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Queen of the Conquered

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  57 reviews
An ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression.

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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Orbit
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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
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
Shelves: from-publisher
I feel like this particular snake is making an appearance on all my highly anticipated SFF novels of 2019, and I'm not mad about it.


*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copies
"Focus on yourself and your ambitions and soon you'll find that you care not what a single person thinks."
Jun 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
At this point, I'm just gonna add every book with this snake on the cover. It's the exact same snake and all the books sound oh so good!
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Racism as the most salient topic
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
K.J. Charles
The premise of this book is incredible. It's set in an alt-Euro-colonised Caribbean island archipelago, where the white colonisers have enslaved the black islanders and the worst vilenesses of slavery go on. The various islands are ruled by white families. Our POV character is Sigourney, the mixed race inheritor of a white family who were murdered by the other top families and who is now scheming her way to becoming the next regent of the islands, in order to wreak revenge for her bereavement ...more
Apr 06, 2019 marked it as arc-to-read
Not only is this a gorgeous but this book is about the colonisation of the Caribbean????! I am here for any book where colonisers are the villains!
Yanique Gillana
Nov 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
So disappointing...

1.2 stars

Characters: 1
Setting: 1
World Building: 0
Plot: 2
Language: 2

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
Allison Thwaites
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Big thanks to Paola Crespo at Orbit Books for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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
Sabreena - Books and Prosecco
Queen of the Conquered


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
Kacen Callender
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks for visiting the GR page of QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED! I'm incredibly proud of this book for its unique look at a badass yet morally gray main character and for its "brutal yet beautiful" Caribbean-inspired setting. I love this book, but don't take just my word for it! QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED has two starred reviews, one from Kirkus and another from Library Journal, and it also has a plethora of amazing quotes from fellow authors:

"A brilliant analysis of power and privilege set against an
Wow. Where to begin?

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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Apr 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019
oh HELLLLLLLL yas to that cover
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow. What a truly brilliant examination of power, privilege, rights and wrongs... I highly recommend this one!

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

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,
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cinematic as h*ck.

I read an early unedited manuscript that I obtained as an employee of Hachette Book Group. Full review closer to pub date.
Sarah (A French Girl)
Nov 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
So, I'm currently reading this book. I've see a few people mention that the writing is awkward. After a page, I can confirm that yes, the writing is kinda awkward. The sentences are bloated and sprinkled with adjective that don't need to be there and strange construction.
Lauren James  (storied.adventures)
Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures

*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
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks. Thank you to Orbit for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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
Leah Rachel von Essen
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender features a lush, cinematic, violent world. In their adult fantasy debut, Callender writes of a Caribbean-inspired land where kongeligs (nobles) war, feud, and kill for power, ruling over enslaved islanders and quelling rebellions. Sigourney Rose is a black islander, but she is also a kongelig. When she was young, the leaders of this place killed her entire family: she hopes to take the throne using her kraft of mind reading and control, and get revenge ...more
Caroline 💞🐉
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs, new-adult
DNF... the plot drags, the characters are bland and boring, and the world building is so intense i feel like it’s all we focus on.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a rich and interesting fantasy, unlike any I've ever read. It's a second world fantasy based on the colonization and enslavement of the Carribean islands and its peoples. It looks at how the mentality of the conquerers can become embedded into belief systems, and how difficult it is to fight against biases you're raised into. It's absolutely fascinating and incredibly dark. It sometimes got repetitive, but this is a must-read epic fantasy for 2019.
Lorraine (Reading With Lori)
Ok...the cover is GORGEOUS. I didn’t finish reading half of the first sentence and I’m SCREAMING. I NEED THIS.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
・ 。゚: *. .* :゚. Synopsis:
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
I would rather not rate this because I really didn't like it but I don't feel like it's for me to tell if this book is good or not? As a white person I'm just not comfortable rating it.

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
Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I still think this should've had a third-person narrative..

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

Lydia Rogue
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating exploration of privilege and the nature of power. A heavy book that reminded me in many ways of An Unkindness of Ghosts. I loved the world and the magic system. It's one of those books I want to go back and reread eventually now that I know how it ends and see what I pick up on the second read-through that I missed the first time through.

ARC courtesy of the publisher.

A little too slow for me. Love the Caribbean-inspired world-building, but unfortunately for me, that is about all I found enjoyable.

I know there are plenty of people who will love this book, but it just wasn't working for me. Congrats to Kacen on their debut!
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible, compelling read. Fantastic readalike for the themes of complicity in Traitor Baru Cormorant (one of my all time favs).
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those looking for fantasy in a diverse setting, Callender has created an alternative colonial Caribbean world with a unique brand of magic
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