Friday 29 December 2023

Review of The Painted Queen by Monica Boothe

The queen is dead. Isadora is the only person alive who knows this. And she needs to keep it that way.

As the decoy queen, Isadora has spent her entire life training to mimic the queen of Caspar, all so that, in case of disaster, she can die in her place. But when an assassination attempt goes horribly wrong and the real queen is accidentally killed, Isadora is left the only survivor who knows that she is
not the real queen.

To keep the kingdom from collapsing into civil war, Isadora must navigate a world of politics and intrigue that she was never prepared for. That includes marrying the prince of the mighty Irodian Empire, solidifying an alliance that could bring generations of peace to her kingdom. Making this marriage work, however, turns out to be just as difficult as holding together her splintering kingdom.

To maintain this new and fragile peace, Isadora must make sure her new husband never finds out her real identity. But with the kingdom crumbling around them, keeping secrets is becoming more and more difficult.


My Review: 5 STARS

I’ve read stories by Boothe before and so when I saw this one, and read the blurb, I was desperate to read it. From the start, the world and story pull you in. Isa Dora and the real queen were so familiar but also different in many different ways that their distinctive personalities shone through from the first page. I adored the premise, the way the story twisted and turned and held some similarities to the real world, while also being a world that stood out in its own right. I fell in love with the characters, the love story went a different way than I thought it would and adored the way Boothe pulled it all together. A series to follow and very much recommended!

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