four dead queensfour dead queens by Astrid Scholte
Reading: May 3, 2019
Resume: Get in quick, get out quicker.
These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region.
When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Plot: 4★ Characters: 5★ Writing: 4★

when i read other reviews on goodreads, i wasn’t sure what to expect from that book. To be fully honest, i was even afraid it would be impossible for me to read. I’ve seen such thing as ” this books tries to be too many thing in the same time” and other like that.
But, since it was inside the march owlcrate, i had to give it a go.
And, well, i spend a delightful afternoon with Keralie,in the end.

Keralie, you see, is a thief. She is most interested by her own surviving than anything else. She knows how to play with people, how to make them think whatever she wants them to think. Being inside her head was good. I’m so tired of all those heroes who are right in their minds, always thinking about de better way to do whatever they want to do. I love “grey” characters like Keralie. I love being inside the head of someone that is going to do bad things to stay alive… and even be proud of it.

That book was very good for that. It was also very good to give us the point of view of the queens, their death, just to give us a very delightful twist at the last part of the book. I was so sure it would turn an other way, that i just had a brain-bug when there was a new character for that special part. It kept me reading even if it was very late and the reason was telling me “go to bed blue, you have stuff to do tomorrow”.

Well. It was a good book. A bit rapid on some details, like how exactly work that four-queen business, or the special technology of Eonia, and other stuff, but you have to remind yourself that it is a debut, and we, readers, have to forgive errors, so authors can grow and write us more stories. And, well. the book was great beside that. Very Great.

I really hope i will be seeing more book from Astrid Scholte in the future !

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