Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly, and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne. Read my review of Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas.
Book Review: Long May She Reign
In the opening pages of the book, we meet Freya. She is at the royal birthday celebration and as appalled by the indulgences of the party.
Freya is a scientist, attending the royal party for the King. A gift at the party excites her and gives her a new idea for an experiment. She leaves, with her friend Naomi to return to her laboratory where she works on the trial long into the night.
The party goes on without her while she experiments. In the morning her distraught father awakens her, shocked she is alive. The cake at the party was full of poison, and hundreds of royals are now dead including the entire royal line. Freya, twenty-third in line for the throne, is now Queen.
The book reminds me of a Kristen Whalen Turner book (fantastic if you haven’t read them). We don’t quite know who is good or bad, enemy or ally, throughout the book.
We follow Freya as she tries to make everyone happy, do the right thing, and maybe solve the murders. I loved the pace of the book, and it was a quick and easy read.
The characters in the book are well written, and I found myself liking most of them, even the “bad guys.” I only wanted to smack Freya about half the time.
Finally, we find out what happened, and the book ends on a happier note then it starts.