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The Cerulean Queen

(The Nine Realms #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  829 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Sarah Kozloff's breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy series The Nine Realms, which began with A Queen in Hiding, comes to a thrilling conclusion in The Cerulean Queen.

The true queen of Weirandale has returned.

Cerulia has done the impossible and regained the throne. However, she's inherited a council of traitors, a realm in chaos, and a war with Oromondo.

Now a master of
Paperback, 495 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Tor Books
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Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss2020
A satisfying conclusion to an extremely well-written series.
I was very happy to see the way Sarah Kozloff focused on what is usually glossed over once the main character defeats their enemies and returns to power. The war and internal conflicts raged too long and changed not only Cerulia, but her subjects as well. Now that she is the queen, she needs to re-build her state and make it functional again. Similarly to the previous three instalments, we see great character development and masterful
I received this ARC copy of The Cerulean Queen form Tor Books - Macmillion. This is my voluntary and honest review. The Cerulean Queen is set for publication April 21, 2020.
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Following a whirlwind release schedule, the four-part Nine Realms series has finally come to a close, and quite honestly, I’m a bit torn as to how I feel about this concluding volume. While it was both invigorating and satisfying enough for an ending, the path the overall story took wasn’t like anything I expected and it’s possible that may have biased me from the start.

The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff picks up right
Traveling Cloak
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Cerulean Queen, the exciting fourth and final book in the Nine Realms series, author Sarah Kozloff details the fate of Cerulia, Weirandale, and the Free States. Last we saw, Cerulia was back in Weirandale under the guise of Wren – her adopted childhood name. Her foster sister was marrying Lord Matwyck’s son, the same Lord Matwyck who seized control of Weirandale after Cerulia’s mother fled. Thalen’s Raiders have just finished a battle with the Oromandos, who are resetting their army and m ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, fantasy, 2020
This book could have been tightened up quite a bit. Actually, that's true for all the books. The last two I resorted to reading the ebook after listening to the first halves because they were soooo slow.

There's an actual whole chapter on how unhappy Cerulia is with her dresses for the Festival and how Stahlia figures out how to make them better. Because the renowned dressmaker, the Expert in Fashion and Style, couldn't figure it out. A whole chapter on fucking dresses. This did not advance the p
Stephanie *Spunky Avenger*
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The long awaited final book, OK so it only took a few months to come out, which I loved about this author. She made sure that each book came out a month after the next. No waiting years between I think that is one of my favorite things about her, as well as get fantastic ability to make you feel like your part of the story.
The cerulean queen was the icing on the cake. This story was about Cerulia becoming queen and how she honored all those who fought with her parents as well as herself. But th
Ryan Irwin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent finish to an excellent series.

LOVED the quick release of the completed series!

With the exception of a few misses that an editor should have helped with, I am super impressed with this series and looking forward to reading more from Kozloff.

Not only is the writing superb but the audiobook narrator is one of the best around. So thoroughly enjoyed listening to and reading this whole series.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and rating are for the series as a whole. Each book would rate 4-4.5 stars but overall I thought the series deserved 5 stars.

I binge read this series - one after the other. What a great boon to have all 4 books released in a period of three months. This was one of those series that I hated to see come to an end. There were struggles, violence, and a lot of characters lost throughout the series - many of whose losses I found heartbreaking.

One thing I really thought well done was the
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a thrill! This series was fantastic that I read it in two-week span. It brought me out of the reading funk, but put me right back in as soon as I had finished this last installment. 😭 I want more of Cerúlia, Thalen, and Catalina. 😍
Moira Burke
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The series is highly bingeable, if not particularly polished. Plot points get resolved too quickly or are elided entirely, and the fourth book is mostly boring denouement. But it’s an easy page-turner.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*some spoilers ahead*
Stars are for the whole series. This was a vastly imagined, epic adventure with a slow-build climax and a wide array of characters. My favorite of the 4 books was definitely ‘Raiders’ and while I loved the separated-by-fate love story and the final battle, I was disappointed in how easily Sumroth and the Oros were defeated. The series’ loose ends were quickly tied up but felt abrupt and was the reason I took away a star. Overall very readable, enjoyable and I’d read more fro
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Nine Realms is in a way, a traditional fantasy series, but Kozloff has crafted such a rich world, and tries to place less reliance on the conventional characteristics that are found in traditional fantasy works. Her characters are explicitly described with darker skin and in either Book 1 or 2, but the focus from skin colour is diverted to hair colour instead with certain hair colours being more 'desirable' than others, at least in Weirandle where the main character (Cerulia) is from.

Kozloff too
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is it! I reached the final installment! What to do? What to do next? I am lost without the Nargis Queen and her Raider Commander. What an exciting journey it had been! I followed Cerulia from a young age fleeing the night of assassins, as to the day of finally reclaiming her throne. A difficult journey against some formidable foes. Some likeable characters lost, wishing they’ll rise from the dead, and some unlikeable can definitely remain dead, dead! Thank you Ms Kozloff for an amazing adve ...more
Clay Harmon
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love about Sarah's writing style and storytelling is that it wraps you up like a warm blanket. Not because it's over indulgent or fuzzy or anything like that, but because you become fully encompassed within what she's created and sometimes you can just sit back, relax, and just bask in what you've been transported to.

Sometimes there's a strong 'traditional fantasy' feel to her books, but anyone who's reading the review to the last book in the series knows that already. However, Sarah
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Lisa Brown
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
The fourth and final installment of the Nine Realms series and the story of Cerulia and her eventual return to power as the queen Weirandale. Although it seemed that her troubles should be over now that she is finally queen, they are just beginning, as she must gain the trust of her people, discover the loyalty (or lack there of) of those around her, and help put into place many of the changes that she dreams of for her country. Not to mention that her heart still belongs to the Freestater comma ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally, answers to all our questions!

I think this was the volume that built the most suspense in all series, where you just had to read to find out not what happens (because, you know, everything HAS to be all right), but HOW it happens!

I held my breath reading these books and was totally immersed in their story. In this final volume, all the plots and narrative lines finally get to come together and you can now *almost* get some sleep because things fall in their place.

As much as I wanted to f
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound. This may be the best series I've read in the last 5 years.

Kozloff creates a world that is more than imagined. Her delicate layering of story represents mastery of the craft. As she constructed her narrative and story ark, it is clear that her choices were deliberate and thought out.

The conclusion is so satisfying, to say the least. In her story telling, the author forces the reader to take a more realistic approach to fantasy. The length and scale of the character development was sho
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was problematic for me to rate.

Things I think went well in this book:

-The book focuses more on Cerulia.
-Most of the plots get tied up.
-There is actual conversation instead of accusations to resolve issues between two characters.

Things I didn't think went well in this book:

-There were POVs that weren't needed.
-The book could've been tightened up by cutting a lot of scenes that didn't advance any plot or sub-plot. There was also a sub-plot just to get characters out of the city and it f
Erin (thatwritergirl)
The Cerulean Queen does a good job tying the events of the last three books together into a satisfying conclusion. The reason it is getting four stars rather than the five of the previous ones is that it was actually a lot slower than I expected. Cerulia has to adjust to her life back in Weirandale and transition from ‘peasant’ to queen. While I am all for that, I did not think that would be most of the novel. The action was relegated to the last hundred pages, and even then it almost felt too e ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved The Cerulean Queen. It was such a great finale! Book 1 was a bit hard to get into and book 3 was a little slow, but it all came together in a great finale and it was worth the read.

It was so exciting to see Cerulia reclaim her rightful place on the throne and finally be mature enough to truly fight back against those who tried to silence her. Between the various spirits and the allies she met along the way, it was finally time.

I loved the will-they-won’t-they between Thalen and Cerulia,
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this series and its characters. It’s not perfect, especially the pacing, and I’m not sure if it would satisfy folks who read a lot of fantasy, but I just loved the world and themes and all the heart this series has. I especially like how it’s epic fantasy written by a woman and you can tell. There’s special attention paid to characters you don’t normally see in epic fantasy - the mothers and children and grandparents. There’s a lot of sensitivity in this series and I really ap ...more
Sandy Schleich
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read the last book in this series. I Loved Cerulia throughout the series. Now that Cerulia is home, she must devise a plan to get into the throne room. That room is locked and guarded by her enemy’s guard. Cerulia has the help of the animals that guard the throne room and other animals and allies throughout the castle. After entering the throne room, Cerulia must figure out who her allies are and who is against her in the castle. This book is not just about how Cerulia is to ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous conclusion to a captivating series, I loved the way the author brought the struggle of fixing a nations problems after war to this story. It made it more believable that cerulia didn't just step in and be queen with no problems. All the loose ends were tied up and I loved every second of this series.
I feel sad now its finished I loved the characters so much. Will definitely look out for more by this author in the future, this series has reawakened my love for fantasy and I st
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle M
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly it would have been a full 6 if there weren’t so many loose threads that aren’t explained, even with the two epilogues. Also, some thing that I thought would have been important (beloved councilor??) were not addressed as quickly as I would’ve thought they would be. Also some things (deaths) were glossed over when I don’t remember reading about them?? Also also, some unnecessary deaths. All in all, I liked the story as a whole, thought the endings were a bit rushed, but I would lov
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
What a great ending to the Nine Realms series! After I found the first book, A Queen in Hiding, and thought it sounded like a great book, I was so excited to find out that there would be only four books in the series and that they would be coming out in consecutive months. This makes for such a great reading experience; you don't have a whole year in between books to forget everything that happened. If you're even a little bit interested in Fantasy, I highly recommend this series. I already can' ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This installment was a good conclusion to Cerulia's story. Although I think books 2 & 3 were the strongest in the series, The Cerulean Queen tied together the plot elements while leaving enough room that the story could potentially continue beyond Cerulia. With the amount of world building in this series there are opportunities to create prequels and/or stories beyond the current reign. Hopefully the author will bless us with such things.

There were points where I felt the story moved a little s
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a great series? No. Was it a good series? Sure. I'd recommend reading it to just about anyone. You feel like you're immersed in the history of the world and you care for each of the characters even if many are more one dimensional than they should be.

My biggest gripe is that everyone is morally evil or good. I missed that middle ground where a good person could maybe do bad things or visa versa. It would have added more interest for me.

My second biggest gripe is the end battle of this book
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Sarah Kozloff has had three careers.

In the late 1970s, she worked in production on features, documentaries, television shows, and commercials in NYC.

Following a Ph.D. from Stanford University, she became an academic, teaching film history at Vassar College for 31 years.

In recent years she has re-invented herself as a novelist. Her four volume, epic fantasy, THE NINE REALMS, was published by TOR an

Other books in the series

The Nine Realms (4 books)
  • A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms, #1)
  • The Queen of Raiders (The Nine Realms, #2)
  • A Broken Queen (The Nine Realms, #3)

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