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A Queen in Hiding

(The Nine Realms #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.

But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has
Paperback, 477 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Tor Books
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Nick T. Borrelli
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little over 10 years ago, Brent Weeks released his acclaimed Night Angel trilogy. I remember thinking at the time how awesome it was that each book in that trilogy was being released in three successive months from October to December. Fast forward and The Nine Realms series by Sarah Kozloff is using that same marketing strategy, as each of the books in this four book fantasy series will be released from January 2020 to April 2020. So I'm already really excited that I can read this entire ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
Epic fantasy books require a special mindset, focus and time to get into. With this one I was hooked straightaway and couldn't put it down until I devoured all 500 pages of this fast-paced first instalment of Sarah Kolzloff's new series.
The worldbuilding is very thorough and ...seemingly effortless. You are in the middle of events at the Nargiz castle, home of Weirandale queens, and yet, I was not confused or baffled for a single moment. I trusted the author to provide the necessary background
Beth Cato
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, blurbed, 2018
Loved it! Blurbed it!

“A breathtaking start to a new fantasy series that abounds in magic, backstabbing, and war. This is your new epic fantasy fix, right here.”—Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth
Nathan Makaryk
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The marketing for this novel series is spot on: if you're a fantasy lover who wants to dive into a deep world without waiting years for the next installment, this is for you! With four books released back-to-back, this is binge-worthy reading.

(I, however, received an advance copy of this first book ... so I'm one of the few unlucky people who will have to wait a couple months before I can keep reading!)

But what *kind* of fantasy is it? A good question before committing yourself. Without offering
♠ TABI ♠
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
kinda have to check out a fantasy series written for the purpose of binge-reading
As a rule, it takes a few chapters for a story to find its legs . . . but, once in a rare while, one gets it hooks into with the first chapter, perhaps even the first scene. A Queen in Hiding is one of those books. With just a single page, depicting an empty Throne Room prowled by catamounts, Sarah Kozloff captured my attention and pulled me into her story.

Easily my favorite read of the year so far, this is a book where absolutely everything worked for me. The narrative style was mature, with
Amy Imogene Reads
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
What a lovely surprise! So this entire 4-book series is coming out with all four books in January, February, March, and April... wow. Hope it's good!

Thank you to TOR for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Nothing new or memorable, but a thumping good fantasy adventure. RTC
Traveling Cloak
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Queen Cressa of Weirandale comes under attack and narrowly escapes assassination, she decides to put her daughter, Princess Cerulia, in the care of a civilian family to keep her safe until she defeat can defeat the invaders for good. As the Queen battles her enemies, a Regent governs in her absence, but he has his own agenda: find the young Princess and install her in the throne so he can stay in power.

While the Regents minions search for Princess Cerulia war is also brewing with the
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come! Yay High Fantasy!
Lois Young
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a great (and believable) start to this epic fantasy series. Magic, politics, war and world-building together with a great plot and well-developed characters. And, the word "judgment" was spelled correctly! I'll be reading Book 2, immediately.

"A Queen in Hiding" is a bold debut epic fantasy novel. Sarah Kozloff creates one world with nine realms and numerous characters and conflicts which are tethered in ways that keep the attention of the readers from beginning to end (of Book 1). By the
Dec 11, 2019 added it
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DNF@ 289

This really seemed like it would be up my street - a new fantasy which has a bunch of female characters who are at the centre of the plot.

It started out strong, I liked the opening prologue/chapter which really hooked me in and the first part of the story was good, I was intrigued and ready to keep reading.

The synopsis says it's about Cérulia and to start with it is, about both her and her mother. But then the plot decides to go away from that and adds fodder to the story about
Natalie Jenner
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has not read fantasy fiction before, I was completely captivated by A QUEEN IN HIDING, the debut novel by Vassar film professor Sarah Kozloff. Kozloff has an extremely impressive ability to conjure up an entire world full of feuding states and historic divisions, efficiently introduce a vast cast of characters dealing with the often quite familiar strains of domestic and work life, and maintain an exciting plot that builds from a haunting and enigmatic prologue to penultimate ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Goodreads and TOR Books for gifting me an advanced copy.
FINALLY getting around to this review! I honestly don't know why it's taken me so long, but I guess my head has just been elsewhere.

Anyway I LOVED 'A Queen In Hiding' immensely. It's a perfect whirlwind start to an epic fantasy adventure series. Kozloff's 'The Nine Realms' series is going to be easily binge worthy with each installment being released consecutively every month - hence one in January, then February,
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was kindly gifted a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The big selling point for this book, or the series as a whole, is that one book will be released each month allowing for you to basically binge the whole series if you want to. I definitely think this is a great idea as I, for one, do not like waiting for the next installment in a series.

This book is full of things I love in fantasy, royalty, politics, plotting, scheming the lot and I really enjoyed
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Previously: Normally I would expect that books written for the express purpose of binge-reading, with four books coming out in consecutive months, would be shorter. Would a lot of people "binge" read a 500-page book each month? Not knocking the idea, but despite my intense reading habits, I would find it challenging. I suppose it will come down to how much I enjoy the first book, as I expect it will for other readers; this will be interesting to track as the subsequent
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
That was delightful. I want more.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
5 Word Review: Family, power, politics, magic, justice.

Book Beginnings: A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff
Book Review: A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

News of distant places was accepted on par with a thunderstorm seen off in the distance - a far-off disturbance that would blow over before it touched them.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I devoured Sarah Kozloff’s Nine Realm series from start to finish. Gifted with the an ARC read and review opportunity of all 4 books, I hung up the DO NOT DISTRUB sign and battened down the hatches to find myself utter sucked into a world of magic and a battle for the crown!

With all epic fantasy, it takes some time to develop and create a believable fantasy world. A Queen in Hiding was our introduction to Kozloff’s world so some time and attention is needed to really become attached to the large
Kelly Erickson
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Really not sure how I feel about this one. The story itself was interesting, but it definitely felt like a debut. The biggest problem was atmosphere; there was never a huge sense of time passing or emotion during death scenes.

Characters: not great development, which maybe contributes to the feeling of time not passing in the book. Even after an apparent 11 years, Wren has the exact personality she had as an 8 year old and isn't much smarter. It's similar for most of the characters. As the story
Rebecca Ringwood
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
All four books come out a month apart and that is the COOLEST concept EVERRR!!!! I am freaking excited yes yes sign me up
Tonstant Weader
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Queen in Hiding is the first book in the Nine Realms tetralogy. Queen Cressa learns of a plot against her and secrets her daughter, Princella Cerúlia with a humble family, a peacekeeper and a weaver. enchanting them so they have no idea she is anyone but a foundling he found while doing his peacekeeper work. Meanwhile, Cressa leads a naval war against a pirate kingdom in order to be able to come back in triumph and reclaim her throne from usurpers.

Those usurpers are determined to find the
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Tor Books*

3.5 stars

The Princess of Weirandale, Cerúlia, lives her life not knowing when she will see her mother or her home again, after being hidden away by Queen Cressa after an attempt on their lives.
The search for Cerúlia continues after Queen Cressa dies, and Cerúlia knows that one day she will need to claim back the throne.
Every queen of Weirandale has a power and Cerúlia will need to learn how to use hers to help
Erin Haggerty
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I want to give this book a 2.5 rating... lets start out by saying that... I will also be continuing the series even with this one not getting a super great rating or score. There were a lot of pros to this book, I loved the magic system that has been presented, while it is a little complex it has a lot to offer, I did struggle with all the Magi and the gods and such as each realm believes in something different which caused some confusion. The world building is so intense and thoughtful but ...more
Karen Parisot
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Queen Cressa the Enchanter of Weirandale has fled. Princella Cerúlia is in hiding. There has been a coup orchestrated by Matwyck, who now rules Weirandale as Regent. Meanwhile in another part of the world of Ennea Món, the Oros are hungry and dying. Their Magi have sent their huge army out to conquer and pillage the rest of the world. Thalen a bright, talented student from the Scoláiríum of the Free States has a plan to stop the Oros. He puts together a group of twenty-two brave men and women ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
**Received a copy from goodreads giveaway**

Solid 4 stars. I don't recap plot since many other reviews will do that for you. This is a multi-POV story. It's not my favorite format, especially when done for more than three characters as is done here, but gradually I felt less lost when there was a shift.

I was really unsure why Cressa got such a long storyline that seemed to go nowhere, but I *think* I see why once we get to the final chapters. The first half of the book took a while to read as it
Ada Ross
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is a sloppy, wildly uneven mess. The first two thirds of the book are almost indescribably slow. Adding to the injury of feeling as if you are wasting your time with a really unfulfilling book, is the insult when you realize that the entire first two acts of the three-act story are virtually unnecessary to the plot. I'm not joking. This book should probably start close to the end of the second act, with a few sentences to flesh out the backstory that is included in the book up to that ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book from Tor. All thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.*

A Queen in Hiding is the first book in the Nine Realms series with its four books set to be published January through April 2020. This first book tells the story of Queen Cressa of Weirandale who is forced to flee her throne with her young daughter Cerúlia when her reign is threatened by her councilors, led by the cunning Lord Steward Matwyck, who will do anything to take the power from her.
Oct 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: own, dnf, arc
DNF at 70%. Yeah. The basic story I like here, but all the extra is boring me to tears. I found myself skimming more and more until I just can't justify finishing this one. It is LONG. Other than the queen and princess, all the many side characters, where the story is told from their POV, just kind of blend together. She the story changes POV, it takes a while to remember who it is we're hearing from. So, I'm done.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, wishlist
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Oh, I can already tell this series is going to be one fantastic journey, not to mention now I have a much better understanding of why Tor Books has chosen to publish all four installments in quick succession, over the next few months. A Queen in Hiding is a solid novel, but it is also very clearly just the opening chapter of a much bigger, more comprehensive, powerful and important saga, and I have a feeling readers will
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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 30 years.

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

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