've read. I don't know why - her writing is magical and her characters are simply so well written that I feel like I actually know them in real life.

While readin
Moony MeowPoff
Jul 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I struggled with liking Ansa and Thyra for a while in the book. they were sort of annoying and not good annoying. Plus most of the time around 93% of the time, Ansa went around without thinking. Do first, think later and i felt that she was accsepted and forgiven too quickly. Thyra was annoying how she kept on deciving and twisting things around, and Ansa kept coming back. It was good, it just wasn`t as good as the 1th book. ...more
Jenni Frencham
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ansa has been brought up as a warrior. Even though she was kidnapped and brought to her tribe as a prize, she considers herself to be Krigere. When her people cross the lake in an attempt to raid another city, Ansa is cursed by their witch-queen. She tries - and fails - to control her curse, which has given her the powers of fire and ice, as her wounded, nearly defeated tribe treks to a city to join with a similar tribe. Ansa has to search her heart for what it means to be Krigere, where her loy ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️
Erin Arkin
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Cursed Queen is book two in The Impostor Queen series by Sarah Fine and if you haven’t read that book yet, what are you waiting for? I really enjoyed book one so of course, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book two. But…I was a bit confused. The Cursed Queen is listed as a companion and I wasn’t prepared to get a completely different side of the story but now that I finished I understand why Fine wrote the books the way she did and I honestly can’t wait to see how book three goes!

The Curse
Nicole M. Hewitt
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This second book in The Impostor Queen Trilogy takes us far from the action of the first book. Instead of continuing Elli’s story, this book leads us to the true Valtia, Ansa, who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised in a Krigere warrior tribe. Her whole life, she’s had one goal: to prove herself worthy of warrior status and to be accepted as a true Krigere. So, when she is suddenly imbued with magic, she sees
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I love how this book and the first book basically happen simultaneously. The third book sounds promising as I believe the two worlds will be clashing.
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
In the same trend as the first book, The Cursed Queen is a story with some real raw potential at its core, but again flops under short-sighted execution.

The Cursed Queen is the tale of Ansa, a young warrior in the Krigere/Soturi tribe. Stolen as a raid prize as a child, Ansa's fought fiercely for recognition and acceptance within the tribe. In the wake of the Krigere/Soturi intercepted raid on Kupari, the Krigere camp is in shambles. Over four thousand or 95% of their warriors were commited to t
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

First at all, the story of "The Cursed Queen" and the story of the first book of the series ("The Impostor Queen") take place at the same time, in other words, this book is not the second part of the first one, but explaines too many doubts of that book.

Let's begin with this review, I'm gonna try so hard to avoid spoilers xD
In this book, the main female character is Ansa, a strong and lethal ginger shorty girl who lives in a t
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May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When this book was published I was excited to read it due to have read the Imposter Queen and found it so enticing that I could not stop reading. I had higher expectations for the Cursed Queen and the story continues. I was not disappointed in the slightest bit. Anisa's story is an inspiration to a lot of girls and all of us in one way or another can relate to Anisa for the fact that we are fighters. I can not wait for the release of the third book, The True Queen and see what happens to Anisa a ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Technically did not finish. So leaving it unrated.

I'll try to pick this up again in the future but shelving this for now.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Originally on Fable's Library

The Impostor Queen was one book I couldn’t stop talking about last year. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I was VERY excited when I heard about The Cursed Queen. While this is a companion sort of novel, it is the second book in what I think is a trilogy so I recommend reading The Impostor Queen first. My review for The Impostor Queen can be found

I was sent this ARC from the publisher, this doesn’t change my review.

While I was super excited to begin The
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