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Death's Queen

(Death's Queen #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Nameless. Unknown. Alone.

An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch
Published March 6th 2017
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I got this book via netgalley. I was introduced to the author through netgalley because I fell in love with the first book I ever read by this author. That book was called You Are Mine and it’s a series. I LOVED IT, I own it! so this author has been on my radar since and I’ve read 3 off the books in the series and wish to read the rest. So when I saw this book and the synopsis sounded amazing I had to request it. Lucky me I got to read it!

I LOOOOOVED our main character. She’s everything I love i
Bri Martinez •Books and Bri•
An assassin queen? Could this be the second coming of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series? Umm..... NO. To be fair, I am completely enamored with Maas’ works, so it will definitely be hard to best them in my mind. However, while Death's Queen had the potential of being great, it failed to live up to any of my expectations.

“I want them to like me, but apparently I’m not that likeable a person. I’ll have to figure out another reason for them to like me, other than for who I am.” - The Nameless
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Weapenry Co-op for giving me this book to review.

Death’s Queen is a new novel by Janeal Falor which is fast paced and predictable but I never found it boring. There was action, politics and some romance but I felt that this part was a bit too rushed. I really liked this world and the idea of a drink deciding who the next Queen is. I can understand the comparison to the Throne of Glass series but as I found that series to be underwhelming, this book is much better in my op
Elizabeth Dragina
Well that was a disappointment. -_- 2.5 stars ~

You want to throw a suicidal on the throne who happens to be an assassin?

You want to slam the readers with a lot of questions then NOT answer them?

You want to make the MC a jerk who has no feelings whatsoever?

AND THEN you expect readers to fall in love with this brilliant plot!!!! Wow. Me over here, not impressed.

The summary and cover seemed interesting so I downloaded it and read it immediately. Wasn't the smartest choice of my fangirl career. I w
Chelsies Reading Escape
I read this almost in one sitting. I liked how the concept reminded me a bit of Throne of Glass without being too similar. Being forced into being an assassin at a young age her guilt leads her to drink from the cup that will kill her or make her Queen, but more than likely she believes this will kill her and free her from her guilt. Instead she accidently becomes Queen. While trying to adapt to her new role she must discover who keeps sending assassins to kill her with the help of her new Head ...more
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

*ecopy received from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love reading books with female assassin as main character so when I saw this book and it's interesting synopsis, I decided to give this a shot. I had no high expectations before going into this book but I was hoping for a quick entertaining read. I enjoyed reading this book but I also had few issues with it. I really liked the female pr
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'

Going into this book, i was pretty nervous thinking it would be a little too similar to Throne Of Glass but the only similarities were that both MC's were assassins and they had manipulative former masters. The MC from this book (we don't know her name) wasn't voluntarily an assassin and every time she kills she dies a little more inside which is why she decides she'd rather die than keep killing.

The MC's character went through an awesome evolu
Violet Stone
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book. A trained assassin becomes the new queen? How cool is that?! Imagine the political strife when the magic drink chooses her. (anyone else getting Excaliber vibes here?) There was promise.

It just didn't hit the mark.

Our new queen doesn't have a name. Her entire existence has been at the command of her Master. When she escapes and chooses death over running for the rest of her life, she finds herself at the altar of the Death Drink.

This drink chooses the new queen,
Before I start, I would like to thank the author with providing me a copy of Death's Queen in exchange for my honest review.

When I first read the blurb, I found it to be most intriguing. A nameless assassin, born only to kill, wanting to give it all up by welcoming death. Death is her only salvation from the torment she has endured, and it comes in the way of drinking the "Death Drink" out of a chalice designed to determine the next Queen, i.e. the girl who is worthy of being Queen will survive
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, dnf, 2017, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy, but as you can see, I did not finish this one.

I genuinely tried to like and even finish this book, but unfortunately it was not in the cards for me. From the start it is too close in feel to Throne of Glass series. Additionally, two assassin attempts on a new queen in less than 3 days and what? less than 10 chapters? Very annoying.

The Nameless Queen, because I can't even remember her name, tried to escape death by becoming queen, and
Apr 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
So sad but this just wasn't working for me. I was having a hard time connecting or caring about the main character. I think this was more of a me not the book issue. ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc, uno-2017
Review to come- too much left unanswered at the end for a stand alone
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Maria V. Snyder, Sarah J. Maas fans
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodread-authors
Janeal Falor does it again! She managed to create a totally new world with fascinating characters and storyline! I can't wait to read more about this queen and her world!

I received a copy and choose to review it. Thank you, Janeal Falor, for giving me a chance to read this!
Cinnia And Her Obscure Reads
Not giving it a rating since that would probably be not all that useful at this point, especially as a dnf. I figured that the least I could do after being a snarky bitch was to review it more beyond the blurb + preview and jot down some notes for the folks still interested in female assassin books in the year of our Lord 20gayteen.

- If you're wondering how the protag manages to go unnamed throughout the novel (view spoiler), it's all in first person
This is the book by this author that I was actually meant to be reading and reviewing, lol.

Like the other book (You Are Mine) I found this one very easy to read. Took me a couple of days and certainly distracted me from the other book I'm reading, which I was finding a bit dull. I liked that there was less of an obvious romance-type setup in this one. The story has an interesting premise of a country where the Queen is chosen by a magical drink that either kills the drinker or makes her queen. T
Katherine Bogle
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really gotta stop starting new books at 11pm, especially when they have a sweet premise like this.

Death's Queen follows a nameless assassin through homelessness, near suicide, awesome battles and a lot of shit our girl never expected to happen. Instead of dying when she drinks from an ancient chalice, instead she becomes queen. What a damn twist that one is, eh? She's been through so much, which is so well described that it really made my heart hurt for this poor girl. I was so pleased to see
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Death's Queen! The story starts out with our nameless assassin deciding she is done being an assassin because she hates to kill. Following this decision she leaves the only home she has ever known to live on the streets. While living on the streets, she becomes very depressed. This leads her to want to do one last, insane, thing--drink the Death Drink.

I loved how Janeal portrays the assassin's depression. It is so accurate in how more than sadness, but apathy rules her life while living
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review is up on my blog if you wanna check that out! :) https://toomuchofabooknerd.wordpress....

*Received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Death’s Queen is about a nameless female assassin who has been following her master’s orders and committing murder all her life. One day she realises how much she despises to kill and leaves the only home she’s ever known. For days she lives on the streets, her mood and will to live slowly slipping away until she decides
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: written-reviews
Tl;dr - This book reads more like a novella than a novel, and while the lack of development is frustrating in some places, the concept of a queen chosen by magic is an interesting and compelling one. Sometimes the protagonist does not come off as likable, but she certainly grows, and I’d be interested to see where she and the supporting cast go next. Worth a read.

I expected this novel to be a bit disappointing and lackluster, and while it was difficult to read at times because of the protagonist
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The thing I liked most about this book were the action/fight scenes, as they were really intense and drove the pace of the story forward. This made the book a very fast read. The plot wasn't very complicated, but had unique flairs regarding the history and traditions of Valcora that were intriguing. Also, I enjoyed the beginnings of a romance between the main character and Nash.

However, there were several things about this book that bothered me. The first being that there was very little detail
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read

I girl who wants to die rather than remain an assassin suddenly becomes Queen. An interesting premise for this book. She drank the poisonous elixir from the chalice which was meant to kill but she survived to become the next queen. It seemed to me that the characters were a bit stilted and could have been more fleshed out. I had no real feelings one way or the other for them. Also, I felt there could have been a bit more world building as most of what we learn is that there was a po
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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The Mysterious Reader
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Janeal Falor’s Death's Queen series just gets more and more exciting - and more and more fascinatingly twisted and complex - as it goes on. That’s never more so than in its third book, Death's Embrace. Ryn has so many challenges; Daros, the couple who suddenly appear (at the book’s start) claiming to be her long lost parents, fighting for her country and, oh yeah, The First Queen (caps there are definitely on purpose) and some scary magic. Luckily Ryn isn’t a simple peasant girl anymore but well ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know if this book was for me. I just didn't connect with it, the idea was pretty cool I just found myself frustrated with the main character more then anything. I was annoyed she wasn't immediately helping her people. She saw what they went through yet she seemed to be stuck in her own head with her own problems. and I mean I get it and understand why and it makes sense but it still frustrated me to the point of almost not liking it. so I am not sure if I would check out the second of th ...more
Renee Valentine
Intriguing Story But Builds Slowly

I liked the premise of the story a lot. It was different and it’s hard to find something different this day and age.

I found that the author repeated information often even though it wasn’t needed. There were often times when I wanted to skip ahead past information I already knew but was just said in a different way.

I don’t feel I got to know any of the other characters other than the main one and even then I am not sure how I feel about her. With how the story
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the most unique books I've ever read. The main character doesn't have a name! Imagine how hard it must be to write a book like that, but Janeal Falor makes it work. I gave it 4 stars because I did feel rather disconnected from the nameless assassin; I also felt like her character was a little flat. But then I also wonder to myself if that was how her character was supposed to be, because of her upbringing and her way of life. All in all, a good read!

***I received this book for
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fantastic! I loved every second of this book! I’d love to read more in the series. It’s intriguing, captivating, and keeps me wanting to learn more. It’s a love/hate relationship with the behavior of the main character. I love her strength but don’t like her brashness. She is kind to some but then quickly disregards others. I just want to read more about her. I especially love the little bit of magic being referenced to but still kept in the dark. It makes me hope for more in future
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Note : I got this book for free

In medias res is not a good way for this book to start; if I have to believe the main character goes from a heartless assassin trained by a man that she fears to someone who regrets her actions to an unwilling queen then I need more than just her deciding to run away in chapter one.

The premise is worthwhile but the execution to me felt lacking and I never felt any suspense on how things would progress.

Not a book or series I'll pick up again, though I did finish rea
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Janeal Falor has published over twenty books including the Mine series, Death's Queen, and Sands of Eppla. She lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic d ...more

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