The Imposter Queen

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Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Magical fantasy a fine escape for fans.

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Educational Value

An alternative-world fantasy meant to entertain.

Positive Messages

You have the power to decide how to use your special talents and skills. And even if you're not sure how to use them, keep practicing and trying new things. Eventually you'll learn how you can use your unique gifts to help people and make the world a better place. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elli is anxious to serve her people as queen someday. She's very loyal and affectionate, and she has a very active curiosity about how the world works. When her confidence is shattered, she strives to be helpful under new circumstances and endures a lot without complaint. Oskar is brave and loyal, willing to do anything to protect those he loves. A large cast of supporting characters models a range of behaviors, but all except the villains have honest motives and do what they think is right.


Mostly fantasy violence from magical battles involving ice and fire. People are injured, frozen, or burned and die; blood is mentioned frequently, but there's no gore. There are a few non-magical fights and accidental injuries with pain briefly described. Elli witnesses violent deaths of people she loves and is traumatized. A major character is knocked unconscious a few times and loses two fingers from one hand. Elli willingly undergoes a severe whipping and near drowning to test her magical abilities. Her pain is described briefly, and blood is mentioned but not described in detail.


Some brief descriptions of Elli's feelings of physical attraction to both a man and a woman. A few opposite-sex kisses described briefly. Elli talks to Oskar about her past love for a woman and wonders if he'll have a problem with it. Oskar ignores the issue.


"Arse" infrequently.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Imposter Queen is an epic-style fantasy set in a realm where some people have magical abilities using ice or fire. There's a fair amount of fantasy violence with people being burned or frozen to death, and blood is mentioned a fair amount but not described in detail; otherwise there's no gore. Heroine Elli, 16, is at first in love with her handmaiden Mim, and some feelings of physical attraction are briefly described. Later she falls for Oskar, a man; they kiss a few times and are the source of the romance aspects of the story. Elli's a good role model for wanting to help her people and be useful; she's brave and curious about the world around her, and she learns that she has the power to control her own magical gifts without anyone else controlling her.

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Adult Written byPapade3 August 9, 2018

Not very exciting not for youngsters

The book didnt have much valuable content. It is a simple novel in which sex is trying to sneak in but it doesnt. It has some descriptions of physical sensation... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Elli was identified as the next queen of Kupari when she was about 4 years old. At that time she was taken from her mother to live a lonely, isolated life with only a few adults for company while she was prepared for her future role. Now Elli's 16, and when the current queen dies after saving the country from an invasion, Elli has to undergo the ritual that will bind the previous queen's magic to her. But something goes wrong, and Elli emerges with no magic whatsoever. How can she rule and keep her people safe without magic? With her country on the verge of being invaded, THE IMPOSTER QUEEN will have to find a way to restore her country -- and her belief in herself.

Is it any good?

This well-balanced story has plenty of elements for fantasy fans to enjoy. Magic, action, intrigue, and romance combine in an imaginative world that's well realized. Tweens and teens will relate to Elli's feelings of uncertainty about herself and root for her as she discovers she has more to offer the world than she thought.

Although the various elements are woven together well and the plot keeps the pages turning, there's not a great deal of depth or richness to provide appeal outside the genre. It's a fun, light read that fantasy lovers will enjoy, with an ending that satisfies while leaving the door open for more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why fantasies are so popular. Why do we love them so much?

  • If you lived in Kupari, would you rather have ice magic, fire magic, or no magic at all? Why?

  • Did you find the ending satisfying? Would you like this to become a series? What do you think the future holds for Elli?

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For kids who love fantasy

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