Four Dead Queens Hardcover
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The book focuses on the kingdom of Quadara - like its name suggests, there are four regions to the kingdom, each so very different to the last. Ludia - the lusty region where everything is flamboyant and a game, life isn't too serious; Eonia- the intelligent region where scientific advancement is valued above all else, every person has their designated role; Archia - the "old fashioned" region, where values are upheld, like nature and agriculture; Toria - the intellectual region, where everything is questioned and education is key. Each region is strictly separate from each other. A Queen from each of these four regions rules and keeps the peace, ensuring each nation has its voice heard and its values upheld. That is, until (as the book title suggests), Queens start dying.
Keralie is a fantastic main character. She thinks she has her life sorted as a thief in the underbelly of Toria - that is, until her friend (and manager, mentor, boss) Mackiel starts making her question everything she's ever thought. Her journey to find out what happened to the Queens is also a journey of self revelation, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The book isn't just about these Queens and their deaths, it's about Keralie finding herself and sorting her life out, too. Realising she has flaws - we all do, and we can either run from them, or face them and try and fix them.
Mackiel was a menacing character, too. You could tell he just wasn't right - as much as Keralie wanted to believe that he was her friend and perhaps there was something more than friendship there, he was just using her to further his own gains.
I believe the author who wrote this book has worked on movies such as Avatar - it shows. Her world is rich and full of depth, and could well be turned into a movie or TV series, or developed into more books. There's so much to explore in the four regions, not to mention Quadara's past and how the four Queens came to rule. There is so much to explore, and the author has done a wonderful job of creating a fascinating world.
I'd thoroughly recommend this book. I could not put it down once I'd started.