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A Queen in Hiding

(The Nine Realms #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  50 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, 463 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: 2020, fantasy
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: 2018, fantasy, blurbed
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
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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
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.
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.


Maps needed
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
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
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
Dec 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
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
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.
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
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC copy of A Queen in Hiding from Tor Books - Macmillion. This is my honest and voluntary review. A Queen in Hiding is set for publication Jan. 21, 2020.
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
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
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: arc, dnf, own
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.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Queen in Hiding is the first in an epic fantasy quartet, The Nine Realms, by Vassar professor of film Sarah Kozloff. Kozloff received a four-book deal with an unusually rapid publication of all four novels in The Nine Realms series at a monthly pace between January and April 2020. The Queen of the Raiders will publish in February, The Broken Queen in March, and finally The Cerulean Queen in April.

The story, set in the world of Ennea Món, opens at the end of the troubled reign of Cressa, the
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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

Firstly, I want to say thank you so much to Tor Books for sending me an early copy of this book, I really do appreciate the opportunity. This was sold to me as for fans of “Naomi Novik, Victoria Aveyard, Michael J. Sullivan, and Brent Weeks with potential crossover with readers of Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas and Kristin Cashore. As I am sure you can understand after reading those comparisons I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I was NOT disappointed. This book is a must read for
Claire Knight
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The more you learn, the more you discover your infinite ignorance’

This quote says it all. At the beginning of this book I thought I had it all figured out, I got restless with all the backstories and bemoaned the slow pace of the plot.

Well I can hold my hands up and say I was wrong. As I delved deeper into the rich tapestry of storylines and learnt more about the individual characters and how they interwove together I became aware of my own ignorance.

Kozloff does everything for a reason. What
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
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff is an ARC I received from Goodreads, that is part of a four book series that will be released once a month in sequence from January through April of this year. Though it claims to be an epic fantasy, I found it to be more like an overwritten script for a Netflix series. Many authors wish to follow in George RR Martin's footsteps with a Game of Thrones epic fantasy, but few have the narrative power of Martin's political gore-and-sex-laden books. Kozloff's prose ...more
Franc Cassar
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
** Recieved ARC from goodreads contest **

At first I didn't know what to think about this book. I would start to get into it, but then it would jump ahead and lose me again. But, about 2/3 of the way through, I figured out what was going on and how the story was being built up. The book is split into 6 parts, and from the veiwponit of a few different characters. The first 4 parts were more of a telling of the major events that effect the motivations of the characters that will probably be
Jan farnworth
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Epic Fantasy at it best, it nice and long so you have plenty of time to establish world building, the magical system, and the political intrigue that surrounds our princella in hiding. I was entranced from the first page tell heart stopping ending. I did get a bit bogged down while the war parts were thrown in but those parts are necessary for the whole scheme of this story to work.If you watched the recent Witcher story then this has echoes of what plays out in that series. You have a ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This book and series read as ambitious. A quartet with each book being published a month apart (beginning in January). This book - attempting to show war through all the sides.

Unfortunately, it just didn't work for me. There is too much going on and far too many characters and POVs. I understand what is being attempted, but I just started getting bored.

Also, the Regent is an over the top villain that I had difficulty taking seriously (it's mentioned more than once that baby animals were used
Traci L.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
As someone who doesn't usually really read fantasy novels, I can't recommend A Queen in Hiding enough. Sarah Kozloff developed a whole fantasy world using her amazing writing skills. The novel has betrayal, war, magic, love and death. The first novel is centered around the betrayal against Queen Creesa of Weirandale. This betrayal sends the Queen and her daughter princilla Cerulia into hiding. Cerulia is placed with foster parents who are unaware of who she is. Throughout the novel the Queen is ...more
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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

Other books in the series

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