Book Review: Trial of the Sun Queen by Nisha Tuli


My book review of Trail of the Sun Queen by Nisha Tuli. An Epic Journey Through Myth and Magic... I guess...

Title: Trial of the Sun Queen

By: Nisha Tuli

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 400

Release Date: November 15th, 2022

Publisher: Forever

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Ten women. A deadly contest. Only one can win the Sun King's heart.

Lor has endured twelve long years of torment under the Aurora King’s rule. Her only desire is to escape and pay him back for every moment of misery she's endured.

When a surprise release finds her in the hands of the rival Sun King, Lor is thrust into the spotlight as she competes against nine other Tributes for the role of queen. If she wins his heart, she'll earn her freedom and finally get her revenge.

But Lor doesn't belong in the Sun Queen Trials. Not only does she not understand why she was freed, she isn’t a citizen of the Sun King’s court. The other Tributes resent her presence and will stop at nothing to ensure Lor is removed from the competition, permanently.

Now Lor must win, because if she loses, she dies. Or worse, she'll be returned to the evil—and now vengeful—Aurora King.


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What the Harry Potter, Sarah J. Maas wannabe did I just read? The story starts off far too dark and disturbing to set a nice tone for the rest of the book. In fact, I felt really dirty and wrong. Once the story started to progress, there was a lingering question of "what is going on." All the characters were saying it. I was saying it. There were no little tidbits or treasures to help the mind grasp onto the mystery, it just became an annoyance, especially when Lor met the king and he even thought it was odd that no one had told Lor anything. When your own characters are questioning your writing choices maybe its time to stop and think about things.

King Atlas was just plane creepy and I couldn't stop thinking about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire mixed with smut and fairies. The only thing keeping me reading this book was my neurodivergent need to know the lingering secret that has been driving me nuts the entire book. By the way, super big let down.

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