Waiting on Wednesday: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte


Date Released: February 26, 2019

Publisher: Putnam


A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

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These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

Why I am Excited About It:

Since BookCon was this weekend people have been freaking about a variety of books, mainly Wildcard, Priory of the Orange Tree, Muse of Nightmares, and this lovely little gem. So I figured that since it was the only one that I had not heard of and it sounded pretty interesting, I should go check it out. Turns out it has been in my TBR pile since July of 2017. So yeah, I am definitely in need of cleaning out my TBR pile on GoodReads. Anyway, the book! I love fantasy novels and these books about Queens are kind of a guilty pleasure (Three Dark Crowns, Furyborn, Throne of Glass, etc). Though I am curious about what Keralie has to do with the Queens besides seeing them murdered. I feel like there is something more happening that we are not being told about.  Also is this a science fiction fantasy novel, because they are talking about technology but it seems very High Fantasy; so is it like Mirage? I guess that I am going to have to read it and find out.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine and is hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings.


9 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

  1. Look at that cover!! That alone has me wanting to take a closer look at this one. That’s funny that it is already on your TBR pile. LOL I hope you enjoy it when you read it!


  2. This does sound interesting, and I thought of the Three Dark crowns series too. Plus that cover- love it! I may get it just for that, and if the book is good too- bonus!


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