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The True Queen

(The Impostor Queen #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger.

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Published January 2nd 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 stars

A super dramatic finish to the series, with some expected outcomes, both happy and sad.

Overall I still think the first book, The Impostor Queen, is probably my favourite of the three, but as a whole the series is quite good.
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I read the first novel in this trilogy, THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN, last year, and I absolutely adored it. Continuing into the second and third books, I am again incredibly impressed by Sarah Fine’s storytelling skills and unbeatable imagination when it comes to magic, fantasy, and political intrigue.

THE TRUE QUEEN brings both the characters Elli and Ansa together in this action-packed finale. I loved both women separately and I was so excited to see
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


The True Queen is the third and final installment in author Sarah Fine's The Imposter Queen trilogy. The True Queen tells the story of both Elli and Ansa simultaneously, unlike the first two books, switching point of views seamlessly and alternating from one to the other in current time. If you haven't read the first two books, then I will be careful not to spoil anything that happened previously. However, in order to give readers
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing feels
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this series from the start and was looking forward to the last book. I'm desperate for more f/f stories, especially in genre fiction. But WHOAH there was a massive disappointment that came out of nowhere and completely ruined my view of the series: (view spoiler) ...more
The True Queen by Sarah Fine is the final book of three total books in The Impostor Queen series, and it truly leaves no stone unturned. The True Queen is the most brutal and most relentless of the series by far, continuing upon previous tradition with The Cursed Queen (book 2), and its unforgiving and determined warpath by the Krigere horde against those who live comfortably in the surrounding city-states.

The True Queen tells the story of both Elli and Ansa simultaneously, unlike the first two
It's not cool to kill a (wonderful) lesbian character in a book series that is somewhat praised for its LGBT+ representation.
Otherwise, the plot and conclusion aren't very exciting either, and the writing is still rather dull and plain. I'd recommend readers to be content with the first two books to spare yourself the pain.
3.5 stars
Can’t believe I finished this in one day. Phew. What a journey. I’m so glad that I got to reunite with Elli after not seeing her for a book. I feel like she’s such a strong character, though I liked her better in the Imposter Queen, mostly because she sometimes acted like a brat here, always to Raimo, who was nothing but supportive and kind and didn’t deserve that treatment. But I’m so glad I got to see her again, she makes the series way better. I have to admit though, the first half
There was a bit of time between me reading the first two books in this series and me reading this one, but I fell right back into the story with minimal confusion. I think that really says something about how the author manages to make a world that feels complex but not confusing, as it was easy to follow everything that was going on. I'm happy Elli's story and Ansa's story came together in this book, as the build up to that point has been great in this series.

I felt like the pacing wasn't
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Appropriate for: age 14+

I was so excited to see how the extremely different queens would come together and I wasn't disappointed. It was action packed but also talked about the importance of self sacrifice. No swear words (yay!)

Too much kidnapping

Love isn't fair
Anka “Viva La Papaya”
I'm gonna read it, even though I only managed to get through like 100 pages of book 2.
Take Me Away To A Great Read
This was a book I had been waiting for. I was sadly disappointed! When I invest in 3 books I do not want to end up crying throughout the book and feel hollow by the end. I just felt that this book left me with nothing to be joyful about for the characters I invested in. I am not a person who needs all happiness, I love a tragedy but not all heartbreak and my soul feeling empty by the end. The writing was beautiful and I got what was being portrayed I just will say it is not what I want to take ...more
♠ TABI ♠
Another absolutely FIERCE cover!
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
The True Queen is the conclusion to The Impostor Queen series and I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book - I definitely still enjoyed it, it's just that it pales in comparison with the earlier two books. Perhaps my expectations of this book were too high or there's something that's a little bit off about the pacing behind the series. In any case, The True Queen finally brings Ansa and Elli face-to-face as our impostor queen meets the true Valtia.

Ansa has finally learned of her true
Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger. Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink ...more
Audrey Laurey
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YAY, what a thrilling and satisfying conclusion to the Impostor Queen series! The prophecy of the most powerful Valtia (Queen) has come true. However, it is shared between two, Elli who has been groomed to rule the Kupari kingdom her entire life, and Ansa, a fierce Krigere warrior. (Did they remind anyone else of Sansa and Arya?)Both of them share an unwavering loyalty to their people. They also have a shared enemy – a manipulative, bloodthirsty, and power hungry Kupari priest set on destroying ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad I read this series. It definitely had some problems (sorry to say, I'm not a fan of first person or present tense so both in the same book was not great for me), but it also surprised me, subverted my expectations, and made me truly feel for Elli and Ansa and what they went through. I loved the unique premise, even if the world could have been fleshed out a bit more in my opinion. Right now, I'm actually ready for a sequel series that shows how the Valtia deal with the aftermath ...more
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The True Queen (Imposter Queen, #3) by Sarah Fine, 374 pages. Margaret K. McElderry (Simon and Schuster), 2018. $20.

Content: Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.



Ansa has the magical power of the true queen, but she doesn’t have control of the land of Kupari. Elli has control of the land of Kupari but doesn’t have the magical powers. Elli is hoping that Ansa will rise up and be the true queen, but the warring
Ola Magick
I can confirm what I said in my review for the previous book in this series: I'm glad I chose to skip book #1.

In this last novel of the trilogy we get a dual alternat POV one from Ansa - who I always love, th eother from Ellie - who is pretty annoying and not interesting at all.

The plot was repetitive, predictable and the pacing was off: it felt both too slow and also ot ended too quickly. The relationships so diverse and beautiful we had in book #2 were almost not present in this which was too
Madeline O'Rourke
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads

I'm so very conflicted about The True Queen. On the one hand, it delivers in all the ways I wanted: there are significant character deaths, the politics are great. Yet it still fell quite flat and is left my least favourite of the trilogy.

On a positive note: Fine is a good writer and did a great job of bringing the first two novels together in this finale. Less positively, it took me a solid 150 pages to get into it; having the first series of chapters just alternately recount the same events
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenni Frencham
I really loved the first two books in this series, and although I enjoyed this one, I didn't like it as much as the previous two. This might be due to the fact that I was reading it on a day when I was staying home sick, but also this is the first book in the series with multiple narrators, and it was difficult for me to keep the two story lines straight as the narrative voices were very similar. I also felt like the ending of this story dragged on a bit more than necessary; I found myself ...more
I read this book because I enjoyed the first one, thought the second was OK, and at that point figured I was invested enough to find out how things turned out. However, I wasn't invested enough to reread the first two, which meant that I had very little memory of the many, many secondary characters, which might have reduced the impact a bit. Also, things turned out almost exactly as anticipated, with a couple twists in the middle. The pacing was breakneck all the way through -- people were ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 5-stars, trad-pub, 2018
It took me longer than it otherwise would to get around to finishing this, because my life since November has been one upheaval after another. And I can't begrude any of it, because I am objective enough to know when the universe is helping me to grow. It doesn't mean I LIKE it, mind. But I recognize when it's happening and trust that what life is showing me will lead to better things. I'm a firm believer that there's a meaning to it all, and not in a traditional religious sense. More that, ...more
Ziqin Ng
Was a little cliche at times and the ending felt like a foregone conclusion. Overall, The Imposter Queen was still my favourite book in this series and I wouldn’t have read the other two sequels if it weren’t for my amazing experience with book 1. Compared to the Cursed Queen, this book was almost worth reading—for Elli. Bittersweet ending. Writing was descriptive and pretty good, especially all the Elli POV chapters, but it still wasn’t enough to save the lackluster plot. Three stars.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
What an absolutely outstanding finale to this series! I can't even think of any criticisms. The book switched from Elli's POV to Ansa's. These were two very different and yet similar women who didn't know whether they were supposed to be enemies or friends. There was so much action in this book and so many tears. I won't give away any spoilers, but not everyone makes it out of this one. It was devastating, but still, I thought the ending was just perfect. Loved this whole series!
Jessica H
I had trouble getting into this book. I think the first book was the best in this series. Perhaps if I read them back to back I would have been more invested in them but with the lag as each was released my interested waned. I still liked Elli''s POV the best throughout the series. I think the chapters could have been shorter especially in the beginning and the pacing would have been better. I finished it, and it was ok but it took me a lot longer then it should have.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series. But I hated the second book. I thought the third book would be okay because Ellie's in it, but the second book had completely lost me. I wasn't invested in the characters anymore, I didn't really care. I also hated that Oskar and Ellie kept referring to each other as 'My love' etc, it was too much to be honest.

I really thought this book would redeem the last book, but it was already too late. I read it just to see how the series ended.
Jan farnworth
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has been an emotional roller coaster and it all finally came together when ansa and elli meet. Their some emotional death scences in this final story. Just when you think you know who all the bad guys are you get thrown for another loop. The political maneuvers are intense in this story. In the end they both do what ever is best for the land. It a wonderful story.

I felt that this relied a little too much on splashy deaths to make it work, honestly. I won't go into it any deeper than that, and I did end up liking Ansa a little more by the end of this book, but the way it was split between two radically different POVs and ideologies for the most part made it very difficult to really get into.

Elli remains my favourite character in all of this.
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