Queen of the Conquered
Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands’ colonizers, who have ...more
i showed up early to a book reading/signing last week, and once i had settled comfortably into my seat, i took this book out of my bag and started reading. the woman next to me noticed the cover and exclaimed that she had just finished it herself and loved it, enthusiastically praising its merits.
this is that kind of book. the people who love it are going to gush about it; chatting up strangers, recommending it to friends, gift-wrapping it for family members. me, i’m the jerk who ...more
Racism is insanely boring. I almost didn't think I'd have it in me to follow through all the skin-colour-themed debacles. In real life, I imagine, it's even worse.
I've got some questions to the people of the countries that practiced (or maybe still do) racism: how the fuck can people, sane and seemingly adequate, find time and will and effort and energy to go about all the racist bullshit? Were they bored? Had they nothing better to do? No other endeavours to ...more
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I am grateful to Orbit for sending me an advanced copy of this book, because I specifically requested it with high hopes and confidence in their publishing selections. With that said, I was thoroughly shocked and disappointed. This is another one of those instances where I have to say that I believe a book is objectively bad. Even when I dislike a book, I can usually find the good aspects of it in order to ...more
Earlier this year I said wasn't going to read anymore slavery books because I am tired of the sufferation. Lies, all lies. I will read slavery books if they are written like this. The colonisers are the villains and I'm not being asked to feel sorry for them or try and understand them? Yes please.
This was such a compelling story, one where I was absorbed right from the beginning ...more
Disclaimer: The amazing humans at Hachette Book Group Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of Queen of the Conquered in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.
“Burning fields, charred houses, slaughtered people. This is my legacy.”
I am so sad. I wanted to love this book so much! But alas, I did not. I think the writing style was just not for me. It might be for you though!
Queen of the Conquered is about Sigourney Rose, a woman whose family was ...more
"A brilliant analysis of power and privilege set against an ...more
On the off chance you've read Gideon the Ninth, you'll find this very similar, in that you get a group of nobles gathered in an isolated location who fight to the death to see who will inherit the crown. Just replace necromancers with psychics. Otherwise, picture Game of Thrones, but everyone's trapped on the Iron Islands and has limited armies.
Technically this book is fantasy, as it takes place in an imaginary country, and has magic. But really, this book very much reads ...more
Wow. What a truly brilliant examination of power, privilege, rights and wrongs... I highly recommend this one!
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Queen of the Conquered was a punch of a novel that I did not expect. This is an intense book that is definitely not for the fainthearted.
Queen of the Conquered follows Sigourney Rose, the last person alive in her family after a brutal attack when she was a young child that resulted in the brutal death of everyone in her family, ...more
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Likes: The world, the magic, the story itself, the ending.
Dislikes: The word 'Hate' is used every other page. I get it. They hate the MC the MC hates them. It was very repetitive. I did not like Sigourney at all. She acted like she was the good guy because she is an islander and she's a better slave master than the pale skinned Fjern and she feels guilty when she KILLS her own ...more
Queen of the Conquered is a fearless new addition to the SFF world, tackling issues such as salvery, colonialism, and the structures that perpetuate bigotry from within. Kacen Callender, formerly known as and published under Kheryn Callender, doesn’t flinch and holds no punches as he discusses these issues in a gritty, hands-on manner. He does not shy ...more
Sigourney Rose is the sole survivor of the massacre that killed her entire family when colonizers came to take over her islands. With the power of her noble family, and her status as the only free Islander Sigourney plots a plan to take down the other Islands’ Nobilities and take the crown for herself.Balancing between the hate of the colonizers and the hate from her people after being marked as a traitor she will have to use her powers to force her hand whether blood ...more
I hated with a burning passion the main character and it made it just really hard to enjoy the story. She is not a "love to hate her" kind of character, she's really just despicable. She owns slaves, kills them, want to rape them, don't stop anyone from torturing them... She dismiss everyone as "the slaves". But ...more
Big thanks to Orbit, who provided ARCs of this book at BookCon this past June! It will be published on November 12.
First of all, give me alllllll the fantasy novels written by non-binary people of color about slaves revolting against colonizers using badass magic and decade-long revenge plots. YES MORE OF THIS PLEASE.
The main character is Sigourney Rose (although she ends up with several last names throughout the book), and she’s the last ...more
I have a desire not only to live, to force others to hear my voice, but also a need to see myself succeed—to prove my worth to myself and all the Fjern and my own people. A need to see the kongelig burn.
Really, the snake on the cover was the dead giveaway our protag had major slytherin vibes to her (which I loved so much about her!!) The fantasy and setting was lush and amazing the more we read into it; however the writing couldn't
ARC courtesy of the publisher.