Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass — Review

queen of the unwanted by jenna glass book covereSummary:

In this feminist fantasy series, the ability to do magic has given women control over their own bodies. But as the patriarchy starts to fall, they must now learn to rule as women, not men.

Alys may be the acknowledged queen of Women’s Well—the fledgling colony where women hold equal status with men—but she cares little for politics in the wake of an appalling personal tragedy. It is grief that rules her now. But the world continues to turn.

In a distant realm unused to female rulers, Ellin struggles to maintain control. Meanwhile, the king of the island nation of Khalpar recruits an abbess whom he thinks holds the key to reversing the spell that Alys’s mother gave her life to create. And back in Women’s Well, Alys’s own half-brother is determined to bring her to heel. Unless these women can all come together and embrace the true nature of female power, everything they have struggled to achieve may be at risk.

Review: 5 Stars

As soon as I finished reading The Women’s War I needed to start reading the sequel, especially after that ending. While I expected it to be great, I didn’t expect to love it even more than The Women’s War. When reading books as large as these epic fantasies there are typically times that I get bored or the pacing struggles. Not only did I tear through these thick books, I didn’t want them to end. I actually put off reading the last chapter for an entire day because I didn’t want the book to end.

Queen of the Unwanted is an incredible follow up to The Women’s War. It’s a political fantasy and once again there are multiple plot lines in play and all of the political manuvering made for a compelling plot. This is a character driven series, but whille the pace is slow there was never a dull moment. I was so incested in the story, it’s world ant the characters that I was completely absorbed in every minute of the book. This is an incredibly well written political fantasy, if you enjoy political manuvering and multiple plot lines, this is one series you won’t want to miss.

As I mentioned previously, this is a character driven novel and while I loved all of the characters in the previous novel there are some new characters introduced in this installment. Marisol was my favorite character that was introduced in this book. She is an extremely morally grey character and I absolutely loved watching her grow throughout the course of this story. I also loved Alys’ character arc in this installment. She was so vulnerable, yet remained so strong at the same time. i love that this series focuses on all types of women as they fight against adversity and for freedom. While this novel takes place in a fantasy world it’s an incredible story about how strength comes in different forms. Some women in this story are vulnerable while others are cold, but they show that bravery and strength come in many different forms.

The world Jenna Glass built is probably my favorite aspect of the series. These books encompass several kingdoms and courts, yet it doesn’t feel overwhelming and I could keep track of the different kingdoms and all of the events occurring in each. The magic system is really cool and this sequel expands upon everything in the first book and by the way it ends you can see that there is room for the world to continue to expand. I fell in love with the world and the magic system. The way it was written made it so easy to sink into and the world came to life so vividly in my mind. I felt like I was watching every minute of this book unfold in my head and could easily understand the magic, the differing cultures in the kingdoms and the settings.

I really did not want this book to end. I’m so invested in this world and the lives of all of these characters. I could not be happier that I stumbled upon this amazing epic fantasy series. The only complain that I have is that I have to wait for the next book! This book ended in a truly epic way just like the first book, so I can not wait to get my hands on the next installment. If you love political fantasies of an epic scale about brave women fighting for justice and freedom then do yourself a favor and pick up this series right away!

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