Book Talk 2/28/2020: Rebecca McLaughlin’s Nameless Queen (Book 1)
Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin. Crown Books. Jan 2020. Netgalley.
Amazon’s blurb: One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying–in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.
Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.
It shouldn’t be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.
But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous than the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?
“A thrilling tale of identity and found family wrapped up in epic, politically-charged worldbuilding. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop…on the list of my favorite fantasies, Nameless Queen has won its way to the top!” – Crystal Smith, author of Bloodleaf
My review: Coin is an orphan on the streets just trying to take care of herself. No one is more surprised than herself when the king dies and the tattoo that names his successor lands on her arm. She tries to run but when someone she feels responsible for is captured by the crown; she has no choice but to follow their rules: enter a duel for someone else to claim the throne. She has no shortage of enemies both on the streets and in the palace. She’s not sure which place is more deadly. She only knows she must rescue Hat despite the costs and somehow keep the Nameless from being trodden under by the crown.
I REALLY enjoyed this! The characters are superb. Reminds me a bit of Sarah J. Maas’s Glass of Throne series.