Synopsis from Goodreads.
Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn’s unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn’s war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.
This poemdoes not contain spoilers for Quintana HOWEVER if you haven’t read Froi of the Exiles, be off with you. Shoo.
Here she is. Crazy as ever…
You may think that it would be difficult to get behind
A heroine who snarls at people, keeping them at arm’s length.
But, for me at least, Quintana will always be my ultimate heroine,
As she’s a girl who survives because of her resilience and strength.
And I want her to be my life coach, my best friend,
Because I can’t imagine a life without her savage little stare.
(I also feel it’s of the utmost importance that a girl from
Manchester knows how to kill, gut and skin a hare.)
I adored how we, with the help of first person account,
Are allowed to creep inside the madness of our girl Q.
We get to see what makes her heart beat (or maybe…who makes it beat.)
And it’s easy to see there is a little Quintana in both me and in you.
But I guess this leads me to the only quibble that I have with this book.
Gasp. I know! Sacrilege. But…. OK, it’s the name.
Because this book may be about our crazy queen.
But there were other stories and I loved them all the same.
This is the story of Phaedra and the girls in the valley.
And it’s about the Charynites who fought for peace.
It’s about a woman full of anger and a bitter man, and the one they both adore.
And Luci-en; possibly the only guy who could look hot in a fleece.
And it’s about the “ginger king” and his beloved queen,
Who made me hate them one minute but love them the next.
The couple who started it all and hold everyone together.
With a love so fierce and pure and mind-blowingly complex.
And let’s not forget about the powerful white witch
Who keeps a warrior as her lover, the one with the scar.
And “our boy”, my favourite, with the story like no other,
He grew up to be pretty much everything, not at all “Dafar”.
This book isn’t about just one girl and what she does,
It’s about hundreds of voices, greater than the sum of their parts.
And it’s that that makes MM the queen of writing about families,
Friends, lovers and enemies and the connections of their hearts.
Q of C is about journeys, both of the physical and mental.
It’s about not giving up for the one you love, no matter how much you’ve bled.
It’s about connections, circumstances and trusting those you never did.
OH and it also has girls telling the boys exactly how they want to be treated in the marital bed.
I was genuinely concerned that crafty Double M
Would end this series in a way that would make it difficult for me to cope.
And while I do not want to spoil this book for you…
I can divulge that there’s an ending full of “Hope. Hope. Hope.”
Words or pitiful rhyme cannot express how much I adore this
Series and the characters that live within these pages.
And I have a horrible feeling that if I want to read something
That will affect me like this series has, I will be waiting ages.
Why do I always feel like this after I finish fantasy books?
The ones that speak to me the most, that make me cry and smile.
It’s because, I think, that they’re the books that let me
Escape from reality… if only for a little while.
I am distraught that it’s over but I know I will revisit Skuldenore
And catch up with
Froi, Lucian, Gargarin… is that odd?, Trevanion completely and utterly, how old is Jory? Forget I said anything… unless he’s about 20. Then we are a-go! all my old friends and greet them with my arms open wide,
Because all I have to do is visit my bookshelf, and once again I’ll be back with them.
And that’s me looking on that wonderful, wonderful wondrous side.
I received a copy of this book from the author.
No more Jo-etry for a while now, Brownie promise. ;)