An enthralling and entertaining read, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas combines science with fantasy in the form of Freya, a unique and capable female lead.
Freya hates attending the king’s parties. As twenty-third in line for the throne, she is usually able to avoid the court and its events, instead opting to conduct experiments in her laboratory that hopefully will be her ticket away from the court and all its rules. However, when disaster strikes the king’s birthday banquet, leaving hundreds of nobles dead, Freya becomes the new queen. Trapped in her new role and unsure of who she can trust, it is up to Freya to find the murderers behind the massacre.
The unique and most enjoyable aspect of the novel was how the deliberate use of science and logical thought grounded the plot and characters in a way seldom seen in fantasy-based mysteries. Freya’s methodical thought process lends an objectivity to her perspective that most characters lack, demonstrating her intellect and capability as both a character and a queen. In addition to providing a lead female character that readers can respect, Freya’s cleverness keeps the plot moving forward without giving too much away.
Managing to successfully blend science and fantasy, Long May She Reign is an intriguing novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end.