Freya was never meant 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 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.
Freya 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, Freya 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 advisors. 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.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the mix of fantasy and science, although there was a few science parts that were wrong. I liked Freya and how she stood up for herself and her Kingdom even though it would have been an easier option to bow out and save herself.
Fitzroy was an interesting character. I would have liked a little more character development but other than that I loved when he showed up. He kept things interesting. The romance was sweet but not full on, which is the way I like it.
Freya made a great Queen and I loved her progression. How she started shy and just going along with what her advisors say and she slowly realises she is the one who has to make any changes for the kingdom.
The ending was amazing in some ways but lack lustre in others. The final battle sounded amazing. But the ending of how the poisonings happened were a little lack lustre. I would read more books in this setting for sure. It’s be nice to see what becomes of Fitzroy.
4 out of 5 stars