Thank you so much to Blink and NetGalley for letting me read and review an e-arc for Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan. It was a super interesting, quick read, so I definitely enjoyed it!
Tiger Queen 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Let’s start with my favorite aspect of pretty much any book- the characters! I really liked the Desert Boys and I thought Kateri was an interesting character- at times she seemed super naive and too trusting, but at the same time, it made sense as to why she was the way she was. Growing up as the only child to the king, next in line for the throne IF she’s able to defeat all of her opponents in the arena must have been a lot of pressure and a lot of sheltering/training. I thought that Rodric was a little bit meh in terms of a villain- he seemed very on dimensional and that made me kinda sad- he could have been built out in so many ways, so I wish that had actually happened. Cion was an interesting secondary main character and having him leading the desert boys made him so much more interesting.
I really liked how quick a read this book was. The plot moved along very steadily throughout and it was generally just a fun, easy read. Tiger Queen comes out on September 10th, so be on the lookout for it then or pre-order it/request it at your local library to make sure that you have a chance to read it ASAP!