WIR #4: The Black Queen

Black QueenRusch, Kristine Kathryn. The Black Queen: Book One of Black Throne. New York: Bantam Books. Copyright © 1999, by Kristine K. Rusch.

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The Black Queen is book one in the diptych titled Black Throne. I've owned both copies for a number of years, but haven't read them. I have, however, read a couple of other books by Rusch, and I like her work. I expect that I'll like this one, too.

Properly, I should probably read the five books in her Fey series first, since it looks like this is set in that universe, but I don't own those, so that's not about to happen.

The blurb:

The Fey Empire has been at peace for fifteen years. But Queen Arianna, who holds the Black Throne, has become increasingly troubled by a mysterious presence that is waking in her mind. It is a force of ruthless power, determined to seize the throne even if it means destroying Arianna's very essence in the process. And when the queen's body is not her own, it spells trouble for a warlike empire already beginning to chafe under the strictures of peace.

Worse, it seems that the only person who can help Arianna is her brother, Gift, the legitimate heir to the Black Throne — and the one the Throne itself has chosen as ruler. To refuse its summoning could bring disaster, but to accept it could be more dire still. So while his sister is locked in a battle to save her very soul, Gift must use his incomplete knowledge of magic in a desperate fight to discover a solution. At stake is the fate of the entire world — which stands poised on the brink of unimaginable chaos.

I think I'm going to focus on finishing Le Guin's book first, though, before I tackle this one.

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