Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl's unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

She may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don't respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, she knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom--and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can't trust anyone. Not her advisers. Not the king's dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya's enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062418685
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 22 cm


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Long May She Reign

Freya was never meant to be queen. As the 23rd person in the line of succession to the throne, she was far more comfortable in her makeshift laboratory than in the king’s court. But when a royal birthday celebration ends with hundreds of royals and nobles dead, everything changes. Surrounded by strangers, unsure of who to trust, and determined to solve the mystery of who caused the court mass… (more)

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sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This book was not my favorite, but I must give it credit for originality. Our unlikely and antisocial heroine, Freya, inherits the throne after an unexpected tragedy. Much to her dismay, she is forced into the role of queen. Fearing that the event that led to her newfound power was the result of foul play, Freya decides to find the perpetrator of the horrific crime through…wait for it…SCIENCE. Of course in the meantime, Freya decides to make the best of her circumstances and becomes a reluctant, albeit conscientious, ruler.

There are parts of the book I liked, but it was by no means a page turner.

Jul 06, 2017

Rather slow-paced, so don't go into it looking for an action-packed, fast read. In fact, most of the plot hinges around Freya's scientific experiments, which should give you an idea of the pace of the book. I didn't mind it because the characters were strong and the political intrigue well done. The romance was predictable and while I had nothing against the hero, I didn't find it particularly interesting. I loved the friendship between the girls, though. The novel could have easily gone in the direction of mean girls and girl hate, but it didn't, and it was so lovely. Freya's development from an insecure, shy girl to a capable queen was equally well done. (And she risked her life for her cat, so that wins her all the points with me.)

As long as you don't go into it expecting a fast, exciting read, you may get on well with Long May She Reign.

Jun 20, 2017

On the whole, Long May She Reign was a little more character driven than the action and mystery adventure I might have expected from the description. But I enjoyed Freya’s character development, the honest portrayal of her anxieties, and the way she had to cope with such a sudden and drastic shift in her expectations for her future. The mix of science and political intrigue really worked for me, despite the fact that the cover and marketing give this book a fantasy vibe that is only realized in the medievalesque setting.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/06/20/long-may-she-reign/

Beatricksy May 13, 2017

Such a sorrowful disappointment. The premise is fantastic, but the execution...guh. It begins at an agonizingly creaking pace, rockets up to 75mph for a while, and then clunks back down to doddering, should-put-the-hazards-on, speed with dropped plot points littering the road behind it. The first half is fine, once you get twenty pages in. MC is confused, scared, trying out her new role while being uninformed and causing trouble--the conflict is there and it is good...until Stern rebels and the pointless romance starts up (seriously, pages of kiss analysis await you). The villain was anticlimactic, and the resolution was lazy. I've read too much good fantasy to be impressed by this meager offering.

Apr 29, 2017

Freya is 23rd in line for the throne and ruling a kingdom is at the back of her mind. She’d rather stay in her laboratory and conduct scientific research instead of going to a ball. She was going to run far away from her home and become a famous scientist. But that dream was crushed after someone poisoned the entire court and Freya was now the queen. But now that the murderer knows that someone else in the court is still alive, Freya’s life is in danger. She then decides to use her scientific knowledge to find the culprit before she becomes their next target. Freya is an intelligent and independent girl whom I fell in love with throughout the novel. The romance and mystery was blended nicely into one perfect concoction and the ending was riveting. The author did such a good job at making me suspect so many culprits until the end where everything was put in place and I was left thinking that I should’ve known. This is a really good book that I would definitely recommend. Rating: 5/5
- @Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Rhiannon Thomas's 'Long May She Reign' introduces Freya, a teenage scientist whom, as the fourth cousin of the king once removed, is wholly disillusioned with court life. When tragedy strikes and the entire line of succession leading up to her dies at the royal feast in honour of the king's birthday, her plans to escape are thrown into disarray as she is forced to assume the throne. What follows is a coming of age story that flies in the face of the traditional plot attributed to that genre. Rather than finding out whom she wants to be on the battlefield, striving for change and rebellion, Freya discovers herself in her lab, her studies, relationships and crown.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The beginning of the book may seem a bit boring for some of you but don't worry! It gets so much better! At first, I found the protagonist annoying and a bit dramatic, as all she ever seemed to do was stress. But throughout the ups and downs of mystery and suspense one thing becomes clear: she isn't your average queen. Her personality can be seen as either "soft", or in my opinion, wise. She refuses to punish those with death, which seems like nothing but really, if you are about to be killed for a small thing, you wouldn't think it was a small deal anymore. Being thrown into a world of power, but now covered in bloodshed and murder, her ability to adapt is really strong. The nice ties with chemistry are interesting, especially for any future chemists out there. Truly, long may she reign.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 28, 2017


Feb 10, 2017

Long May She Reign was a fun mystery that skimmed on the characterization.
Plot: On the night of a large court ball, Freya and her best friend sneak away to Freya's lab to continue her experiments. A few hours later, her frantic father tells her that everyone in court is dead and that she is the new monarch. With a mass murderer on the loose and an unstable kingdom, Freya has a lot on her hands.

At the end of the day, Long May She Reign was a fun novel. There were a lot of mini twists that helped shift the suspicion on other characters and small developments that kept me turning pages. Despite being over 400 pages, I managed to read this one in less than a day because it was intriguing and an easy read. It's rather fast-paced which made this so easy to finish in a day.

This is a prime example of why 3-star reviews are so impossible. Overall, Long May She Reign was a nice read, I have no major complaints nor was there anything that took my breath away so I don't really feel like I'm providing an adequate amount of feedback.

Characters: Freya was quirky and awkward, all that you would expect from a 16-year-old girl. As the 26th person in line for the throne, she didn't expect to have to rule a kingdom and spent her time advancing in science. Freya felt real; her awkward interactions trying to decide what was best for her kingdom was genuine and well written.

There was a bit of character overload in this book because so many people influence Freya. At times, it was hard to keep track of all of these characters and most of them felt like they were throw-away characters - on the page just to be a possible murder suspect with no development. None of the characters had any other qualities besides being a murder suspect which lessened my enjoyment as a character-driven reader.

Worldbuilding: Long May She Reign was alternative history that didn't explore its settings as much as I had hoped. Freya was essentially locked up in a tower to keep safe and barely got to explore her kingdom. There were key locations that she had to travel to in order to move the story along, but there was nothing definitive to make this world familiar or memorable for me.

Short N Sweet: Long May She Reign is an enjoyable read, but nothing to write home about.


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Jun 20, 2017

It was one thing to be uncomfortable in court, to hate all the pretenses and be desperate to leave. It was quite another to panic, to become so frightened of the people around me that I forgot how to breathe.

Jun 20, 2017

It was one thing to be uncomfortable in court, to hate all the pretenses and be desperate to leave. It was quite another to panic, to become so frightened of the people around me that I forgot how to breathe.


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Jun 20, 2017

Twenty-third in line to the throne, Freya never had any expectation of coming anywhere near the crown. Instead, she dreamed of leaving the pomp and pretense far behind for a career in the sciences on the continent, where such things are appreciated. But when most of the court is poisoned for motives unknown at the king’s birthday celebration, Freya finds that all those ahead of her in the succession are dead. For better or worse, as long as she is still breathing, she is now Queen of Epria. Thrust into a position she never wanted, she must fight to hold onto it, or be killed by rival claimants to the throne. Unsure if she was even meant to survive the massacre, Freya is besieged on all sides as she tries to find out who murdered the king, and why.


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