Kings and Queens is a coming of age poetry book. The story follows a young queen as she struggles to find herself while dealing with the king’s rule, the fire-breathing dragon, and the evil queen.
Title: Kings and Queens
Author: J.N. Eagles
Published on February 1, 2020
Format: Paperback, 164 pages
Genre / Themes: Contemporary | Fantasy | Poetry
Rating: 3.5 cups of tea
I received a gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much J.N. Eagles for sending me a copy!
Wonderfully unique and beautifully written, this coming-of-age fantasy story was a true delight to start off the year. Like a modern-day Canterbury Tales, kings and queens is a poetry story about a young queen finding her own strength to rule her lands.
The story begins with the queen being forced to wed, to which the king takes control of the throne even though she’s the heir to the throne. As the kingdom struggles due to the king’s greed, obstacles come in their way to draw the kingdom closer to ruin. But as the story progresses, the queen begins to see that she doesn’t have to obey any man … that she has the power to make a difference and save her kingdom with her own strength.
I loved the trickle of woman empowerment and feminist topics in the story, as the queen combats sexism and an unjust patriarchal system. And that prose is just gorgeous … the words flow so beautifully.
The first section of the collection felt a little repetitive, but it might’ve been done deliberately to really emphasize the queen’s struggle with the king. In addition, I found that parts of the story felt incomplete. I felt lost at some transitions in the story, particularly with parts 2 and 3. It’s as though there were some poems missing, making the flow of the story less smooth.
I recommend this novel if you enjoy: poetry; fantasy; coming-of-age; feminism; quick reads.