Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign

by Rhiannon Thomas


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062418692
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 447,125
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Rhiannon Thomas is an English lit grad from Princeton University. She currently lives in York, England, in the shadow of a thirteenth-century Gothic cathedral. When she isn’t lost in YA fantasy, she writes about feminism and the media on her blog, www.feministfiction.com. Visit her online at www.rhiannonkthomas.com.

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Long May She Reign 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
weiner More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as it was different then most trilogy I read as it came from a different view with her doing by science. I finished it in two nights it kept me that interested and did not figure out who did it till almost the end. Which kept me reading. Not like some that drag it on and on.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
Do you want to read another royalty fantasy novel? If it’s Long May She Reign then you do! A gawky young girl who is distantly connected to the throne and who loves her laboratory and experiments suddenly finds herself as the next in line for the crown. With an overly ambitious father, a handsome and antagonistic illegitimate prince, and another girl vying to be queen, this is a fast-paced murder mystery that had me hooked from the very start. The strengths of this book were the ongoing mystery of whodunit along with the incredibly strong character development. Freya is not your typical crown princess in any sense but she is incredibly real and endearing to the reader. Written in the style of classic fairy tales with a magical twist, this is a book that won’t disappoint.
TheKnightsWhoSayBook More than 1 year ago
I went into this book with high hopes. The starting idea intrigued me from the very first time I saw the blurb — a protagonist with an unusual interest for the genre (science! experiments! explosions!) so I expected great things. Freya has always been an outsider at court — too anxious to fit in, and more interested in doing experiments in her lab than making polite conversation. But when everyone ahead of her in line for the throne is poisoned, Freya must take the crown and figure out who the murderer is, before she is either killed or deposed by those her suspect her. At first I was a little disappointed with this. The writing wasn't spectacular, so there wasn't much to hold my interest until the plot picked up. But one thing that annoyed me more than that was Freya's disdain for the girls at court who managed to fit in while she couldn't. Here is an author who is very outspoken about how unnecessary girl hate is in books, doing it herself? But as the story progressed, I realized something: Rhiannon Thomas is really smart. Freya has to learn a lot, quickly, as she becomes queen, and one of the things she learns is not to judge other girls so harshly! It adds a relatable aspect to the book, as I think anyone who's ever felt left out of the group can start to unnecessarily hate on other people just because they were better able to adapt than we were. This part of the book may have been absolute genius. And that's not the only part of Freya's character development. I don't want to spoil the journey of the book, but the further into the story the more I enjoyed seeing where Freya's character went. So now to cover the mystery premise of the book! I have to say, while there were a few suspects you could immediately disregard, the answer truly wasn't obvious. I didn't figure it out until Freya did, so I think this part was very well done. One thing that was less well done, I would say, was the romance. I didn't have any major problems with it, I guess. I liked that Fitzroy didn't get to be a jerk for longer than one or two scenes, because I am so over the rude, brooding love interest that the protagonist likes for no discernible reason. We got a real apology for his unnecessary rudeness, and real remorse. But he just wasn't that interesting. There was more chemistry between Freya and her best friend Naomi. Also, why the name "Fitzroy"? There was a part of the book where she asked if he wanted to be called by his first name, William, and I was like yes! please, please just call him William! But he was like "nah, totally just call me by the name that was made up to remind me that I'm a bastard my father only sometimes acknowledges". Ok buddy. Your choice. But let's leave behind the mediocre and return to what went well. The way Freya saves the day! No spoilers, but I loved how Freya got to work to her strengths. Despite a shaky start and a forgettable romance, the science, mystery, and character development of the book made this a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how she was so much like a Queen. It was better then I expected. Thank you for the read.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Freya is the girl that shouldn’t have become queen. When someone poisons the court, Freya misses the attack because she bowed out to get in some chemistry time in her homemade lab. Now, she is thrust into political intrigue, a position of power and is surrounded by someone who wants her dead. Freya has no idea how to be queen. She struggles with her new circumstances and must learn to overcome her shortcomings in order to become a good ruler. The story was a little slow going but in the end I liked it. It even includes a dash of romance. Long May She Reign was more historical mystery than fantasy but very enjoyable. I received this ARC copy of Long May She Reign from HarperTeen in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 21, 2017.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
It's pretty much guaranteed that I'll read a book if it's compared to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I liked the premise and was quite eager to read. Sadly, this was a bit boring. It started out strong. I liked Freya and I really loved that she was a scientist. I loved her experiments and her devotion to her cat. I wanted to root for her. I guess my hang up was the plot. Everything moved so slowly that I quickly lost interest. Even the few small reveals couldn't keep me captivated. And by the time I found out who was behind it, it seemed like too little too late. Overall, I think it was the dense sections that bogged me down and kept me from devouring the story. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
Long May She Reign was such an interesting book. It has more of a dark and sad tone, but I really liked it. It was more of a murder mystery than anything else and I wasn’t even sure myself who the murderer was until the end. I did have my suspicions but I thought the whole journey to the answer was well executed. Freya loves Science and logic and so the court has zero appeal to her. If she can avoid any interaction, much to her father's dismay, she will. When the Royal Court is eliminated by mass poisoning, it pushes Freya from low on the Totem pole of succession to Queen. Taking on this role is much more than Freya bargained for but with her sharp mind and skills she is determined to solve the murders. Not only for justice but to protect her life as well. I loved Freya as a character. She ends up changing and developing so much because her new responsibilities demand it of her. She has to find a way to be the Queen she wants to be and the one the people need. Her whole journey is quite interesting. I enjoyed the side characters as well. Naomi is Freya’s best friend and I love that they don’t lose that when she becomes Queen. It’s nice to have someone that you aren’t suspecting of murder on your side. There is also Madeleine and Fritzroy as well as the advisors of the council. There are few suspects but that doesn’t mean they are not deadly. The plot was really interesting because of the murder mystery. I felt the romance was light and so it worked for the book. Freya ascent to the throne and the murders take center stage. The tone is really dark and sad. So many people have lost so much so it’s not like people are dancing around. I liked that it wasn’t just ignored and pushed in the background. I found that the book was a quick and enjoyable read for me. There was no long in the plot and nothing was particularly drawn out. Definitely one I would recommend.