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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Born on the last day of a sweltering summer, just like all the Queens before her, Sofia Addington knows she is born to be Queen of Arandale. The only thing is that she’s never vied for such a life and she hates to become Queen one day and doesn’t want to imagine her life in court among the other nobles. But destiny has its way in a world where everyone is born with magic. Sofia tries to put up a front just to satisfy the people she loves, but things change dramatically when an old friend turns up in town. But when an encroaching darkness threatens her land, she knows it’s her duty to stop it. But does she have what it takes to stop such evil?
This is an epic fantasy with great potential for entertainment and there is quite a lot that I enjoyed in Sidney Gray’s writing. The protagonist is introduced at the very start of the narrative and a strong premise is defined for the plot. We encounter a compelling character, torn between doing what she wants and accepting a call to serve her people. The character arc is well done and it is easy to see how the protagonist develops as the conflict intensifies, unveiling different layers of her competence and her strength. The Ashen Queen features a beautiful plot and prose that is crisp and enjoyable. The world building is impeccable and the setting is an exciting, imaginary world that readers will find interesting to navigate. The Ashen Queen is an enjoyable read, indeed; one of those stories that grab your attention and transport you to another realm.