on January 15, 2015
In the future, the world is at war.
For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.
All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.
Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.
Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.
I’ve started and stopped The Queen of All That Dies twice thanks to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, but since I took the plunge and bought this one and it’s sequel while it was on sale, I was determined to finish The Queen of All That Dies this time. Now that I’ve turned the last page, though, I can’t say that I was blown away. I believe my ‘meh’ feeling towards this read had to do with the fact that there was a lot of world building and a foundation being laid for the rest of the books in this series will stand on.
Serenity – the heroine of The Queen of All That Dies – irked me and at the same time had me wanting to shout a rallying cry. She was so strong and yet I felt it ended up becoming her downfall. You can change the appearance of a solider but you can’t change the fact that that person is and will always be a solider, and I believe wholeheartedly that this sums up Serenity’s character, 100%. When she was in certain situations where she could’ve run away and chose to live to fight another day, she would instead pick up the nearest weapon and jump to the front lines without a care that she was now the queen and just as important as Montes.
Another thing that I felt irksome about Serenity were the times when she had this hatred for all that Montes did but didn’t take one second to stop and think on the things that could’ve made him the way he was. Just as she was changed by the things that went on she didn’t apply that same reasoning to Montes – although you’ll end up finding out what his true colors really were and end up asking yourself if you’re still on his bandwagon or you want off that ride. Regardless, though, I was still able to understand her hatred for Montes, but at the same time she was so closed off from accepting the fact that there could’ve been another side to this conflict; I only say that because some of the people on her side of things were super shady, but she ends up finding that out for herself eventually.
Montes – the king and hero of The Queen of All That Dies – was a surprise and a disappointment. Seeing as Serenity was such a warrior I kind of expected him to be one as well, or to at least be able to defend himself and not run every time things got dicey. On the other hand, though, it was a great to see how he used his intellect as a weapon that was just as sharp and deadly as Serenity’s chosen weapon.
I’m excited for what comes next. The ending of The Queen of All That Dies had me feeling butterflies because I know things are about to pop off in the most epic way possible.