The Queen’s Gambit
by Deborah Chester
Jakob’s Goodreads Rating: (3) of 5 Stars – “Liked It”
Recommended for: Fantasy Readers of the Sword and Sorcery variety
The throne was her destiny-until Princess Pheresa lost her groom, Mandria’s heir, to the dark magic. Now her fate is uncertain. Her enemies are strong. And her only ally is the last man she would ever choose-and the one man she should never love.
The Queen’s Gambit is a book I should have read long ago. A trilogy by Deborah called The Sword, The Ring, and The Chalice have been long time favorites of mine. I have re-read them a few times over the years. Somehow I missed that additional books have come out in this world. The Queen’s Gambit actually came out only a year after The Chalice. No matter how I missed it, I was happy to discover that not only does this book continue the story but there are additional past this.
As in the description, this story follows a more secondary character from the original trilogy. Princess Pheresa deals with the aftermath of the trilogy and this book is about that struggle. Through most of the story the character borderline annoys me though. She makes overly foolish choices or goes along with decisions despite her doubt. Without giving anything away, she does eventually redeem herself and perhaps her actions were necessary to the story.
Fans of what is either a set of trilogies or a series will enjoy this book. I think the book stands decently on its own, but is much better when read in conjunction with the original trilogy. Either way, if you are looking for some classic sword and sorcery lit – you would be well served in picking up Deborah Chester and check out the books for yourself.