Riveting Read: The Nameless Queen
An empowering narrative chock full of suprises
Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Victoria Aveyard
Her current read is ‘The Nameless Queen’ by Rebecca McLauglin
This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble
Everyone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.
It shouldn't even be possible. I'm Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don't even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.
But there's no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don't?
Rebecca McLauglin’s characters are exciting, complex and thoroughly entertaining. She has written an underdog story that reveals the importance of knowing who you are (and then hopefully accepting it). Essentially this story is about a characters coming to terms with who she really is instead of who she thought she was. The women in this tale are smart and complicated especially Coin and Ester. The main character, Coin, is the underdog of this tale and has an interesting balance of personality traits. She is passionate and caring yet afraid to let anyone close to her, strong morales and yet selfish at times and her best quality was her wit and sarcasm. These traits made her a realistic character adding to her authenticity and you couldn’t help but root for her as she took on the Empire to get rights for her fellow Nameless. All the characters had a wonderful dynamic which made this a fantastic read.
Mclauglin has created a dark and forbidden world that never has a dull moment. There is so much to love in this novel, it has an interesting magic system, a divided country, compelling characters and is chock full of court intrigue. There is an emphasis throughout the novel on family, both blood and chosen that I feel is refreshing especially since there is no romance whatsoever in this novel instead it chooses to focus on familial connections. There a strong themes of oppression, injustice and inequality demonstrated through the caste system in this world and the divisions this has caused as well as the repercussions for the people on the lowest tier. McLaughlin has a relevant take on prejudice, racism and elitism that has parallels in todays world however it never fells like you are being preached to. The action builds up to an astouding ending which includes a number of twists and turns along the way. A powerful story full of heart and emotion, had me wishing this was a series.
A fast and absorbing read that keeps you on your toes
You can find this book in Young Adult Fiction under MCL