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This Machiavellian fantasy follows a scholar's quest to choose the next ruler of her kingdom amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination

When the death of Iron Queen Sarelin Brey fractures the realm of Elira, Lysande Prior, the palace scholar and the queen’s closest friend, is appointed Councillor. Publically, Lysande must choose the next monarch from amongst the city-rulers
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: March 2nd 2021 by DAW
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Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ARC provided by the publisher—DAW Books—in exchange for an honest review.


The Councillor is a Machiavellian fantasy novel I didn’t know I wanted.

I think this book deserves more buzz; other than a few glimpses on social media, the only occurrences where I heard about The Councillor was from Nils and Elliot Brooks. The Councillor is a Machiavellian fantasy novel and debut by E.J. Beaton. The death of the Iron Queen Sare
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Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Councillor is the upcoming debut by E.J. Beaton, an author who you’re going to want to keep your eye on because my gosh has she created a stunning novel here. Classed as a machiavellian fantasy, this is a story filled with enigmatic characters, vibrant world-building and a plot which continuously keeps you on your toes.

Lysande Prior, our main protagonist, was once an orphan, but when she captures Queen Sarelin’s attention with her extraordinary knowledge of languages, her life at the orphana
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Anna Stephens
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Smart, intrigue-filled fantasy with excellent magic and compelling characters, this is a great debut that tackles power and privilege in a world in which magic is abhorred and magical people condemned to death.
This is not your average "magic people come out on top" novel. Instead, it's a critique of power structures that will feel achingly familiar and a cutting examination of privilege - who has it, how they keep it, and how that affects society - and particularly those who don't have it.
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
i need a moment's breather after that

a woman who likes to dominate her partners and a sort-of-but-not-quite-love interest who's very interested in being dominated you love to see it

Rep: bi mc, mlm and wlw characters
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Nikita Afsar
Oct 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
GUYS THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD OMG, I AM SHAKING THAT SYNOPSIS HYPED ME TFUCK UP
rosamund
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book.


In a world where family connections mean everything, Lysande, an orphan, is nobody. Until, that is, she taken from her orphanage by Sarelin Brey, the queen, and chosen to become part of her household. From a young age, Lysande is obsessed with writing and study, and Sarelin encourages her to be a scholar. As she grows up, Lysande juggles her scholarly work with advising Sarelin and following political intrigues within her country of Elira
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Jan 04, 2021 marked it as to-read
Fun fact: I’ve never preordered a book. I’m pretty patient, and I can usually wait for new releases to become available at my library, no problem :)

But uhhhh I need this immediately. Machiavellian politics, monsters, a lady scholar.... I am quite literally shaking.
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Highlights
~Machiavelli, if Machiavelli wasn’t a dick
~The presents are code and the code is snark
~Who gets the crown? Everybody!
~Snakes
~Forget knives, the assassins have fireballs
~Do you want some kink with your romance, madam?
~Silver > gold
~A very pretty quill
~Bookworms kick ass, actually

Everyone is touting this book as a Machiavellian fantasy, so the first thing you need to know about The Councillor is that yes, it absolutely is Machiavellian.

The second thing you need to know about The Councill
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E. J. Beaton is the author of the fantasy novel The Councillor, to be published by DAW Books on March 2, 2021. She has previously published a poetry collection, Unbroken Circle (Melbourne Poets Union), and has been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry and the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. She studied literature and writing at university, and her PhD thesis included analysis of Machiavellian poli ...more

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