I have mixed feelings about this book.
The main character was a pretty great main character. I loved that her passion wasn’t something artsy like most young-adult heroines are; it was science and her thought process was like someone who would be a scientist.
So the whole story starts with someone killing basically all of the linage to the throne, including the king and his immediate family, with a poisoned cake. Only the bastard of the king, our main girl Freya, her best friend Naomi and her father lived basically.
After being moved to a safe house, everyone is scared to eat anything because no one knows who poisoned and killed the line to the king. And no one even knows anything about this new “queen” and if she is even worthy of the throne.
I will say that this was a good read. Do I find myself reading it again? Probably not. And I’ll tell you why: there wasn’t any real action. The plot is super driven by the mystery of who killed everyone and Freya becoming the ruler she has to be. But there wasn’t a huge war, there wasn’t a love-triangle… there was only deceit and mystery and a girl coming into herself.
For me, that isn’t really enough for me to absolutely love a book. But it was an interesting read and it did keep my interest for the time that I read it.
But… like, where were the dragons? lolol