(received an ARC copy of The Queen’s Wing from NetGalley – in exchange, this is my honest review)
3.5 out 5 stars
May include mild spoilers.
THE QUEEN’S WING by Jessica Thorne tells the story of Bel, an unlucky daughter to a man who unfortunately acquires the throne to her home planet, through ill-fated means.
Bel sets herself apart as a duty-driven fighter with passions that leave her wanting more from her life. Faced with the hardest decision of her life, Bel stands up and does her duty, which is to be shipped off and married to a man she’s never met. Automatically, she’s set apart from other YA heroines, who tend to run from the line of duty. Sometimes duty isn’t all bad, right?
Except for the fact that we’re also introduced to a love triangle. Now, to be completely honest with you, I’m a sucker for a good love triangle. I loved Cassandra Clare’s ‘The Infernal Devices’ trilogy, and so far, it is probably one of the best I’ve read. Initially, I wasn’t too fond of the romantic relationship between Bel and Shae, though I do have to admit: Jessica Thorne did the love triangle well! I was honestly surprised with the direction that it took that I no longer hated the relationship but rather liked it, especially after what happens in the book. I will admit that I WAS a die-hard Con fan, so I will have to say that his introduction was PERFECT.
By the way, if you’re looking for a male character that doesn’t fit the whole ‘tall, dark and brooding’ stereotype, then look no further! Con is amazing! That’s all I have to say.
We’re also immediately introduced to the world in chapter one, and it isn’t as mind boggling as one might believe. Jessica Thorne does a well-rounded job at familiarising us with this world in the first chapter without over doing it, or completely confusing the hell out of us. The politics is easily lain out for the reader, and Thorne doesn’t confuse us with overly wordy political systems and world building, which I’m glad for, because there is so much going on in this book. Not only is it fantasy, but it has heavy sci-fi influence that gives the world a more… interesting approach.
I loved the concept of this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the world building. The world building in itself is what had me hooked, because it was so… different. I enjoyed the plot, too. I honestly wasn’t too sure what to expect. There were times where I could see certain things coming, and other times where I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, I wasn’t expecting what happened about halfway through the book, and it made me SAD. Which was totally unexpected.
Finishing this book, I found the ending to be very… slow. The first half of the book was great; given the amount of time I initially had to read the book, I flew through the first half and really enjoyed the world-building and the characters, and then all of a sudden, the book slowed down and what was supposed to be tension building scenes turned into anti-climactic dribble. I enjoyed the book a lot, but I found myself unable to get into the second half of the book, and because of that, I was considering DNF’ing the whole thing, which is something I didn’t want to do considering it’s my first read of the year. BUT, once I hit that remaining 10-15% mark, I was engrossed in the story once again. And I loved it. I finished the book happy and quickly after hitting that point, which is why I can happily upload this review without incident (or DNF’ing it).