anghara (anghara) wrote,

There's a review of the German "Hidden Queen..." a German mag of the fantastic, "PhantastikNews" - in fact, here.

My German is woefully inadequate, and Babelfish is predictably hilarious. Example: "At this place large secrets are revealed to the king daughter, and a young man loses his heart to the Anghara grown up to the beauty. " Love it.) But the money quote, even Babelfishised, is this:

"There is many books, the magic and an inheriting, which must flee, before they can begin the follow-up of their parents, and weave romance with one another. Therefore it is not easy to out-sting and also contentwise surprise from the mass of the titles. Alma Alexander succeeded however exactly this. The title „ the hidden queen “ could not be better selected. Which must go through this small girl to bear in order to survive, only a strong will is able. "

I'll take it.

UPDATE: a kind friend who speaks German has translated the review into more coherent English, as appears below

Anghara is nine years old when her world suddenly falls apart. Her father,
Dynan the Red, king of Roisian, falls in battle. Her half-brother Sif
takes advantage of the situation and leads his father's warriors to
victory. They make him their new king, though Anghara is first in line for
the throne. When Sif wants to take his place in his kingdom, he runs into
bitter opposition and has to fight his way into the castle first.

Queen Rima, Dynan's widow, has second sight. This shows her the mortal
danger that her little daughter is in. A madcap plan is thought up and the
little one is taken to relatively safe shelter with her (Rima's, I
suppose) sister. For that, the girl's death has to be faked. Before that
the queen forces all the lords to swear fealty to the girl. This will
always scratch at Sif's crown like a pinprick.

Brynna, as Anghara calls herself now, passes a more or less pleasant time
with her aunt. Years later her cousin's jealousy threatens to reveal her
hiding-place and her identity, and so the girl is fleeing again.

There are many books that weave together magic, and heirs who must flee
before they can come into their parents' legacy, and romance. That is why
it is not easy to stand out in the sheer volume of titles and to surprise
on content as well. But Alma Alexander succeeded in doing exactly that.

The title "The Hidden Queen" couldn't have been chosen better. What this
little girl must go through, only a strong will can bear. Again and again
she is forced to deny her true heritage and hide the fact that she
possesses great powers. This, however, causes her to lose her best friend
Kieran, who is very devoted to her. As a novice in Bress she learns to
control her powers. Several years later she has grown into a beautiful and
clever woman, blessed with great powers. She knows that soon the time will
come to win her throne back. But she is betrayed again, and it turns out
to be one of her closest relatives who causes the new misfortune that
comes to haunt Anghara.

Anghara's life is shaped by many different people. She gets help and
affection where she doesn't expect it, and must come to terms with envy she
encounters. Kieran, who makes her time with her aunt easier, is sorely
hurt when he learns of her true identity. He can't understand that she
didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth. Before Anghara can explain
everything the two are separated by betrayal. The greatest dangers,
however, come from her closest relatives. So Anghara spends many years in
Bress, where the sisters teach her everything that such a young adept, who
has second sight, must master. She doesn't leave this place of learning
until she is a grown woman. She goes into the desert, where Kieran comes
from. In this place great secrets are revealed to the king's daughter, and
a young man loses his heart to Anghara, who has grown to beauty. However,
he also knows that she has to win her kingdom back. But perhaps one day...

The people who encounter Anghara have a life of their own. They respond
appropriately to the situations and act believably. Even for the 'evil'
Sif, Anghara's half-brother, one can have some sympathy, though only to a
certain extent. The author masterfully succeeds in portraying the motives
of her protagonists.

The ending of the book makes one thing clear: readers from age 12 up can
look forward to a continuation of the story.

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