The Queen's Wing: A completely gripping fantasy romance

The Queen's Wing: A completely gripping fantasy romance

by Jessica Thorne


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ISBN-13: 9781786816184
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 11/21/2018
Series: Queen's Wing , #1
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 180,193
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Queen's Wing: A completely gripping fantasy romance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rodeorocks13 5 days ago
I want to start out by saying I’m not really a sci-fi / space fan. That being said this book is AMAZING!!! I kept wondering what was going to happen next. The story appears to be a typical princess is married off to a stranger to build an alliance but it’s just so much more than that. I feel this story could have been two books with everything inside. The plot is so unexpected at times and the characters are some of my new favorites. Bel is such a great heroine and the way the author builds her up so perfectly. I’m even happier that it will have a second book. This novel is worth the read and should not be over looked. And I HIGHLY recommend it even if it’s not your usual genre. I received an advance copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sailon 6 days ago
This was a difficult book to rate. Thorne writes an imaginative, original tale that had so much potential, I absolutely wanted to love it. When the focus was on story telling and not internal dialog, I really did love it. I guess the best way to describe The Queen's Wing was exciting, action packed and riveting with some major slows and lows that brought it to a grinding hault. Edit those slows and lows and The Queen's Wing has amazing read written all over it... But as it stands, I'm going to have to go with 3.5 stars. I received this ARC copy of The Queen's Wing from Bookouture. This is my honest and voluntary review.
ruthsic 18 days ago
While The Queen’s Wing seems like a steampunk fantasy from its cover and synopsis, I feel it is more accurate to call it science fiction or space opera. The worlds in this novel are planetary kingdoms, and our protagonist, Bel is a recently-crowned princess of a military kingdom that has been given in marriage to a planetary kingdom outside the Empire’s zone, in hopes of making an alliance. Bel’s travel to this mysterious planet with a mystical king-like is fraught with assassinations, and a threat in the form of another planet that wants to steal resources. While Bel is initially reluctant to leave her own kingdom to marry a stranger, and moreover give up on her love, her childhood friend and now bodyguard, Shae, she grows into her role slowly as she comes to admire, respect and eventually love her fiance, Con. The Queen’s Wing alternates between being sci-fi with its space travel and all, with a touch of steampunk, as is the technology on Anthaeum, and being a political drama in the vein of Jupiter Ascending (movie) or The Diabolic (book). Bel’s introduction to her new subjects is tinged with the prejudice most of the galaxy has regarding her kingdom, that they are barbarians who love war. Bel herself has been raised like a soldier and a lady, which makes her place her duty above her feelings most of the time, and leads to most of the conflict in her personal development. She knows she is the anchor of the alliance, but in her heart also wants to just run away with Shae to some distant part of the galaxy, away from the Empress’ schemes. (Actually, I am hoping we get to see the Empress and her capital at some point during the series because court intrigue is what I am looking forward to) Con’s attachment to his planet develops the fantasy element of the novel, though that could also be argued to be sci-fi; it is both in a way. The writing of the book was good, and I loved the extent of world building it provided – just enough to not overwhelm you, but also rich enough to fill the necessary background. Only Con’s first marriage was much of a mystery during a significant part of the novel, mostly because I was fretting over his age (it never mentions how long he was married, only that he was very young) but it is explained later on what the nature of the relationship was. Still, with the love triangle, I was worried about more angst coming from Con’s side due to that, that didn’t really need to be there. As for Shae, I was not interested in his relationship with Bel because I am tired of first loves who suddenly vocalize their feelings right when it is most inconvenient for the protagonist. Overall, an interesting and engaging scifi novel, which I hope to see more of.
Prisea 25 days ago
Who expects a pure fantasy book in this book is mistaken. Because this book combines elements of fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk and romance in itself. So it's more than the blurb may say. Although I have to tell the story that it's predictable and not necessarily new. The relationship with the characters and the reader can sometimes end in a kind of love-hate. Especially Bel is a character with whom you have to make friends and get warm. What is good about her, however, is that she is not content with what everyone expects to be what she should be, but from the very beginning makes it clear that she wants to be herself. She feels and sees herself as a plaything of alliances. Reacts on it quite recalcitrant and sometimes scorns the customs and traditions and her origin. Unfortunately, instead of making Bel act out, or turn sarcastic and real with people, the author has Bel put on a mask to be what everyone else needs her to be. During this time I really struggled with Bel, she had this poor pitiful me thing going on, with these angsty monologues and I really just wanted to come through the book and smack her around a bit. She is wearing a mask. But luckily she does not wear her mask for too long and this is due to Con. As she sets off on her journey to consecrate Con, her heart will be taken over by him and his wonderful world. I like love triangles, Bel has no choice between two love interests. Bel loves Shae (23) as long as she can remember, although she always knew that the likelihood of this relationship going beyond friendship is low - he is a soldier who has not given her any signs of feelings for her. She is the daughter of a small nobleman and for political reasons is expected to marry someone of her standing. When she becomes the only princess and travels to Anthaeus to marry King Con, it's Shae who leads her guards. Shae is a good character and I really liked him. Con is a charkater you really have to like and not that typical alpha male. He is a genius, a little nerd, is often absent-minded and loves the technical inventions. So he is quite the opposite of so many masculine characters in such books and that alone makes him absolutely adorable and unique. As the enemies invade Bels new and beloved home and cast an eye on them, she have to confess what she is and who she are and begin to fight. On the other hand, I really liked the plot and the creation of the worlds. Each of the worlds was different and well described and depicted. Warrior peoples, military societies, peaceful and wise cultures. The story is very fast-paced and never slows down. I also think that in the following book, the main focus will not be on the love triangle anymore, which will do the story well. because there is so much going on around it that you should focus on it. Intrigues, power games, battles, takeovers ... Overall though, I enjoyed the book. I loved the blend of genres and look forward to seeing what direction the second book is going to take. I'd love to see other characters like Con, Jondar, and Bel's bodyguards to be a bit more developed. I give this book 3,5/5 Stars. I received a free copy via NetGalley and Bookouture and this is my honest review.