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She's the last member of a cursed and deadly clan. He's the crown prince with a dangerous secret. Together, they'll save the empire--or destroy it. Decades ago, the High King of Sundolia waged a war that vanquished the serpent clan and drove them out of the empire, reducing them to nothing more than legends spoken of in occasional frightened whispers. But they did not leave She's the last member of a cursed and deadly clan. He's the crown prince with a dangerous secret. Together, they'll save the empire--or destroy it. Decades ago, the High King of Sundolia waged a war that vanquished the serpent clan and drove them out of the empire, reducing them to nothing more than legends spoken of in occasional frightened whispers. But they did not leave peacefully. Their parting gift included curses that now rest within the empire's soil, beneath the shade of its jungles, treading through the waves of its seas. Growing more and more dormant as the years pass under the shadow of that increasingly tyrannical high king. Until Alaya--a girl with a hidden serpent mark who shouldn't exist--accidentally wakes one of them up. Then another. And suddenly she finds herself near universally despised and feared, a scapegoat exiled from her adopted village and left with no choice but to seek the truth about her cursed bloodline. About her true home. About a power, stolen from the serpent goddess herself, that is supposedly resting in that home. It is the sort of power that could help her overthrow a king, expose the lies he's told, and put a stop to his wars. But the closer she gets to that power, the more complicated the truth becomes. The more dangerous her waking power seems. And the more she begins to wonder: Can you still be the hero if you were born a curse?


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She's the last member of a cursed and deadly clan. He's the crown prince with a dangerous secret. Together, they'll save the empire--or destroy it. Decades ago, the High King of Sundolia waged a war that vanquished the serpent clan and drove them out of the empire, reducing them to nothing more than legends spoken of in occasional frightened whispers. But they did not leave She's the last member of a cursed and deadly clan. He's the crown prince with a dangerous secret. Together, they'll save the empire--or destroy it. Decades ago, the High King of Sundolia waged a war that vanquished the serpent clan and drove them out of the empire, reducing them to nothing more than legends spoken of in occasional frightened whispers. But they did not leave peacefully. Their parting gift included curses that now rest within the empire's soil, beneath the shade of its jungles, treading through the waves of its seas. Growing more and more dormant as the years pass under the shadow of that increasingly tyrannical high king. Until Alaya--a girl with a hidden serpent mark who shouldn't exist--accidentally wakes one of them up. Then another. And suddenly she finds herself near universally despised and feared, a scapegoat exiled from her adopted village and left with no choice but to seek the truth about her cursed bloodline. About her true home. About a power, stolen from the serpent goddess herself, that is supposedly resting in that home. It is the sort of power that could help her overthrow a king, expose the lies he's told, and put a stop to his wars. But the closer she gets to that power, the more complicated the truth becomes. The more dangerous her waking power seems. And the more she begins to wonder: Can you still be the hero if you were born a curse?

30 review for The Queen of Cursed Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kira Simion

    Really thought this would be about something else because of the title, but it still sounds intriguing!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Thank you Kindle Unlimited for bringing this book to my attention!! So lately I've been on this huge Fantasy binge, which I am not complaining about, just wanted to state the fact. The Queen of Cursed Things was so interesting and way different than what I thought it was going to be about. It just throws you into the action from the first page and it takes you on an adventure. At the end, it's about forgiveness and some deep ass down soul searching. It is definitely a page turner my friends. I l Thank you Kindle Unlimited for bringing this book to my attention!! So lately I've been on this huge Fantasy binge, which I am not complaining about, just wanted to state the fact. The Queen of Cursed Things was so interesting and way different than what I thought it was going to be about. It just throws you into the action from the first page and it takes you on an adventure. At the end, it's about forgiveness and some deep ass down soul searching. It is definitely a page turner my friends. I loved the friendship between Alaya and Sade because they are two boss ass bitches. Hell even in the beginning you can understand that Alaya is going to be a BAB (Boss Ass Bitch) because her mom was a freaking bad ass. She killed a shit ton of people just to save her baby from being murder. If that doesn't scream love then I don't know what does. But she is definitely mother of the year. Decade even. LIFETIME. I will only spoil the first scene of the book, nothing else. Go read it for yourself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hetal

    To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here Realistically 3.5 stars for some of world/character building points, but I so immensly enjoyed the read that I'm giving it a strong 3.8. Which is essentially 4, so 4 stars!! Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy! The Queen of Cursed things seems a bit daunting at first when you see the glossary at the beginning. Different sects of Gods and humans and it seemed to be that there was a lot going To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here Realistically 3.5 stars for some of world/character building points, but I so immensly enjoyed the read that I'm giving it a strong 3.8. Which is essentially 4, so 4 stars!! Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy! The Queen of Cursed things seems a bit daunting at first when you see the glossary at the beginning. Different sects of Gods and humans and it seemed to be that there was a lot going on. I feared for not, however. Ignore the glossary at first and get right into the story is my suggestion. Alana is cursed by being born clan to the serphant God. She knows almost nothing of her kind and has been hiding her secret all her life, until a situation unfolds where she is forced to reveal her mark. Everyone in her village turns against her and she is brought to the cruel high king for death. However, death is not on the Agenda for Alaya. Many have other more devious plans for her. Queen of Cursed Things was a better read and more complex than I had expected. Simply put I loved it. Sade and Kian, Alaya's two close friends are the only ones that do not turn against her when they find out her secret. It doesn't mean they aren't hurt or angry, but they both learn to get passed it to help their friend. Prince Emerys was not what I was expecting at all. While he helped, he was a clvery passive character for the most part. I would have liked to see an intense hate to love or hate to trust, but most of the time we get indifference to yea, okay Alaya, you're cool and maybe not the destroyer of the world. We get some plot twists and there was a point I started crying when I realize literally no one is on Alaya's side, truly, but mostly at what happens at Sade's confession scene. Brava S.M. Gaither, brava. That scene was pure emotion. I get why Sade and Emerys did the things they did after the quartet returns from Amara (aka dragon god Land) near the end, but it was still heart-wrenching. Sade I forgave completely later, but not Emerys. And I'm glad it was Sade who brings Alaya back from the brink of madness. Though betrayals like that from two of the only people you trusted doesn't just go away. Alana is broken by the end and I think she really did make the right decision in the end. I love journey fantasy plots. There is just something so fun about characters getting to know each other, little quirks, little spata, and all the fun things they get to fight and evade. This book definitely delivered on all those points. Things I have quarrel with: STEP 👏 IT 👏 UP 👏 EMERYS. 👏 I literally have no idea what his relationship with Alaya is. Are they friends could they be more? I so desperately hoped they would. But by the end I could also see the glimmer of Emerys and Sade being together. I just don't know, what Emerys' relationship with ANYONE IS. Especially after the fight scene between Emerys and Alaya near the end. That just did not go as I expected. WHY DID NO ONE APOLOGIZE. BETRAYAL IS STILL BETRAYAL YOU TERRIBLE friends/lovers? Idk, like I said, by the end I don't really know what anyone's relationship with anyone is. Finally, very minor, these names literally drove me mad. It's like they were made to be edgy and different but really I just got annoyed. Alaya is just an awful name and sounds like a poor excuse for Alana (*nods* at Tamora Pierce). Sade just sounded harshand like a failed attempt for Sadie. and Emerys, well I just kept ausing to figure out how on Earth to say his name. It doesn't flow off the tongue fast enough for me to keep reading his name. I think at the end I decided on the pronunciation as Em-er-is. My hopes for book 2: 1. Emerys and Sade step up their game to support our girl and find ways to fix what they broke. 2. That Alaya does not spend the entirity/majority of the book away from Sade and Emerys. And then a love triangle happening while she is away. Please no. Just focus on the plot of and her finding what needs to be found for herself and returning. 3. Though the friendships we're strong, they were really tenuous. Yea that needs to stop. 4. Emerys apologizing and and stops being a passive little bitch both about his feelings and as a king.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniell Marsh

    I wasn’t sure about this book in the beginning as sounded like a lot of different clans or people at first and thought it might be hard to follow. I actually started it and set it aside as had problems concentrating as was getting a migraine. Well when I came back a couple days later found my fears were groundless. The story get told in a way that makes it easy to follow the different people so that it is not confusing. I did like the story and characters and it was left with more to follow it f I wasn’t sure about this book in the beginning as sounded like a lot of different clans or people at first and thought it might be hard to follow. I actually started it and set it aside as had problems concentrating as was getting a migraine. Well when I came back a couple days later found my fears were groundless. The story get told in a way that makes it easy to follow the different people so that it is not confusing. I did like the story and characters and it was left with more to follow it felt but not a cliffhanger more of a HFN. There was a couple twist did not expect, one I personally was not happy about but could see why it happened the way it did and understood it. I would read this author again and enjoyed the book. I did receive an ARC copy from Hidden Gems for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    There's lots to enjoy about this book. First, the works building is excellent with its intricate society structure and hierarchy denoted by markings. Next of course are the characters. Alaya is herself nicely layered and fascinating. It's a pleasure watching her develop as she deals with what's thrown at her, and the supporting cast of characters is equally strong. Finally, the plot, well written and full of adventure for our heroes to go through. As noted, lots to enjoy. I'm glad I downloaded t There's lots to enjoy about this book. First, the works building is excellent with its intricate society structure and hierarchy denoted by markings. Next of course are the characters. Alaya is herself nicely layered and fascinating. It's a pleasure watching her develop as she deals with what's thrown at her, and the supporting cast of characters is equally strong. Finally, the plot, well written and full of adventure for our heroes to go through. As noted, lots to enjoy. I'm glad I downloaded this one and got the chance to do so. Definitely recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thi

    This was my first read from this author and it was a very interesting read. I really did enjoy it and would definitely read more from her.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Addict

    I'm a fan of fantasy and magic and this book delivered. I liked that this book has a different concept and the author created a wonderful world. There are clans based on the mark you're born with linking them to their associated God which determines their magic and hierarchy. There are a lot of moving parts in the book that kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Note: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this boo I'm a fan of fantasy and magic and this book delivered. I liked that this book has a different concept and the author created a wonderful world. There are clans based on the mark you're born with linking them to their associated God which determines their magic and hierarchy. There are a lot of moving parts in the book that kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Note: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Bolden-lewis

    Loved everything about this story from the action at the beginning to the forgiveness and soul searching at the end. Can't wait to see what happens next for the Rook and the Dragon!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nix

    I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review. First of all, S.M. Gaither most certainly has a way with words. The use of prose in this book is absolutely lovely. The descriptions are enthralling, the world building is intense. That being said...I was surprised that I had such a small connection with the characters. I liked Alaya, and Sade - and the Crown Prince - but I did not LOVE them. Actually...I had to set the book aside for a couple of days when work g I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review. First of all, S.M. Gaither most certainly has a way with words. The use of prose in this book is absolutely lovely. The descriptions are enthralling, the world building is intense. That being said...I was surprised that I had such a small connection with the characters. I liked Alaya, and Sade - and the Crown Prince - but I did not LOVE them. Actually...I had to set the book aside for a couple of days when work got crazy busy - and I don't really care whether or not I finish it. And I'm really disappointed about that! Because Gaither paints such a beautiful picture, I wanted to fall in love with the whole concept, and I just couldn't. The theology of this world depicted by Gaither is pretty intense and difficult to keep track of. I don't know if you're better off trying to understand & remember it all, or if it's easier to just go with the flow and read the story as it comes. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and I enjoyed those. All in all, I'm not sure why I couldn't sink into the book enough to finish it, I hope other readers will not have the same issue I did. If you enjoy a beautifully written story, by all means give "The Queen of Cursed Things" a try.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I recently had the opportunity to read Skykeeper by S. M. Gaither and thoroughly enjoyed it. Therefore, when I was notified by Hidden Gems that she had another book available through them, I immediately requested it and was super excited when my request was accepted. The story immediately drew me in, but as it continued, I slowly grew more and more disappointed. Overall, it just felt rushed, especially as it got closer to the end. I recall seeing the little counter at the bottom of my Kindle's sc I recently had the opportunity to read Skykeeper by S. M. Gaither and thoroughly enjoyed it. Therefore, when I was notified by Hidden Gems that she had another book available through them, I immediately requested it and was super excited when my request was accepted. The story immediately drew me in, but as it continued, I slowly grew more and more disappointed. Overall, it just felt rushed, especially as it got closer to the end. I recall seeing the little counter at the bottom of my Kindle's screen that told me how much was left in the book and my thought was "Well this must be book one of a series". Nope. Everything is concluded within 10% of the book. The majority of the action takes place...in the last 15% of the book. Many of the transitions between chapters felt so disjointed that it made it hard to stay fully immersed in the story. We are given hints of the stereotypical YA love triangle, only for it to go nowhere and many of the events that happen at the end of the book did not feel like they fit with the beginning of the story. The Queen of Cursed Things comes off as an idea that Gaither had that was put into a rough draft and then forgotten.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudie Muchindu

    This is probably close to a 2.5 because I really enjoyed the world building and an actual female friendship I loved and rooted for even though I'd have appreciated more depth to that than the potential love interests. I needed to know Sade and Alaya more as a unit. I will probably read the rest of the series when it is re-launched as I believe this is a beautiful universe that the author created and I'm invested enough to continue the journey with these characters but I want more...depth. Also, a This is probably close to a 2.5 because I really enjoyed the world building and an actual female friendship I loved and rooted for even though I'd have appreciated more depth to that than the potential love interests. I needed to know Sade and Alaya more as a unit. I will probably read the rest of the series when it is re-launched as I believe this is a beautiful universe that the author created and I'm invested enough to continue the journey with these characters but I want more...depth. Also, a map at the beginning would be fantastic. Appreciate the glossary but would prefer a map.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Wanted to like.. I would have loved to give this 4 or 5 stars but as much as the ending did make since, it didn't quite fit. Part 1-3 were really good, but part 4 felt rushed and the left something to be desired. But none the less it was a good read up until that point, some may even like the ending. Personally however I'm hopeing the next book fills some of the theoretical holes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Gavino

    This was really hard to review. The first third was a solid 4-star read, then it became a 3-star and by the ending I was totally uninvested. I loved the beginning, and was intrigued by the female friendship, the snug prince and so on. Then things got confusing. And overly complicated. There was one twist that I thought was cool, but... the world building that started off as intriguing didn’t get deep enough. So it’s a 2.49 stars from me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Airwreckah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5+ YA is almost always a downgrade for me I’m not sure if K died? Also I had whiplash from the elipses between chapters. BOOM major stuff just spooled out of nowhere I thought I had skipped ahead somehow but no. And it felt took sketched out like it was unfinished. Then the ending was weird? And there is another book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (scottishgirlreads)

    Not my favorite. The concept was really cool but I didn’t think the world or characters were fully realized. And it just seemed like it moved to quick without enough explanation to make it justifiable. 2.5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sunshine

    3.5

  17. 5 out of 5

    L. Nahay

    Rare Ug, it's such a struggle to find rare gems of fantasy like this. I can't wait for the next installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna Koeman

    If you liked red queen and an ember in the ashes this book is for you. I loved it from page one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ash Rogers

    Full review to come, but trust me. This was pretty good!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Saylor Miller

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emelia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

  23. 5 out of 5

    Etin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sheila L

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miki

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Jackson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nani

  29. 4 out of 5

    M

  30. 4 out of 5

    Munchi Wickramanayake

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