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Four Dead Queens

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Four Dead Queens

Long ago, the kingdom of Quadara was one, ruled by a single king. Upon his death, his four wives decided to divide the kingdom into quadrants that would always remain separate so that they might rule more effectively. The Eonists are responsible for scientific progress and are never to show emotions; the Archians are in charge of agriculture and are forbidden to use technology; the Ludists are known for entertainment and culture; and the Torians are known for curiosity and exploration.

The borders between quadrants mean nothing to Keralie, a Torian by birth. Her sole focus: find something to steal that she can auction off for money. Since she was a child, Kera has been thieving with her best friend Mackiel, now head of Toria’s most notorious gang. What began as petty thieving, however, soon becomes much more when Mackiel orders her to steal something that puts the fate of the entire kingdom into her hands.

"Astrid Scholte’s choice to tell the story from Keralie and the queens’ perspectives added so much suspense to the story and really enhanced the character development."

The chips containing memories stolen from the naive Eonist messenger are far more valuable than Mackiel lets them on to be, and Kera knows it. In an act of desperation, she ingests the chips and suddenly finds herself intertwined in a political plot --- someone is going to assassin the queens. Kera must find a way to warn the queens and stop the assassin before it is too late. An enrapturing tale of love, corruption and murder, FOUR DEAD QUEENS is a must read for all fantasy lovers.

The book ramped up slowly and was a bit repetitive at first. Once I got a quarter of the way through, it started to pick up, and I really enjoyed it. Astrid Scholte’s choice to tell the story from Keralie and the queens’ perspectives added so much suspense to the story and really enhanced the character development. Everyone in the book is hiding a secret, making it all the more difficult to find out who the killer is.

Overall, I especially appreciated how modern the book was. Almost all the characters in positions of power are women. Pretending to be weak, Keralie takes advantage of the Eonist messenger and steals his chips. I found the characters particularly inspiring since they were both strong and independent. I also liked how inclusive the book was. There are characters of all races and sexualities and even some with disabilities, which made Quadara seem more realistic, even though it was fantasy.

I highly recommend this book to all DIVERGENT, SIX OF CROWS and THREE DARK CROWNS lovers and look forward to the sequel.

Reviewed by Alice D., Teen Board Member on February 28, 2019

Four Dead Queens
by Astrid Scholte