Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”
In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.
But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.
I have not read anything quite like the Tiger Queen. It was very original. Frank Richard Stockton wrote a short story called “The Lady or The Tiger”, which is the inspiration for the Tiger Queen. I haven’t read the short story, but it must have been one of those reads that stuck with the author. Now on to my review.
The world building was very detailed and unique. Achra was a city built over an oasis in the desert. The city was facing a drought and it was very trying on the people. There were customs and rituals described. Different animals and art forms. It was really cool to see how their whole world revolved around sand. It drew me into the story and kept me turning the pages.
The characters were well done. Kateri, the MC, had a lot of personal growth. I am very glad of that. Honestly, I didn’t like her to begin with as she came off cruel and spoiled. There was a kind person under the shell that her father built. Cion was my favorite. He was mature for his age and made me think of Robin Hood. I absolutely love Robin Hood. Then there is the king and Rodic. They were just evil, through and through. It was so delicious! I just loved how there was no redeeming qualities for them. I enjoy stories where there is a definite bad guy and a definite good guy. Otherwise I sometimes feel bad for the bad guy to lose if he has too many good reasons for being bad.
The ending was perfect. I would not have changed a bit. I was so happy and satisfied with the ending I haven’t been able to pick up another book. I don’t want to ruin the good vibes I have going.