I have a decided weakness for books with royalty in the titles. There is just something about picking up a Young Adult book that shouts “QUEEN!” that fills me with immense joy. (Probably because I want to be queen of all when I grow up?) And, as YA title trends go, this is quite a popular one.
Today I have a list of royalishly (that’s totally a word, shhh) books for any majestic reading cravings you might have.
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine is probably one of my most favourite books of the year. Seriously, I could shriek about it forever! It has a Slavic feel to the setting, plus much fire and ice magic, and a decidedly tortured queen who ends up on the run due to not having the powers she “should have”.
Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine is a fairytale retelling about dragons and princesses and wicked queens. What could possibly go wrong with this fabulous combination?
The Serpent King by Zentner is set in a small gothic town and is about crime and cults. I haven’t read this one yet, but have heard marvellous things about it. It possibly doesn’t have actual royalty in it? But eh. The title is still amazing.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas is fourth in the Throne of Glass series. (Apparently mixing “shadows” and “queens” is quite popular. Who knew?) It definitely is about the missing heir to the throne finally owning up to her heritage and beginning the war for her kingdom back.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima starts off an intensely AMAZING epic fantasy series about thieves and magicians, and it actually has a queendom. I KNOW! Praise the world for a matriarchy in YA fantasy for once! It also has the kind of hilarious banter that you need in your life. I promise. You just do.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is probably one of the most hyped books in the dystopian YA circles at the moment. It’s has a definite Xmen vibe to it, with people sprouting superpowers all over the place. The different classes have different coloured blood and rebellion is in the air. (As usual, with dystopians. The peasants are never satisfied, are they?)
Iron King by Julie Kagawa starts off an intense series about faeries and magic and probably mayhem. I mean, have you ever read a book about faeries were everyone played nice? I don’t think so. The series also continues with the royalty theme with other books being called The Lost Prince and Iron Queen.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare is the second in the Infernal Devices series…and while it doesn’t so much feature royalty, the book is a whirlwind if maniac demon and shapeshifter adventures. Plus it’s set in the period times. Imagine clonking a demon while wearing a corset, okay?! These people deserve our respect for sure.
The False Prince by Jennifer A Neilson is a hysterical book. Honestly. You need this one just for the pure amounts of sass that runaway thief, Sage, manages to throw at people. This is all about impersonating princes and very high stakes (aka death) if he fails.