Queen of the conquered

by Callender, Kacen,

Format: Print Book 2019
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An ambitious and unflinching tale of colonialism, conquest, and revenge, Queen of the Conquered begins a powerful fantasy series set in a Caribbean-inspired world.

*Named one of TIME's Top 100 Fantasy Books Of All Time

* World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, winner

On the islands of Hans Lollik, Sigourney Rose was the only survivor when her family was massacred by the colonizers. When the childless king of the islands declares he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge.

But someone is killing off the ruling families to clear a path to the throne. And as the bodies pile up and all eyes regard her with suspicion, Sigourney must find allies among her prey and the murderer among her peers... lest she become the next victim.

Praise for Queen of the Conquered :

"A storm of a novel as epic as Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo ." --Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night

"The book's absorbing setting, captivating lead, and relevant themes of race and class complement each other with alternating delicacy and savagery."-- NPR Books

"Callender's first adult novel draws race relations, conquest, magic, and politics into an imaginative, layered story that will keep readers twisting until the end." -- Library Journal

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Callender's first foray into adult fiction presents an alternative colonial Caribbean world with its own brand of magic. Sigourney Rose is unique among her island people. She is the daughter of a freed slave and a nobleman, and has always known freedom. When her family was killed by other nobles, Sigourney was adopted by an uncle who, although disgusted by her black skin, took her in because of his respect for her mother. Since that time, Sigourney has been planning revenge. By emulating their colonizers, she has finally gained enough power and position to begin working towards freeing her people. And she has the added talent for reading and controlling minds an ability that reveals the thoughts of all around her. But of what use are her ambitions if her own people see her as no different than their cruel masters? Callender pulls no punches and uses this diversely populated fantasy world to deliver a polemic on hate and the lies people tell themselves to justify their cruelty.--Lucy Lockley Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Callender's Caribbean-inspired first novel for adults--a mix of fantasy, history, mystery, and palace intrigue--struggles to overcome its sluggish first half. Hans Lollik is an island nation populated by the white, sea-faring Fjern and the enslaved black natives, who are known simply as islanders. As the only black landholder, Sigourney Lund is seen as a traitor to her people for owning slaves and enforcing the brutal laws of their colonizers. Few know that Sigourney is the survivor of a massacre. Having hidden behind an assumed name and eventually ascended to the role of matriarch of the Lunds, Sigourney is finally prepared to take revenge on the ruling class that plotted her family's assassination and have held the Hans Lollik islanders in bondage for generations. But the cost of revenge is high, and Sigourney's bid for power leads her afoul of her fellow islanders, as she continues to own people even as she claims to fight for their freedom. Callender (This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story) convincingly illustrates the corrupting influence of unchecked power and privilege, but Sigourney is too passive; even after she begins her revenge scheme, events mostly happen to her. The moral complexity of the story's climax is satisfying, but readers will have to be very patient to get there. Agent: Beth Phelan, Gallt & Zacker. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series Callender, Kacen. Islands of blood and storm ; book 1.
Subjects Orphans -- Fiction.
Mental suggestion -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Imperialism -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes author interview (pages 363-369).
Description 391 pages : map ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9780316454933
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