Freya did not plan on ruling a kingdom. She was so far down the list of succession, it never entered her mind. And she hated court. She was fascinated with science and most comfortable in her lab. But one night, everyone at court is poisoned and Freya manages to escape this mass murder. Freya, now queen, is whisked away to the Fort for her own protection. Her first task is to use science to find the killer. One adviser threatens her reign and is raising an army. Freya does not know who to trust. Does Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of the late king, really like her or is he using her to get the throne?
This briskly told tale is well-drawn with convincing characters. There is nothing new here – old, morally corrupt government and oppressed citizens is inherited by fresh new ruler determined to clean up the mess while proving fitness to rule. However, it is well done and certainly an enjoyable read. We have a heroine who is smart, thoughtful and morally just.
eGalley review Publication date 2.21.2017