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Nameless Queen

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Clever heroine drives appealing fantasy of politics, magic.

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There's much to recommend this story -- an interesting magic system, a familiarly divided country, and compelling characters. Nameless Queen's Coin and Esther, in particular, are smart, complicated women whose uneasy alliance blossoms into a lovely relationship. The other primary characters are likable and admirable. The focus on the chosen family that Coin pulls together, rather than on a romance, is refreshing. There are surprising plot twists that are hard to predict and will keep readers engaged.

However, the worldbuilding is lackluster -- it feels as though this might be set in any country at any time before the modern era, and readers will be hard-pressed to describe what Seriden actually looks like. The villain is so purely bad that she's not all that interesting. Several instances of trite turns of phrase, predictable dialogue, and one glaring timing glitch are likely to jar readers out of what is otherwise a well-written and fast-paced book. All that said, it's still an entertaining read, and with its attractive blend of magic and politics, this fantasy with a social consciousness will appeal to many teen readers.

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