Not long ago, we were afraid of Elves, Demons, and Faeries when we read Heir to the Sun by Jennifer Allis Provost. Now we are back with the review of her second book, The Virgin Queen. This is going to be a little shorter because I don’t want to give too much away in case you consider reading the first book. Possible spoilers.
Overall Rating 5/6 Glass Slippers
The book takes place when Asherah has been the queen for eight centuries. This is of course due to the fact that the demon Mersgoth, the long thought dead creature, attacks again. So Asherah does what she does best and goes out to fight for her kingdom. She is just missing one thing that she had last time, her friend Harek is no longer on her side.
He has decided to team with with the dark Fae to fight against the elves. Those are the same elves that Asherah feels are her family. Leran, the king of the elves and the closest thing to a son that Asherah, is in danger. But will she realize what Harek is doing? Will she be able to stop the dark fae again? Now that she has two different battle to fight, will the mighty Asherah finally fall?
Then there is Finley. He is a lowly shopkeeper, but Asherah is always loving (except on the battlefield) and decides to give him a chance. Soon she realizes that he is a whole lot more than just a shopkeeper. He is soon becomes a hunter and an important part of the army and maybe a whole lot more to Asherah. That is if Aelomar, the main hunter in the army, doesn’t get there first.
Love, deceit, conflict, kings, rulers, demons…This book has so much going on that it can be hard to keep up at times. I had the same problem with this book, that I had with the second. The names are all very close and sometimes that confused me. But at the end of the day, Asherah is such a dynamic character that it is hard not to be sucked in. She is real, as real as a fairy queen can be, and her issues are also near and dear to so many readers.
How hard is it to be a queen when all you want is love but you can’t find someone who loves you for you? Power and lust tend to blind people and you end up alone more than you want. At the same time, she turns that insecurity into power and fights with men and demons like the most terrifying warrior of all time.
I have really enjoyed this series and the world that Provost has created. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves darker fantasy dripping with romance. Make sure you take your time to read through it because it may take a minute to get into the story but I promise it will be worth it!