Every man is wooed by both darkness and light. It is that which he chooses to fall in love with that matters… One must choose, every single day, to follow the beckoning of the light and to leave behind the moments we courted the dark.” – Nuria
Title: The Queen’s Keeper
Author: J.L. Vampa
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Vampa Productions
Release: September 7, 2018
This is the story of a girl who has faced evil, lost almost everything and struggles to keep going. Luvenia Rousseau (a.k.a. Luvi and Veni) has carried the guilt of her father’s death for years, watched her brother betray the family, witnessed her mother being beheaded, and knows her sister is being held captive by Queen Lilith Pietro. After a narrow escape, Luvi finds herself in Aureland – a beautiful and hidden Kingdom that many interesting and magical beings call home.
Luvi may have escaped the collectors that destroyed her family with her life, but her heart and sole bare unhealable scars. There is also a war brewing and this leads Luvi on a personal journey between light and dark. While her character can be difficult to read given the varying levels of anger and grief, she is everything you would expect a teenage girl to be after everything she has been through.
There is a range of different characters, including Khyan, Theralin, Nuria, and Darius, all with different journeys but similar scars that motivate them to chose light and fight for good. This is presented in such a beautiful and honest way. No matter how bright the smile or how happy we may seem, there can be all sorts of pain, but that can also be the foundation for there infinite strength. You never truly know just how strong you can be, both physically and emotionally, until you are faced with a fight.
These very powerful messages are woven into a story of war and paired with many beautiful quotes that are scattered throughout the book. There is one in particular that I loved:
If you are not careful, you will lose your life to ‘if only’. You cannot go back and change a single moment.” – Nuria
This is something we all need to remember. We cannot change the past, only learn from it and use it as a guide for the future, so there is no point wasting time with ‘if only’s when you could be using that time to do good and be happy.
The book was well planned, flowed well and has set up the series beautifully. Although the main character was Luvi, this was told in the third person to allow the story to flick to other characters to show scenes she was not a part of. This gave us the chance to learn more about the plans to take down Lilith as well as get to know the other characters a little better. I did think the pace was a little off as there were a few scenes that dragged on a little and others that whizzed by a little fast, but the overall story was enjoyable and the ending had me desperate to read more.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
I am keen to read the upcoming novella, Gypsy Secrets, which will tell us more of Theralin’s story. I also cannot wait for the next novel to find out what will happen next for Luvi and her new friends.
Until next time bibliophiles!
A digital copy of this book was supplied to me by Vampa Production via NetGalley