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The War Queen by J.M. Robison
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it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** First off, I'm hardly a reader, let alone a fantasy reader. Even less, I'd say, a fantasy romance reader. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed The War Queen! I'll talk quickly about Part I, then II, then over all.

Part I - The War Queen started out with the main character being distraught over another failed attempt at a love life as well as being pressed to prove that women are just as capable as men. The intricacy of Altarn's self-doubt did numbers to show her vulnerability on the inside while forcing her to put up a facade of courage on the outside. Despite Altarn's immediate situation, J. M. Robinson developed the character very well. What I mean is she showed Altarn's ability to push through hard decisions, exert courage and faith when she had no other choice, but she also stayed vulnerable and self-doubting. My interest deepened with the introduction of Miraha and their God Gildeon. I enjoyed the presentation of a second storyline, especially since they ultimately tied together and each decision made influenced the other.

Part II - This part of the book made me slightly stumble, though as I read on, all was explained. The stumble for me was when Altarn was kidnapped despite the pending invasion of her country she was held captive for so long and there was no action taken by invading nor defending nations. As I said, that was explained. The explanation was brief and I almost missed it. I felt as if the story focused most of Part II on Altarn's and Kaelin's growing romance and less on the second storyline of Gildeon. The marriage of the two story lines near the end was very well written. I was hoping for more of an explanation of where and how Gildeon left. I was also hoping for a picture of how the faith of everyone either changed or remained the same, in both Blindvar and Ruidenthall. I expected a different outcome to the ending of the book, possibly hinting towards a sequel.

Overall - The War Queen is stellar! I found myself tensed during rough times, my heartbeat racing during anxious times, and teary-eyed in sad times. I actually yelled out "No!" when the book ended. It is very captivating and makes you dive into another world within your mind. Many times I found myself riding on a dirt path next to Altarn and Kaelin, then daydreaming of the sulfur steam baths at Gaynord! I would love to see another book be created from this! I can't wait to get my hands on it and read it again! I would, and already have, recommend this book to many people!

-K. Hetrick
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Reading Progress

September 30, 2016 – Started Reading
October 8, 2016 – Finished Reading
October 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 12, 2016 – Shelved
October 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read

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