Find out more about Queen and Conqueror (including my first impressions) in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

Find out more about Queen and Conqueror by Isabelle Olmo (including my first impressions) in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the books that made it to the semi-finals with a mini spotlight tour for each title.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. Find out more on their website or on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you by The Folio Society (the home of gorgeous books!) and the book blogger support group, The Write Reads.

I’m excited to be one of the panelists for BBNYA so I will be highlighting some of the books that either I read in Rounds One and Two, or that sound exciting and I’d like to read in the future.

My first impressions of Queen and Conqueror

I read a 2k excerpt of Queen and Conqueror in round one and a 10k excerpt in round two. Here are some of my first impressions:

  • Well-written story, lots of different threads of intrigue happening at once.
  • Second POV in chapter 2 was a little jarring as it is so different — I had to actually double check I was reading the right book because it was so disorientating! But this shows how well-written the characters are, each one is very distinctive with their own voices and I felt very invested in all three of them.
  • My favourite of the three was Lady Almira — I really love books with strong women, and she seems to be an intelligent and brave woman who is being forced into a tough situation. Can’t wait to see what happens as she steps into her role as High Lady and the challenges she will face — obviously a very sexist/patriarchal society (e.g. despite being ‘queen‘ equivalent even a messenger questions her commands because she is a woman) so I think it will be interesting.
  • Lots of great imagery. Loved the passages about grief / death, for example: “Death was such an intangible thing. It was an emptiness. Such a casual little word for such an impactful event.”

The extract really hooked me in and I am looking forward to reading the full book once the competition is over.

BBNYA23 Semi-Finalist badgeAbout Queen and Conqueror

Length: 528 Pages

Genre: Fantasy

Age Category: Adult

Date Published: 09 August 2022

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In this gripping epic fantasy, a young woman desperate for peace decides to marry the king who killed her husband, setting off a chain of events that will test her strength, resilience, skill, and determination. With a richly imagined world and complex characters, Queen and Conqueror is a must-read for fans of fantasy, adventure, and feminist literature.

About the author, Isabelle Olmo

Isabelle Olmo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised on a diet of 1980s fantasy films and Sweet Valley High. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English Literature. She has a passion for storytelling, blending genres, and travel. Queen and Conqueror was her debut novel.

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BBNYA Spotlight Tours

See all of the books featured on my blog in the Spotlight Tours here