I took a little bit of a break from blogging but now I am back!
What better way to get back into it than with a blog tour!
I am so excited to be apart of The Girl King blog tour! I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of The Girl King in exchange for a review.
Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead – a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally – and an army – if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved . . .
Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens – a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.
The plot is definitely a slow one, especially at the beginning. At the start, I was intrigued and hopeful but the middle chunk of the book was just too slow. There’s a lot of build-up and background information going on. (I read the ARC – which is an uncorrected proof. How much of this ended up in the final copy, I don’t know) It did feel unnecessarily long in places, with editing down it could’ve been great. The last 150-200 pages were the best, they were gripping and interesting – I was really engrossed at this point. At almost 500 pages, it really needed to pick up before then. It was pretty long winded, I feel it would’ve been better condensed down.
The world-building; simplistic and minimal. There are hints and glimpses of the world but not enough, in my opinion. The parts of the world and magic we did see, were so interesting and cool – I just wish there was more to it! Hopefully, the sequel will enlighten us.
As with a lot of YA, it has its tropes. A lot of the plot twists and turns were pretty predictable. Nothing was particularly surprising, there was no ‘shock factor’ because you could see what was going to happen.
Nothing was overly original, it wasn’t bad at all. Just nothing new, really. It’s the same fantasy story of the royal claiming back their throne – just with a slightly different setting.
The Magic system(s) were fascinating and probably my favourite part of the novel. I really liked the different kinds of magic featured. I really want to learn more!
The writing style is also really nice, in places it was so well-written. It definitely has potential.
I don’t know if this is a duology, trilogy or series but it has the potential to be great if developed further. I look forward to the sequel and will definitely be continuing the series!
Lu: The older of the two sisters. Dubbed the ‘Girl King’, her father’s favourite, and thought to become his heir. She’s cocky, believes she’s going to rule, and ‘badass’ – Aka Princess who can fight.
Min: The younger sister who feels inferior to her sister – living in her shadow kinda vibes. There’s nothing wrong with Min’s POV but it wasn’t the most interesting perspective to read from, it takes a while for her chapters to get interesting.
Nok: I liked Nok’s POV the best. I thought his character was interesting and there was mystery surrounding who he is and where he comes from etc. Probably one of the only things keeping me gripped. I did like the friendship that develops, that was pretty nice to read.
Rating: 3 Stars
*Thank you to Alex @ Orion Books for sending me an early copy for review!
Have you read The Girl King yet? If not, will you be picking it up?