Nameless Queen
One girl must make a name for herself--or die trying --in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.Everyone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me. It shouldn't even be possible. I'm Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don't even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.But there's no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am to be queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don't?

Nameless Queen Details

TitleNameless Queen
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524700263
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Nameless Queen Review

  • Laura Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Okay real talk. I first read this manuscript back in 2015, when I mentored Rebecca during PitchWars. AND I STILL THINK ABOUT THIS WORLD ALL THE TIME. Seriously, building a class system around names -- and lack thereof -- is such a fresh and original twist that I genuinely am in awe of the author. She's worked so fucking hard over the past few years to really make this book shine, and I truly cannot wait for it to be out in the world at last.Plus, the heroine. Coin. Oh, Coin, how I love thee. Wha Okay real talk. I first read this manuscript back in 2015, when I mentored Rebecca during PitchWars. AND I STILL THINK ABOUT THIS WORLD ALL THE TIME. Seriously, building a class system around names -- and lack thereof -- is such a fresh and original twist that I genuinely am in awe of the author. She's worked so fucking hard over the past few years to really make this book shine, and I truly cannot wait for it to be out in the world at last.Plus, the heroine. Coin. Oh, Coin, how I love thee. What shone through for me right from page one is the incredible narrative voice. I love the snark, I love the sarcasm, I love the litotes (my favourite comedy device) when things go wrong. I love her relationships, her toughness but also her vulnerability. I love how gifted she is -- skills she's worked hard to hone after so many years on the streets -- and how smart she is when things start going wrong. She has so much agency. I love Coin, okay?And the opening line. My god, guys. I can still recite it four years later, that's how fucking iconic it is.'I wake up the same way I fell asleep: knife in hand, boots for a pillow, and Nameless.'If I ever write a first line that good I will immediately retire and just toast myself with mimosas all day long. Anyway! I cannot wait to see this book fly. It's a wonder <3
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you! Sigh. You have no idea how disappointed I am to have to say this, but here it is: another much-anticipated YA fantasy of 2020 bites the dust. The land of Seriden is divided into three categories of people: Royals, who are basically the nobility; Legals, who are middle-class workers; and the Nameless, homeless peasants. The next ruler of Seriden is chosen by the previous ruler, who says the name of their choice as they’re dying. A black ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you! Sigh. You have no idea how disappointed I am to have to say this, but here it is: another much-anticipated YA fantasy of 2020 bites the dust. The land of Seriden is divided into three categories of people: Royals, who are basically the nobility; Legals, who are middle-class workers; and the Nameless, homeless peasants. The next ruler of Seriden is chosen by the previous ruler, who says the name of their choice as they’re dying. A black crown tattoo appears on the arm of the person selected. This is supposed to stop the crown from being purely an inheritance thing, but it clearly isn’t working very well because rulers usually just pick their children to go next.When the king dies, a 17-year-old Nameless girl called Coin wakes up to find that she has the crown tattoo. She reveals it to save her best friend Hat from execution. From there, she’s forcibly taken into the palace and presumably has to deal with her new life as queen.I say presumably because I got up to 32% before calling it a day.➽ Problem #1: Coin is a Mary Sue almost as bad as the early 2010s years, when Mary Sues were EVERYWHERE in YA. She basically learns how to do everything INSTANTLY, which is unrealistic and unsatisfying. The tattoo gives her the power to see auras, read memories, and create illusions. Considering she’s NEVER made an illusion before, I found it incredible that she was able to pull off making complex phantasms approximately ten minutes after getting the actual tattoo. It’s referred to like it’s an innate skill, which it definitely isn’t. I’m reminded here of the heroine from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites, who can also create illusions – but Lu showed us how she actually had to work for it, and practise it, before it became a skill. Meanwhile Coin just instinctively manages to do these things.Despite never being able to read auras before, she also evinces no surprise or excitement at this ability (or at anything else). She’s just like, ‘Oh. I can read auras now. So I can tell that that woman’s lying!’ How does she know that? Is it because the aura has changed colour, or changed size, or what? Again, the author shows Coin being able instinctively to do something she shouldn’t. Can you say Mary Sue? Don’t even get me started on how she, a peasant girl who’s spent her life on the streets, is able to pick up the finer niceties of upper-class social behaviour in about a week.She’s also such a gifted thief that she’s able to steal things from passing tables while her hands are cuffed and she’s surrounded by guards. Is this feat actually described? No, the author just tells us that Coin was able to do it. Alright then.This is just going overboard; we’re supposed to believe Coin can do everything, without learning how she actually does anything. It goes without saying I never connected to this heroine. ➽ Problem #2: Very poor worldbuilding. So there are these three categories of people, the Royals, Legals, and Nameless. It’s said that people care so little about the activities of the Nameless that committing crimes isn’t even illegal for them. Yet at the same time, they’re executed for committing crimes. Paradox? I got no sense of what Seriden is like as a place . What kind of clothes do people wear? What do they look like? By 32%, these are things I would expect to know. Seriden felt like the thinnest of fantasy worlds, a fancy name to put on top of the real-life USA. Making up your own swear words doesn’t give me a sense of what the land is like. OVERALL I struggled through this book for ages because I didn’t want to have to give up on it, but life is way too short.[Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Mic
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read a draft of this as an intern. The characters and world-building are all incredible. Can't wait for the rest of the world to fall for Coin and her merry band of misfits.
  • Emma Yoloswag
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so I usually wait for more information before I add a book but... this sounds really cool
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    6/25/19 Well this went from 2018 to January 2020 release, but I guess at least now we a cover and release date. ---It's 2018 and I need more details on this book! Like a cover and a release date, please and thank you.
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    idk how u "unwittingly inherit a kingdom" but i'm into this concept
  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    A thief on the throne!!!
  • Katelynd Gillins
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC for an honest review:I loved this book. I seriously loved it. The world building was great and had such a fascinating, sassy heroine. One of my favorite things about it was that it managed to be an awesome story without adding an unnecessary romance. It focused on the mystery and all the craziness that went along with it. While it read pretty well as a stand-alone, some of the problems and unknowns that arose from the resolution will sure make for an exciting sequel. I can’t wait Received an ARC for an honest review:I loved this book. I seriously loved it. The world building was great and had such a fascinating, sassy heroine. One of my favorite things about it was that it managed to be an awesome story without adding an unnecessary romance. It focused on the mystery and all the craziness that went along with it. While it read pretty well as a stand-alone, some of the problems and unknowns that arose from the resolution will sure make for an exciting sequel. I can’t wait for more of Coin’s world!
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  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    yikes this blurb screams James Patterson and if the concept of the story wasn't so darn intriguing (also hello cover) I'd avoid this
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    The thing that I liked best about this book was that the main characters were mostly female and that they were strong characters. No love interest to swoop in and save the day. Interesting world building and you can substitute "homeless" for "nameless" and get a different perspective.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a great read. It was fun, interesting, and had twists that I was pleasantly surprised by.In the beginning I found Coin a little annoying because of her snarkiness but that made experiencing her growth even more rewarding for me. I liked seeing her evolve from a person who tried to be a lone wolf to one who understood what it meant to be someone’s friend and family.I also loved following Coin as she navigated being queen of a society that has neglected and underestimated her. Coin’s This book was a great read. It was fun, interesting, and had twists that I was pleasantly surprised by.In the beginning I found Coin a little annoying because of her snarkiness but that made experiencing her growth even more rewarding for me. I liked seeing her evolve from a person who tried to be a lone wolf to one who understood what it meant to be someone’s friend and family.I also loved following Coin as she navigated being queen of a society that has neglected and underestimated her. Coin’s balancing act between being diplomatic as well as true to what she believed in was masterfully written.I wish there were a sequel in store so I could spend more time with Coin and friends in Seriden.
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  • Jenna Major
    January 1, 1970
    I'm interested! The cover is stunning which is always a bonus!My concern is that the books that Nameless Queen is compared to (Red Queen & Everless) I only gave 3 stars, maybe this will be the one that exceeds my expectations and receives a 4 or 5 star review!
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  • Rain
    January 1, 1970
    That synopsis sounds like boredom. Only here because it was a frontrunner in Pitch Wars.
  • Madeline
    January 1, 1970
    idk the summary is kind of corny, but the tagline is pretty cool
  • Miriam Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    Wow it’s totally not like every YA novel out there! Shocker
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