The Widow Queen, a review by Cat

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The Widow Queen
Elżbieta Cherezińska

512 Pages
Published April 6, 2021
By Tor/Forge Books

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If you are a fan of epic historical fantasy, then The Widow Queen, written by Elżbieta Cherezińska, is a novel that will be worth your time. However, I do want to take a minute to thank Maya Zakrzewska-Pim for translating this novel. Without that, I never would have been able to read it!

Swietoslawa was never content to follow her father’s orders. She doesn’t want to go down the same path as her sisters. She didn’t want a husband – she wanted a throne and crown of her own. She wanted to be more than a pawn; she wanted the right to rule on her own.

A right she’s willing to fight for. Unfortunately, Swietoslawa is about to learn the meaning of a double-edged sword. As she is about to gain her wish…and all of the challenges that come with it. Set in Poland, 984, this is a thrilling tale of politics, determination, and the battle for power.

Can I just start with wow? I mean it when I say that I have never read anything quite like The Widow Queen. It was surprisingly dark and thrilling at times, and yet at others, I found myself inspired by Swietoslawa’s determination.

This is a rich and detailed read (the page count alone should make that clear) with lots of historical references pulled into the narrative to bring the world to life. I’ll be the first to admit that history is not my strong point, but I had no trouble at all following (and falling in love with) the history and world that Cherezińska presented here.

The Widow Queen was such a fascinating read; I’m so glad that I took the time to sit down and read it. I know that some people do not enjoy it when fiction and history meet, but I enjoyed this novel’s experience.

Thanks to #Tor #Forge and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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