Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Long May She Reign was a really fun book! It had a scientist as a main character, which was something I’ve never seen before. It was new, and super cool. This isn’t your normal fantasy novel either. It’s a lot like a murder mystery, which was super cool.
Now, I do have a few complaints. First of all, even though it starts out with murder, I had a little trouble getting into it. It’s also good to know this book is basically a murder mystery before you jump in, because otherwise you won’t enjoy it as much.
The romance was shippable and rather adorable. It reminded me a lot of some contemporary romances, mostly because Freya was always debating if she liked him or not or what everything meant and it was fun to see her dive into romance blind, especially considering most girls in books act as if they know exactly what to do.
Okay, so the friendship is this was just so good! Naomi, Madeleine, and Freya were ABSOLUTE goals!
Ooh! And the ending! Super good. Hurts, but not too much, you know? It was all quite bittersweet. Also Freya made good decisions! More than a lot of main characters.
Overall, this was super fun and is great for a lazy day afternoon where you don’t have tissues on hand.

CONTENT GUIDE –
Sexual: mild kissing
Drinking: people drink wine. no one gets drunk
Cussing: none
Violence: a mild amount

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