Title: The Queen of Lies
Author: Michael J. Bode
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: Free Copy from Author
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Maddox is a mage with
dreams of immortality and a drinking problem. Heath is a faithless
priest working as an assassin for hire, paired with a sentient sword.
Jessa, the last daughter in a long line of Thrycean tyrants, is a timid
young woman seeking to escape her domineering mother, Satryn.
the greatest city in the Protectorate, is a place of arcane magic and
mechanical wonders that has stood for five hundred years as a bulwark
against the tyrannical Stormlords of Thrycea. But Riven's strong
foundation is beginning to crack. People are dying in their sleep, the
dead are walking the streets, refugees are flooding the city, and a
mysterious Harbinger has returned with dire omens that could mean the
end of the Protectorate.
Murder, magic and politics create a
menacing tangle that the three must resolve before the Protectorate is
crushed. But first they must save each other.(Goodreads Synopsis)
The Queen of Lies is a book about which I cannot, even now, decide how I feel. There were certain things about it that I loved: individual characters, the world building, the full LGBT spectrum displayed, and the wry humour. However, I struggled to connect with the plot overall. I became invested in certain characters, Maddox in particular, but my interest focused on those individual story arcs, rather than the piece as a whole. That said, this is the first book in a series, so perhaps that overall plot will become clearer and more gripping as the tale progresses. I would not rush to seek out but two, but I would certainly read it if the opportunity arose. I recommend this book to LGBT readers looking for an epic fantasy tale where romance is not the key element. 3.5 stars.