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Four Dead Queens

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strong teen girl powers fast-paced fantasy mystery.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Proceed with caution!

I have read to chapter 25. I really like the story line and like the interaction between characters. However, it definitely has language, especially variations of sh**. Several of the characters have sexual relationships. As far as I can remember it all happens off page but is referenced frequently. The expert reviewer missed the mark on this one. Again, proceed with caution.
age 14+

Reading it now - some initial thoughts

I will update my review when we're done with it. I knew this was meant for kids, but didn't look into the ratings before I started reading it to my 10-year-old. Glad she's not reading it on her own. In the third chapter, I was surprised to see implied sexual references... both "The best at sucking his -" (doesn't say the word) and implying a character is distracted because another character "didn't put out last night." I breezed past these when reading it aloud, but wanted to get an initial review in case you don't want your kid reading this type of content. A queen has already had her throat slit. Which my daughter was intrigued by & I'm not as worried about. Just, again, be aware if you're concerned about this type of thing. I will update later with a better review, since I'm only on chapter 4.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Some fantasy authors get bogged down in the details of world-building, but the creator of this unusual whodunnit sets the scene gracefully while keeping the narrative moving at a steady clip. Debut novelist Astrid Scholte mixes fantasy and mystery elements in Four Dead Queens, and the result is a clever, suspenseful adventure, with plenty of surprises. Keralie and Varin prove to be an appealing couple, and Scholte provides a satisfying resolution while leaving the door open for future installments. Teen readers should find this novel extremely likable and promising.

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