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The Queen of Cursed Things

(The Serpents and Kings Trilogy #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Please note: A revised version of this book was released in September 2019. Some of the reviews below may reflect the old version.

She’s the last member of a cursed and deadly clan.
He’s the crown prince with a dangerous secret.
Together, they’ll save the empire. Or destroy it.

Decades ago, the High King of Sundolia waged a war that vanquished the serpent clan and drove
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published September 12th 2019
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S.M. Gaither Hi! Unfortunately, The Queen of Cursed Things isn't available at the moment. I took it down a few months ago so that I could re-edit, re-brand, and…moreHi! Unfortunately, The Queen of Cursed Things isn't available at the moment. I took it down a few months ago so that I could re-edit, re-brand, and re-launch it when its sequels were closer to ready-to-go (it's the first of a planned trilogy) and when I could focus more fully on it all. Kind of a long story, but basically just doing what's best for the book and readers in the long run! Sorry for any disappointment this might cause. I'm planning to launch this 'author's preferred edition' in early 2019! You can keep up-to-date with it and my other books at :)(less)

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Kira Simion
Sep 01, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-to-read
Really thought this would be about something else because of the title, but it still sounds intriguing!
Faith M ✨
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dragons and strong female characters
I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. I also only read the ARC until about the 50% mark, at which point I read from the published edition. All quotes are checked against the published edition and are not subject to change.

“Curses are blessings in disguise, sometimes.”

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Alaya is the last of a powerful clan, living in secret amongst the clanless and forgotten. But even in the most hidden
*New Edition Review*

this is a republished book with some change to the original story line. It's more fleshed out and, thus, more clear what's happening. All of the prior problems I had with the last book were re-edited and confusing relationships became very clear, which was good.

Fear not, however, if still want the story of a somewhat aloof prince , cursed girl trying to do good, then look no further, this is still, at the core, a fantasy romance.

I'd like to do a more in-depth comparison of
Thank you Kindle Unlimited for bringing this book to my attention!!

So lately I've been on this huge Fantasy binge, which I am not complaining about, just wanted to state the fact.

The Queen of Cursed Things was so interesting and way different than what I thought it was going to be about. It just throws you into the action from the first page and it takes you on an adventure. At the end, it's about forgiveness and some deep ass down soul searching. It is definitely a page turner my friends.

Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: This is a republication of a book that I previously enjoyed. Except now, things are fleshed out much better. The inherent story of a prince and cursed girl still stand. So, if the fantasy romance you're into, look no further. I plan to do a bit more comparing between the two editions and how this one is much improved, but I'll save that for a later day when I have a bit more time. Overall, I love this book. It's unique and I would devour the second book in like 5 seconds if it came out ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review.

First of all, S.M. Gaither most certainly has a way with words. The use of prose in this book is absolutely lovely. The descriptions are enthralling, the world building is intense. That being said...I was surprised that I had such a small connection with the characters. I liked Alaya, and Sade - and the Crown Prince - but I did not LOVE them. Actually...I had to set the book aside for a couple of days when work
Jessica Landberg
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4,5 )

This is a revised edition and I received an ARC from the author. I haven't read the first edition, so I can't compare the two, but I'm very happy with this one!

The world building is rather complex, with different clans being "guided" by different gods and goddesses, but a glossary in the beginning makes it quite easy to understand. The characters feel thought-out and I really like Alaya and her friends Sade and Kian. The Rook prince I was a bit unsure about to begin with, but he grew in to
Daniell Marsh
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure about this book in the beginning as sounded like a lot of different clans or people at first and thought it might be hard to follow. I actually started it and set it aside as had problems concentrating as was getting a migraine. Well when I came back a couple days later found my fears were groundless. The story get told in a way that makes it easy to follow the different people so that it is not confusing. I did like the story and characters and it was left with more to follow it ...more
The Mysterious Reader
There's lots to enjoy about this book. First, the works building is excellent with its intricate society structure and hierarchy denoted by markings. Next of course are the characters. Alaya is herself nicely layered and fascinating. It's a pleasure watching her develop as she deals with what's thrown at her, and the supporting cast of characters is equally strong. Finally, the plot, well written and full of adventure for our heroes to go through. As noted, lots to enjoy. I'm glad I downloaded ...more
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received an ecopy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

I was excited to read this, and more so after hearing a friend of mine recommend it. She loved it, and as soon as I started, I could see why! Easy to follow, yet interesting and exciting, with characters that are beautifully real and complex. and a plot to match!
Bookish Addict
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of fantasy and magic and this book delivered. I liked that this book has a different concept and the author created a wonderful world. There are clans based on the mark you're born with linking them to their associated God which determines their magic and hierarchy. There are a lot of moving parts in the book that kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Note: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read from this author and it was a very interesting read. I really did enjoy it and would definitely read more from her.
Tiffany Bolden-lewis
Loved everything about this story from the action at the beginning to the forgiveness and soul searching at the end. Can't wait to see what happens next for the Rook and the Dragon!
Minni Mouse
DNF at 6% because I get this will be a 2-3 star book.
Alyssa Danielson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars. I'm surprised by how much I liked this book. I mean, there are a ton of elements that make it totally up my alley, but still. I'm pleasantly surprised by how good it was!

There were parts of the storyline that reminded me of other stories in the genre, but there were also elements I haven't seen anywhere else. I enjoyed the little bit of romance sprinkled in, and I especially liked how it wasn't overdone or insta-love
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised.

The plot was well thought out with all the fun twists and turns and all scenes and environments were well detailed and well described, making it very easy to stay within the story.

The characters were well written, each with his or her own issues, past, hopes, and fears. You walk alongside them along their journey, each with their own agendas. You see and feel them grow more into themselves, closer to each other, or
Brittany Smith
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The attention to detail, world building and the thought that goes into creating a whole new realm is fascinating in this book.

With so much detail I will say that it was a slow start that led to a slow burn that ended in fire! The ending chapter will have you gripping your book/ebook in suspense and wanting the next one for sure.

The characters are fantastic and the story is full of twists and turns. You never really know who to trust and it’s that excitement that pushes you forward.

I did enjoy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Was not sure what to expect when I received the ARC of this newly revised book. The fist 1/4 of it went a bit slow for me. But, after that it sped up and captured my attention. I actually couldn’t put it down.

The book brushes in friendship, betrayal, prejudice, family and the start of a romance. I am Looking forward to continuing Alayna’s story.

* edit... Just read for a second time! LOVED it even more!!
Linda Gavino
This was really hard to review. The first third was a solid 4-star read, then it became a 3-star and by the ending I was totally uninvested. I loved the beginning, and was intrigued by the female friendship, the snug prince and so on. Then things got confusing. And overly complicated. There was one twist that I thought was cool, but... the world building that started off as intriguing didn’t get deep enough. So it’s a 2.49 stars from me.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well worth the read!

It took me a couple chapters to get into this book but it was so worth the read!! Love this series! Love the main characters!!
Yvette Baliko
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2020, own
Rating: 3.5
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book gave me mixed feelings. On one hand, I wanted to love it, and I almost did. After all, it's a strong female lead, dragons and royals, and enemies to lovers. The story is great. The writing is great. I love the author's style, her humour, the stunning descriptions. It was an enjoyable read.
On the other hand, I just wished that the author had spent more time editing. I know that this is a revised and
E Varady
Dec 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Completely disappointing

While this book has an intriguing premise, it moved at a snail's pace and the main character is completely useless. The plot seems to inch along, days getting jumbled; the storytelling is inconsistent. One chapter will address a day or two, but then suddenly tell you you've actually moved through a week or two with no evidence to back it up. It feels like the author had no sense of time. In all, it feels like maybe 2-4 weeks pass in the book, and almost nothing gets
Jenny Beuerman
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I want to preface this review with a explanation as to why I took away 1/2 star - I saw the book cover (yes, I was judging by the cover) and immediately wanted to read the book. It took me a few days to find the time to actually start The Queen of Cursed Things and in that few days, my mood had changed and I wasn't that enthralled with the idea of the book. I started reading and was not thrilled, not because the writing was bad or the plot wasn't good, but just because I wasn't feeling
I recently had the opportunity to read Skykeeper by S. M. Gaither and thoroughly enjoyed it. Therefore, when I was notified by Hidden Gems that she had another book available through them, I immediately requested it and was super excited when my request was accepted.
The story immediately drew me in, but as it continued, I slowly grew more and more disappointed. Overall, it just felt rushed, especially as it got closer to the end. I recall seeing the little counter at the bottom of my Kindle's
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody does fantasy romance quite like S.M Gaither!

I didn't have the pleasure of reading the original of this book but admire the decision to re write as the author was not content with how the original turned out.

The book has a slow start before any major action happens, however this is not a bad thing as the author uses this time to build the world for you. One of my favourite things about this book was its ability to transport me to another world and actually envision the characters and
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC of this book via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

First can we all take just a moment to drool over that cover?! It’s stunning and y’all the story matches. The Queen of Cursed Things by S.M. Gaither is the first in a planned trilogy about a young woman with a deadly secret. This is high fantasy at its best, and if that’s your thing, then you don’t want to miss it!

Alaya is an orphan living in a small town on the outskirts of
Lydia Gallagher
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of the new edition, this is the only edition of this book I have read.

Really enjoyable fast paced fantasy story with a slow burn romance. Four very different and well developed main characters, a great plot focused around a cursed girl, her childhood friends and a loner prince with his own secrets. Great world building - enough detail to immerse you but it didn't slow down the flow of the story. Interesting magical system which I thought was quite original and the plot was
Claudie Muchindu
This is probably close to a 2.5 because I really enjoyed the world building and an actual female friendship I loved and rooted for even though I'd have appreciated more depth to that than the potential love interests. I needed to know Sade and Alaya more as a unit.

I will probably read the rest of the series when it is re-launched as I believe this is a beautiful universe that the author created and I'm invested enough to continue the journey with these characters but I want more...depth.

Also, a
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