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A Queen in Hiding

(The Nine Realms #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,739 ratings  ·  315 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 s
Paperback, 477 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Tor Books
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David Book one has a some romantic interests but nothing that lasts through the book. It is not a romance novel, but I can't comment on the series as a whol…moreBook one has a some romantic interests but nothing that lasts through the book. It is not a romance novel, but I can't comment on the series as a whole.(less)
Martin I can only answer for the first two books, but it's pretty clean. Sex is mentioned, but there are no graphic sex scenes. There are mentions of the kin…moreI can only answer for the first two books, but it's pretty clean. Sex is mentioned, but there are no graphic sex scenes. There are mentions of the kind atrocities associated with war, such as beheadings, rape, comfort women, but nothing really graphic. There are a couple f-bombs dropped, such as "pig-f******". I'd think 14 and above. Younger than that, you might be answering questions you might not be comfortable answering to a younger child.(less)

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Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 i
Nick 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 seri ...more
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
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Check out my review of The Nine Realms series on Booktube! ...more
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Absolutely loved it!

What a stellar, epic, coming of age story and debut novel with a model start to an amazing fantasy series. This right here is everything I enjoy in a good book from start to finish: political intrigue, elemental worship, spirits, magi, power struggles, amazing world-building, incredible settings, friendships, lies, betrayal, and love.

The book begins in Year 8 of Queen Cressa's Reign of Weirandale as she dotes over her daughter princella Cerulia's progress in her lessons with
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 ev
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.

A Queen in Hiding is a fantasy debut perfect for anyone tired of waiting for the next installment in their favourite series to release. One of the big marketing points of this book is the fact that one book in the series will come out per month from January through April 2020, making it the perfect bingeable series While I am not a series binger myself, I think that
Beth Cato
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, blurbed, fantasy
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 a
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

The first in a new epic fantasy series, A Queen in Hiding does a lot right and will be fun for high fantasy readers looking for a classic-feeling series to dive into. Set in a large, reasonably well-developed world, this book takes place over 12+years. We are primarily following a young queen and her daughter as usurpers plot to assassinate the queen and take over. As things develop, she flees and hides her daughter. Things go from there. This is full of political intrigu
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
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
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Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
kinda have to check out a fantasy series written for the purpose of binge-reading
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm convinced Sarah Kozloff is the secret love-child of Tamora Pierce and GRRM.

So Tor’s schtick with this series is that it’s a four-book series, but all four books were released in quick succession. Book one came out in January, and book four came out like two weeks ago. Great for those who don’t like beginning finished series (I’m not one of them). But there are very, very good reasons that sort of thing isn’t usual. For one thing, most authors can’t really afford to just write and write and w
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
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020
*lots of political maneuverings, strategy, and warfare. I quite liked the battle scenes, one in particular felt very similar to the Battle of the Bastards but on a smaller, shorter scale. We were following a character who was in the middle of all of the choas of battle.

*I'm very intrigued by the strategy and basically, plot movements. I quite liked a couple of the characters, but I didn't feel like we truly got to know many of them, aside from Cressa and Cerulia a bit. But even with Cerulia, it
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 surro
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 batt ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come! Yay High Fantasy!
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 vo
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 read
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.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Deeply conflicted on this one, lads.

Early on, I was convinced this was going to be a four or maybe even five-star book. The blurb had me convinced that Cerulia's mom was going to end up dead in the first or second chapter, and then we would maybe time-skip to her teenage years and see her take back her throne. Very wrong.

First of all, the balance of this book is more Cressa's story than Cerulia's. It was great to get to see her grow and find her feet as a ruler, and see the narrative go in a dir
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
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did very much enjoy this book, but I reserve 5 stars for books I cannot forget, and this is not one of those. This one is particularly welcome because of the fully realized female characters occupying a wide range of roles including queens, councilors, armed security, and many more. The story is interesting, sometimes even exciting, with some sudden and unforeseen events. But the writing is not as vivid as some others I've recently read, and for some reason the characters just weren't particul ...more
Christina Reid
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the beginning of an epic fantasy series that you don't want to miss!
I went into this completely blind, having read no more than the synopsis on Goodreads, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, after taking some time to initially get into the story. Multiple perspectives give you snippets of world-building which, while at first a bit confusing, starts to come together in a satisfying way by the end of the first book, leaving lots of potential for the situation to explod
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
DNF at page 260. It wasn’t a horrible book, it was interesting, I’m just not in the mindset for this one. It’s more political fantasy rather than being magical, which is not bad. I’ll get back to this one when I’m in the mood for it.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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, Marc
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Full review at The Quill to Live:

Today we have a full series review of The Nine Realms by Sarah Kozloff. The series is a quartet of books and in a break with publishing traditions, they all released in the same year over the course of four months. The series contains the following four books: A Queen in Hiding, The Queen of Raiders, A Broken Queen, and The Cerulean Queen. This review will be a mix of talking about the series as a whole and diving into var
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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

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