ARC Review: Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

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Queen of Coin and Whispers

by Helen Corcoran

O’Brien Press

YA Fantasy, Political Mystery, F/F

OUT APRIL 2020!!


When idealistic teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold… Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.

As the two grow closer, they’re quick to learn that all isn’t fair in love and treason.

They must decide not only what to sacrifice for duty, but also for each other…


Thank you to the publishers at O’Brien Press for sending me an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Just as I’m sitting down to write this review, I’m bitterly reminded of how much I miss this book. I only finished it a few days ago, but I regret now how quickly I devoured this wonderful book. I need more, Helen, and I NEED IT NOW.

Queen of Coin and Whispers is an upcoming debut by Irish author Helen Corcoran, and it’s out in April 2020. I strongly urge you all to get this book once its out. I have read many books, but the voice and style of this epic fantasy tale will long stay with me because of just how unique and unforgettable it is.

Full of edge-of-your-seat political intrigue and a fantasically crafted love story between our two main characters, it follows the journey of Lia, who becomes Queen after the death of her uncle, and Xania, who becomes the Queen’s spymaster but also has a vendetta for the man who murdered her own father. As Lia and Xania meet, which is the best first encounter I have ever read, they grow closer and closer. But as a romance blossoms, can they really be lovers when her entire kingdom expects Lia to birth an heir?

This book was FANTASTIC. Not only did I fall in love with the plot and the cast of characters, but there were so many details in this book that I loved. Specifically, which is probably a silly point to make, but I love how normalized queer people are in this book. Although Lia and Xania’s relationship is frowned upon, it’s not because they’re two women, but it’s because Lia, as Queen, is expected to have a husband and a child to take over the monarchy when she dies.

There were so many plot twists throughout this book too that made me feel like I just couldn’t put it down. I got so easily lost in Corcoran’s characters and world that I didn’t notice time fly by. Lia and Xania are now two of my favourite bookish characters and I would willingly die for them. I cannot wait to see what Corcoran writes next, because I sure as hell will be devouring it just as much as I did Queen. Bravo!


 Rating: ★★★★★

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