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( Read Epub ) ï The Queen of Ieflaria ⚧ Princess Esofi of Rhodia and Crown Prince Albion of Ieflaria have been betrothed since they were children but have never met At age seventeen, Esofi s journey to Ieflaria is not for the wedding she always expected but instead to offer condolences on the death of her would be husbandBut Ieflaria is desperately in need of help from Rhodia for their dragon problem, so Esofi is offered a new betrothal to Prince Albion s younger sister, the new Crown Princess Adale But Adale has no plans of taking the throne, leaving Esofi with to battle than fire breathing beasts The Queen of Ieflaria is fantasy novel about two princess falling in love and fighting dragons I love the concept and I find worldbuilding to be fascinating, however, I can t say that I loved the book Overall, it was an underwhelming reading experience Despite all of the cool elements sapphic princesses dragons magic , I felt that the book lacked a spark and depth to the characterization and major conflict.We follow the story from the pov of two princesses Esofi and Adale Esofi tra The Queen of Ieflaria is fantasy novel about two princess falling in love and fighting dragons I love the concept and I find worldbuilding to be fascinating, however, I can t say that I loved the book Overall, it was an underwhelming reading experience Despite all of the cool elements sapphic princesses dragons magic , I felt that the book lacked a spark and depth to the characterization and major conflict.We follow the story from the pov of two princesses Esofi and Adale Esofi travels to the kingdom of Ieflaria to marry the crown prince for political alliance between the two kingdoms, however the prince has died and now Esofi is to be married to Adale, who has become crown princess, Adale doesn t want to be a queen so things don t go smoothly.Esofi is my favorite character in the novel She s badass sapphic fat mage and a princess.She s talented, she s serious and attentive She s going to be such a good queen As a common thing for her kingdom, she doesn t have a preference for gender of her partner spouse Casual normalicy of queer relationship is definitely compelling On the other hand, Adale is the opposite She used to have a lazy free life, doing nothing and having no responsibilities For the most part of the novel, she s an eighteen year old behaving like she s ten I was exhausted by her.To be fair, Adale does have her moments, when she stands against religious fuled prejudice and when she becomeshelpful as she realizes that she should contribute to the fighting dragons issue Esofi can come up as too religious She s not exactly close minded but some of the things she says are alarming.I like the complexity of religion system The author includes different types of common religion in different kingdoms which creates the authenticy of it However, the importance of gods and how the worship have direct connection to gifts was less interesting I just didn t like it.Worldbuilding in general has many fascinating elements, from different states and nations, to different magical creatures and languages However, it felt very introductory, the world lacked depth The author includes all of the interesting pieces for no immediate gain to the story I believe she s setting up for the sequels, though.The supporting cast of characters is underwhelmingly flat All of them are one dimensional and extremely unlikeable I was so convinced that one of Esofi s friends has secret agenda because of the way she was written No, she s just a mean person Although, in case of Esofi s friends, I could at least recognize their different cardboard types of personalities, Adale s friends are just three versions of Adale, minus status of crown princess.The villains of the story are as well cardboard of every other villain I d prefer the novel to focuson romance or on plot, if we can t have both of the plotlines interesting enough In the end, romance was patchy I mean, we had several scenes between Adale and Esofi together in romantic context but they were far in between I didn t get feels The plot was overall predictable, except few turns here and there.For such a short novel, it took me three days to finish it because of how unengaging the book was.Don t get me wrong, The Queen of Ieflaria is a solid three star read The writing was good enough, the plot and the main characters were good enough, but nothingIf you like fantasy and queer leading ladies, I would definitely recommend this book, I just wanted something , I wanted to feel , while reading the book.I admit the ending was super adorable, why couldn t we have the whole book like that 3.50 Stars A good YA fantasy read I just love lesfic fantasy books, and when you throw in dragon s it just makes it all the better However, this was not a perfect book for me The premise was great, but this had a few misses when it came to execution But overall I enjoyed the read and will read book 2 in this series Princess Esofi I pronounced it Sophie but am not sure if that is right has been engaged to the Prince of Ieflaria since she was a child Now that she is 18, it is time to offi 3.50 Stars A good YA fantasy read I just love lesfic fantasy books, and when you throw in dragon s it just makes it all the better However, this was not a perfect book for me The premise was great, but this had a few misses when it came to execution But overall I enjoyed the read and will read book 2 in this series Princess Esofi I pronounced it Sophie but am not sure if that is right has been engaged to the Prince of Ieflaria since she was a child Now that she is 18, it is time to officially sign the marriage pact and live in Ieflaria But during the four months journey to Ieflaria she learns the news the prince has died Esofi knows she cannot return home so she must marry the second in line which happens to be the Princess Adale Adale has never wanted to rule The plans have always been for her brother to sit on the thrown, not her But with pressure from her parents and increased dragon attacks, Adale must decide between marrying Esofi or giving up the crown and running away As I mentioned above, I really liked the premise but there were times it didn t totally come together for me There were a few times when there was too much info dumping especially when it came to all the Gods and Goddesses It was a lot of info to take in I wish Calvin would have slowed down her approach I did feel like I got everything squared away by the end, but it took a while There were also subjects that were touched on but not really developed The science versus magic debate and the sort of secret sect of one of the Goddesses that Esofi belonged to Calvin teased these issues but nothing came of it I don t know if it was due to this being a series, or if she just abandoned the ideas When it came to the characters, I really liked Esofi She was a real badass and some of the scenes with her battling the dragons were my favorite I m going to jump back to what I was saying about undeveloped ideas Esofi brought a bunch of battlemages with her to fight the dragons I was really looking forward to some big dragon, magic battles, but again nothing happened with that There was plenty with Esofi and Dragons, but the army of battlemages was useless Back to the characters, I did like the other main Adale, but something about her was missing for me Esofi was so strong that she kind of eclipsed Adale in this story.The romance is very PG, but it was sweet I did enjoy the scenes with them together I do have to complain about the ending though Esofi and Adale really needed to talk and work things out, but it was sort of just passed over for a future scene with one of Adale s super annoying friends I wantedof the couple working things out, not an annoying secondary character I was hoping was banned for good Speaking of that annoying character, that is something I hope Calvin will work on Her secondary characters need to befleshed out, they were all really wooden One thing I did really like, sexuality and gender was not an issue at all Too many lesfic fantasy books the couples have issues due to their sex or who they love It was nice to see for a change that it didn t matter one bit I would recommend this book to fantasy fans It does have some bumps, but overall it was a good read I will not hesitate to read book 2, and I m hopeful maybe a few of my current issues will be addressed in that book An ARC was given to me by NineStar Press, for a honest review. I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own Real rating 3.5 stars, rounding up for the gay.Short review this was good and very gay and it had kittens, dragons and unicorns You can stop here if that sounds like something you need in your life and honestly, you can never have enough of all those things.Slightly longer review I liked a lot of the stuff in this, and that s also the biggest problem of this book.L I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own Real rating 3.5 stars, rounding up for the gay.Short review this was good and very gay and it had kittens, dragons and unicorns You can stop here if that sounds like something you need in your life and honestly, you can never have enough of all those things.Slightly longer review I liked a lot of the stuff in this, and that s also the biggest problem of this book.Let me explain, but first let s talk about what I liked, because as you can see from my rating I did like it.I liked the main characters Adale and Esofi I liked them in their differences and on their own Their romance was sweet, slow paced and even if there was miscommunication it was almost always resolved pretty soon and easily view spoiler Also, everyone should learn to apologize by gifting a kitten to the person they ve wronged, just saying hide spoiler The world felt well researched and thought out, and I felt like if givenpage time this could become something big and epic Unfortunately, I think this is where the book fell short there were a lot of elements that were interesting and I would have loved to seeof, but there just wasn t enough time to explore everything I would have liked fewer elements but exploreddeeply One example of this is the science vs religion thing that was only briefly mentioned The thing is, I can live with something being mentioned in passing, but the way this was shown felt like it was going to have a lot of weigh in the story, when in fact it didn t The same could be said about other worldbuilding elements as well as the relationships between the main characters and secondary ones.One thing I did love about the world was how absolutely not heteronormative this was Everyone is pan and that s really cool, I 100% approve.Overall, I liked it but I felt like too many things were shoved into it, with a world that was too big for 175 pages where we also had to get to know the characters and see a relationship develop Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read and it s definitely clear that the author has very good worldbuilding skills I think with a bigger focus on fewer elements andpage time this could easily have been a five stars read YES YES YES YES YES