Long May She Reign by Rhiannon ThomasLong May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Long May She Reign

byRhiannon Thomas

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

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 the 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.

She may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, she knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom—and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisers. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Title:Long May She ReignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062418688

ISBN - 13:9780062418685

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting... Actual rating is 3.5 but 3 stars is too low. I am pleasantly surprised by this book. It's a cute murder mystery that feels like historical fiction but is actually fantasy. I absolutely loved that Freya used science and logic to solve her problems (a rarity in North America). There's a little bit of romance but it's super low key. It's a little too Disney-fied of an ending for my liking but a decent fantasy stand alone. It does really lack (and by lack I mean there really isn't any) world building. It doesn't necessarily hurt the story since the focus is the murder but it was kinda disappointing. I expect world building in a fantasy. I also wish there would've been more information or a bigger role of the Gustafson rebels. The author kinda forgot about them or gave them way too large of a role without any real wrap up.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from such a great feminist fantasy for girls who love to sleuth! Every so often, I think of this book and smile. It’s not that it’s a perfect book by any means. It has it’s pitfalls. But for what it is, Long May She Reign is a delightful, charming read. The biggest thing that charmed me was the protagonist. Fraya is refreshingly different from the YA fantasy heroine trope. She’s not kickass. She’s not girly. But she’s also not a damsel in distress. Instead, she’s smart and resourceful and fit to take important matters to task. And she’s not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what is right. I should, perhaps, preface this with the plot. Right from the first chapter, Thomas places her readers in this lavish, beautiful royal feast. Everyone’s gorgeously dressed in elaborate court outfits, acrobats and contortionists are performing between tables, and doves fly out of a pie. It’s big and bold and she’s making a flashy statement from the get go. What I love about this set up is that it perfectly reflects the greedy conspicuous consumption of this corrupt king and really creates the tone for the remainder of the novel. Just when you think we’re getting this beautiful, over the top royal aesthetic for the rest of the narrative, the entire court dies of poisoning. And in one fell swoop, Fraya becomes next in line for the throne. What remains is a twisty, turny murder mystery on a large scale, paired with some admirable character development on Fraya’s part. There’s a certain quiet dose of classic Sherlock Holmes in this. Unlike many fantasy novels these days, Long May She Reign is far from action packed. Instead, Thomas brings the excitement back to a more cerebral level as we watch Fraya use her science smarts and cunning to unravel the whodunnit. Effectively, she’s Watson and Holmes all rolled into one and I love that in a female protagonist. Although this novel is essentially set in a medieval fantasy plot, there’s something about it that feels very Victorian. Fraya’s scientific reasoning harkens back to the early days of forensic science, when doctors were still trying to discover how to detect arsenic in everyday matter. Rarely ever do I see female characters engaging in science in young adult novels and it brings me so much joy to see Fraya really excelling at it and revelling in her work. She’s not ashamed of being a scientist, nor does she bow to anyone’s will if ever they tell her it’s not her place to do such investigations. Her scientific curiosity makes her a very different kind of fantasy queen, and a much needed one at that. Fraya is not a girl who ever expected to become queen. About a dozen down the line to inherit the throne, she was not meant to become queen. Yet it happens, and at first, she’s reluctant. She has grand plans to make the next great scientific discovery and invent something useful enough so she can gain notoriety and get out of her greedy town. She’s got aspirations beyond the kingdom. She wants to make something of herself. And at first, becoming queen isn’t going to grant her that. Of course, in time, she comes to realise how corrupt the court truly is and she starts to realise that she has a voice, and she’s in control. She calls the shots and no one else. People will try to pull her strings and manipulate her into doing what they want, but she wants none of it. The minute she has that epiphany, it’s her way or the highway. No more lavish spending, the poor are going to get their due, she really pulls it together despite the odds. This is exactly what I need out of female characters! I need girls who get shit done! Because that’s exactly the type of role model young girls need right now more than ever! We need to be teaching them that they can do science. They can be effective leaders. They have a voice! I am beyond thrilled to see Rhiannon Thomas sharing such a message, and I’m excited to see what she does in the future because true, self-aware, feminist YA authors are few and far between. And they deserve all the attention we can give them.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic I really loved this book, exciting, smart and is not part of a series
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from rich new twist to fairytale retellings! For Those Who Enjoyed: The Sineater’s Daughter, The Lie Tree, Uprooted, Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass, Truthwitch, Caraval, The Night Circus, Pantomime This novel opens with doves flying out of a pie. Right away, you know the story is a fairytale nod, and therefore know exactly what you’re getting. I personally appreciate the reference to more obscure nursery rhyme aspect of fairytales, so I’m drawn in by the first paragraph. Although the narrative is on the simpler side in terms of fairytale narratives, there’s a lot going on in the opening chapter. The immediate first impression of the protagonist suffers from a minor case of special snowflake, not like other girls syndrome, but Thomas reels it back in by making her logical and scientifically oriented. I for one, want more analytically minded female protagonists in my life! Her best friend is introduced right away, on the other end of the personality spectrum from her. She’s more of a traditional female protagonist- she likes reading and more artistic pursuits. There’s a lot of polar opposite female friends in YA lately, particularly in terms of the delicate best friend and the bolder protagonist, but as long as there are female friendships in the books teenage girls are reading, it’s not necessarily a bad thing… This opening chapter’s attention to detail also succeeds in giving a solid insight into royal dynamics in Thomas’ world. The descriptions are solid. I get the world we’re in, but in a really subtle way in that she’s not giving the whole game away with entire info dumps. It’s colourful, and frenetic, and aesthetically pleasing. It’s just her protagonist’s world, as she’s experiencing it, and that’s exactly what it should be.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Freya is content spending her time in her laboratory, immersed in her various experiments. Twenty-third in line for the throne, she was never interested in attending court or becoming a Queen. That is, until an extravagant banquet celebrating King Jorgen's birthday comes to a deadly end. Suddenly, Freya finds herself crowned Queen of Epria, the first in line for the throne to survive the massacre. Freya is not only faced with a role she never intended on playing, she also must deal with learning the rules of the court, a council who wants to control her and earning the respect of those she is expected to rule. With the mystery of who killed the king unsolved, Freya knows any mistakes could cost her her life. With so many obstacles to overcome and very few people she can trust, Freya is determined to uncover who is behind the mass murders herself. While those who wish to overthrow her are gaining momentum and loyalties are tested, Freya must decide what she is willing to do to keep her crown and her life. I'm not entirely sure what I expected when I picked up this novel but it wasn't what I thought it would be. After the initial events that take place in the beginning, the story moves smoothly but unravels slowly. We don't get the fast-paced action or magical elements we would see in typical young adult fantasy but the story was very refreshing. Our MC is thrown into a situation that took her out of her comfort zone and she faced it all head on. She showed strengths that go beyond magic and fighting. I was also glad that the romance in the novel wasn't the main focus of the story, almost like an afterthought. The mystery that is the main focus of the story I found to be predictable. In the beginning, I did have moments where it was difficult to determine who had killed all of those people but once the story began to unfold, I found it fairly easy to determine who it was. Overall, I did enjoy this story and I would recommend it if you enjoy a good whodunnit mystery with a cast of strong, smart female characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! Just read it, its highly entertaining!!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i like these kinda adventure books when its all in a different world
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For science loving ladies! This novel was created to inspire. It was made for any teen who has ever felt overlooked, awkward, or underappreciated. Written for the science lovers and the outcasts. Thomas introduces our main character, Freya, who is an awkward teenage introvert with a passion for experimentation. Due to a mysterious mass murder, she becomes queen quite unexpectedly. Freya fights her anxiety and feelings of inadequacy while rising to the occasion, all the while embracing her differences and standing up for what she believes in. Freya suffers from fairly severe anxiety, as well as panic attacks, and a secondary character suffers from depression. Exposing teens to these very real conditions is important, and I like that Thomas installed a close friend to help our main character through her episodes. For fans of Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and anyone who loved Lady Grace Mysteries by Patricia Finney and Jan Burchett.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On my List This sounds very interesting
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This sounds very interesting
Date published: 2016-11-08

Editorial Reviews

“A thoughtful and thrilling tale. ”