A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms #1) (Paperback)

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A Queen in Hiding and its follow up titles are 100% my favorite reads of 2020. I know, I know, it’s only April! I’m serious; I’m sure. Since starting the first book I have spent more time reading like a responsibility free 16-year-old than I have in years. I spent an entire day reading the third book, my dog barking at me desperate for attention (don’t worry, my husband took care of him), while my peripheral vision barely took in the passing daylight into night. I HAD to know, I needed to know, what would happen to these characters. I have to be honest though, I have no idea how to express how wonderful this book is without overwhelming you. There is a lot here and judging by the way my husband's eyes glaze over when I talk about it, it’s one of those things you just have to read to get. (Click here for all four books in the series at once!)
A Queen in Hiding takes place in a fictional world called Ennea Mon which is made up of many different kingdoms, each ruled first and foremost by a spirit. The story follows the Queens of Weirandale as they fight against corruption in their own kingdom as well as forign threats from the Kingdom of Oromondo and the Pelish Pirates that plague Weir ships in the Green Isles. The Weir Queens are blessed by their nation’s spirit, Nargis, who rules over freshwater, and in exchange for their promise to keep the waters clean and protected, they are blessed with a supernatural gift, different for each Queen.
Queen Cressa was forced to take the throne before she was ready and following in her mother’s strategic, war hungry shadow is difficult for timid and insecure Cressa. Her advisors take advantage of her lack of confidence and ignorance of politics to corrupt the country from her rule for their own greedy devices. When one advisor conspired to assassinate Cressa and kidnap her young daughter, Cerulia, Cressa was forced to flee with Cerulia and launch a public opinion campaign to win back her throne, setting in motion a series of events that would dramatically change Ennea Mon and its future over the next few decades.
While the story follows the Queens it also follows other characters from other kingdoms and circumstances that impact the story, similar in feel to A Game of Thrones. The eight central spirits also play a large role in this story, each with their physical agents, acting out on old rivalries and prejudices. The central characters are often buffeted about by the whims of the spirits, much like in Homer’s Odyssey.
You will meet Thalen of Sutterdam, scholar and hero to the Free States. You will meet General Sumroth of the Ormondian Protectors, trying to win approval from his leaders so he and his beloved wife can be safe and well taken care of in their famine riddled country. Tiklok, the overlooked servant at the Weir Queen’s palace, who acts as an agent for Nargis, the spirit of Fresh Water. Cerulia, the young Princella of Weirendale, who can speak to animals, but no one knows that yet.
This book is a delight. A world to get lost in when, let’s be honest, reality is just too much.

— From Chelsea


Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding first in the quartet of The Nine Realms series.

Four books. Four months. Nine Realms.

Readers will be able to binge this amazing fantasy series with beautiful interlocking art across the spines of all four books.

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.

But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.

The Nine Realms Series
#1 A Queen in Hiding
#2 The Queen of Raiders
#3 A Broken Queen March 2020
#4 The Cerulean Queen April 2020

About the Author

Sarah Kozloff holds an Endowed Chair as a professor of film history at Vassar College. She worked in the film industry in both television and film before becoming a professor. A Queen in Hiding is her debut fantasy novel.

Praise For…

Praise for the Nine Realms quartet

“This author has turned epic fantasy into a binge reading experience that's worth our time.”—Fantasy Faction

Praise for A Queen in Hiding

“This is a solid beginning to an ambitious saga of magic, intrigue, and heroism.”—Booklist

“Kozloff sets a solid stage with glimpses into other characters and nations while keeping the book together with a clear, propulsive plot. A new series starts off with a bang.”—Kirkus

“This series opener is literary, ambitious, and epic in scope.”—Publishers Weekly

“A deft and exciting beginning to what I am sure will be a really gorgeous saga of a girl coming to terms with her destiny.”—Melanie Rawn, author of the Exiles trilogy

“Crisp, action-packed setup that makes you impatient for more.”—Bookbub

“A breathtaking start to a new fantasy series that abounds in magic, backstabbing, and war. This is your new epic fantasy fix, right here.”—Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth

“Sweeping in scope and unabashedly epic—Kozloff has written an instant classic, here. I can't wait for the next one.”—Auston Habershaw, author of Iron and Blood

“The worldbuilding is vast and the characters complex.”—Kristi Chadwick, Library Journal

“Rich textured world-building, fully realized characters and a story that had me turning pages late into the night. I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next book.”—Sally Wiener Grotta, author of The Winter Boy

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250168542
ISBN-10: 1250168546
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: January 21st, 2020
Pages: 496
Series: The Nine Realms
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