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53818291. SY475  - Sorcery Of A Queen by Brian Naslund | ReviewSorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund
Published by Tor Publishing on August 6, 2020
ISBN: 9781250309655
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons & Mythical Creatures, Epic, Action & Adventure
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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four half stars - Sorcery Of A Queen by Brian Naslund | Review

Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy
They called her the Witch Queen...
Driven from her kingdom, the would-be queen now seeks haven in the land of her mother, but Ashlyn will not stop until justice has been done. Determined to unlock the secret of powers long thought impossible, Ashlyn bends her will and intelligence to mastering the one thing people always accused her of, sorcery.
Meanwhile, having learned the truth of his mutation, Bershad is a man on borrowed time. Never knowing when his healing powers will drive him to a self-destruction, he is determined to see Ashlyn restored to her throne and the creatures they both love safe.
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Thank you to Tor UK, Brian Naslund, Jamie-Lee Nardone and Stephen Haskins for a review copy of Sorcery Of A Queen.

“You of all people should know how rumours go.  There’s a kernel of truth that gets inflated each time it passes from one drunken mouth to the next, until you have an enormous dragonslayer with a foot-long cock pissing down the neck-stumps of decapitated dragons.” 

It has been such a pleasure to be back in the wonderful world of Terra once again.  The magic, the dragons, the relationships and the tongue-in-cheek humour.  Brian Naslund has this inert skill to just know the formula for have the brain completely enraptured in his storytelling.  It’s been several days since I finished this tome, and this is one author that I can completely lay my trust at his door.  I didn’t read the synopsis or the reviews, and boy am I glad that I did.  I started and stopped writing this review so many times because I just didn’t feel that I could do the book justice.  no big words, no adjectives could express how awesome this book is.  If you’ve been contemplating reading this series – do it. Do it now!  It’s a raw journey that will wrack several emotions from you but it’s so worth it!

Sorcery Of A Queen takes place after the battle of Floodhaven.  We get the pleasure of being reacquainted with Bershad, Ashlyn and Felgor.  They’ve escaped and are making their way to Papyria by boat.  Brian Naslund’s Sorcery Of A Queen is an exploration of survival, relationships and what makes us tick.  It’s as hard hitting, and action packed as Blood Of An Exile.  The first page has you lacing up your Nikes and running straight into the plot as fast as your feet can carry you.  He doesn’t shy away from tough situations and gladly puts his characters in harm’s way.  You might want them in a safe haven but Naslund constantly reminds you that the reader isn’t running the show. 

Epic dragons.  A royal goatfucking.  Journeys of epic proportions.  This story has everything you didn’t realise you were craving and then exceeds every expectations that you didn’t know you were harbouring.  We’ve got new players to the game, more information on the dragons and a plot so electric that you dare not get too close.  What I totally get on board with was the fact that Naslund reminded us of the major events from book one, so I don’t need to sit in confusion unlike my other attempts with later books in a series. 

We are given multiple perspectives, Bershad, Ashlyn, The Widow, Vera, the alchemist, Jolan and Cabbage, the corsair.  The one theme that stands out during these perspectives is the consequences of choices and actions.  Sorcery Of A Queen was like a drug and Brian Naslund was my dealer.  I was turning the pages so quickly I’m pretty sure that I had papercuts on top of my papercuts. 

Sorcery Of A Queen demands your attention and doesn’t let go.  Its inventive, a unique universe with an incredibly vibrant setting.  Tense and atmospheric, a must-read.


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Brian Naslund was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he never quite learned to love crab cakes. As a technology-soaked millennial, his first taste of fantasy wasn’t from Tolkien or the other amazing fantasy writers he now loves, but instead from watching his older brother play video games in the basement.

After healthy doses of many Final Fantasy games during his formative years, he developed a lifelong obsession with flawed characters lugging swords around in the wilderness.

Brian spent his early twenties living in Manhattan and subsisting off ramen and cheap vodka, and now lives in Colorado. He still eats ramen but traded the vodka for craft-brewed IPAs.

Brian is now a product director for a tech company, and first started writing about dragons to escape the crushing boredom of his incredibly long bus commute. When he’s not writing, he’s usually griping about video games on Twitter, hiking with his dog, Lola, or whitewater kayaking in the mountains. The last activity makes his mother very nervous.

Blood of an Exile is his debut novel, and the first in The Dragons of Terra series.

Brian Naslund

four half stars - Sorcery Of A Queen by Brian Naslund | Review