Try to imagine this. Try to imagine that you’re the last of a dying, powerful breed. Try to imagine that you can’t live alone. You have to marry a modern-day king, or you’ll die.
That’s me – the Last Queen. As my life falls apart, I’m forced into a world of dark magic, death, power, and arrogant kings who will do anything to acquire me.
In this violent game, I will need to align myself to live. But, instead, I will choose to fight….
The Last Queen is the lovechild of two things: urban fantasy… and chess. A strange mixture, but it works surprisingly well. I had a couple of small quibbles with it – the main character’s internal monologue can be a little repetitive, for instance – but I really enjoyed the fresh concept and the action-packed ride.
I wish the book had built to a more satisfying resolution, but considering this is the first novella in a serial fantasy (is that what we’re calling these episodic stories?), it’s understandable. The second and third installments are already out, so you won’t have to wait long for more.
Odette C Bell is nothing if not prolific – by my count she has sixteen series openers available for free at the time of this posting. If you liked The Last Queen, check the rest out as well.