This is the story of a girl who is twenty-third in line for the throne and after a banquet turns deadly she is crowned Queen. She has to discover who killed the previous king and court and try to keep her own head. I was surprised to find out who was responsible for the deaths and honestly thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is a standalone which is refreshing after reading so many series and trilogies lately.
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne. Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles dont respect her, her councilors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom -- and her life. Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she cant trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the kings dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself. As Freyas enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.