‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’
When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold… Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.
Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?
In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other…
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book. So much. It was just utterly perfectly made for me.
Firstly, queer royalty? YES PLEASE. Secondly, political intrigue? So up my street.
Lia is so wonderful as a queen – she is struggling to not upset everyone, but equally wants to change how things are, so make them fairer. You really see her struggle, and how she looks at her decisions. I also really like the relationships she maintains (and gains) through the book a lot.
Xania is out for revenge, and while I normally don’t love that trope, it works well here. her natural distrust in people is wonderful, and it’s surprising (and yet believable) how well she suits the role of Whispers. Her slowly growing trust in the queen is utterly lovely, and I *adore* her familial relationships. Especially getting to see parents in YA that care, *and* a fab step-parent. So much joy at that. Plus Xania is a maths nerd ❤
This book also glories in the strengths and doubts of it’s characters – none of them are perfect, but they are all trying their best. The respect between characters is truly well written.
Plus the romance is so lovely and quiet and wonderful. Especially towards the end. I don’t want to spoil, but there is so much glory in how the relationship is handled.
I definitely feel that this book is one I will want to come back to and re-read.
Buy Queen of Coin and Whispers from Amazon UK.