The Cover: I love this cover and I think it embodies Serenity perfectly I just wish the scar on her face was shown. Otherwise it’s perfect and I’m glad the cover showcases such a strong, elegant woman. A+
Basics: The Queen Of All That Dies was released on January 15th 2016, published by Burning Ember Press and is 327 pages long. Genre wise The Queen Of All That Dies belongs to science fiction, new adult, fantasy drama, romance, action, dystopia and futuristic.
Description: In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.
All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.
Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.
Overall thoughts: The Queen Of All That Dies is everything you would want in a good science fiction/dystopian/romance/action book and more. Based in the future where the world is at war, Serenity Freeman finds herself torn between wanting to serve and protect her country against sacrificing her own life and morals for her country. Bit of a double edged sword right? Raised as a soldier and groomed as emissary by her father, Serenity finds herself going against the devil himself, proclaimed King of the world and reason why the world is in ruin, Montes Lazuli. Her homeland is at the end of their rope and wants to send Serenity to the King to essentially seduce him and keep his focus on her instead of the peace talks. Everything changes when Serenity and Montes meet and nothing goes like Serenity had planned.
The Queen Of All That Dies is a gritty, fantastical, action packed, science fiction, futuristic dark romance book. Serenity is very young, but she’s been fashioned to be a killer all her life. Montes may be the King of the world but he’s isn’t a good man (he actually says this several times throughout the book,) but he wants Serenity desperately. What happens when two lonely lost souls meet and come together? A whirlwind of a book! The Queen Of All That Dies had so many wonderful components to it. First you have this sort of , intriguing, passionate, angry and lonely characters pulled together with different dynamics that honestly had me immediately hooked because I wanted to know how they would work together. Secondly throughout the first half of this book, you have Laura Thalassa throwing curveballs left and right about Serenity that literally had me gawking at my kindle because I was so taken aback. No spoilers, but I was so invested from start to finish!
Couple wise Serenity and Montes are very interesting because it’s not your usual typical romance, its darker. Serenity clearly hates Montes because one, he’s the King who started all this war and devastation and two, unfortunately for him…he’s also the reason why so many bad things have happened to Serenity. Montes may be the wicked King who devastated and ruined the world but because of that role he has taken, he’s incredibly lonely. So when he sees Serenity he’s completely taken with her whereas Serenity hates him but is also interested in him too. Meeting him and seeing him in person is completely different than the monster she put him out to be which makes her conflicted feelings about him even more. Above everything, Montes and Serenity are cut from the same cloth which he immediately states to her upon their first meeting. She may not want to agree and tells him off, but she knows the truth. Two dark, lonely, wandering souls have been brought together and consequences will follow.
The Queen Of All That Dies is one of my favorite books of 2018 and was such an unexpected surprise. Laura Thalassa is a truly talented writer who is so great in creating complex, deep characters and storylines that just have you hooked from start to finish. For me I like something a little more intense and darker and The Queen Of All That Dies definitely delivered that for me.
Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
Favorite Quotes: “I stare into the king’s eyes. I am Isolde, I am Juliet, I am Guinevere.
I am every one of those idiots because I’ve fallen for the king.” -Serenity
My Rating: 5/5 Shells
About the Author: Laura Thalassa Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods. …or something like that anyway.
When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.