The Queen of Days

Harper Voyager. Oct. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063240964. $30. FANTASY
Balthazar has lost his parents to the governor and will do anything to protect his sister and the family of thieves he has put together—plus sticking it to the governor wouldn’t hurt. Enlisted by his quirky benefactor to steal a statue during a celebration for the god Karanis seems easy, even with the mysterious, masked Queen of Days brought into his group. But when the celebration turns deadly, opening a door to allow the gods into the world, Bal and his friends find that it is more than their money at stake—it’s also their lives, their city, and their beliefs. Now they must hunt down half an idol that’s missing so that they can retrieve their pay and stop the gates from another reality from opening. Incredible worldbuilding takes Bal across realities, fast-paced action makes the story move quickly, and alternating viewpoints between Bal and Tassiel ground the plot in its landscape.
VERDICT Kelly (The Seventh Queen) writes a fantasy heist novel filled with interesting characters, a vivid world, and protagonists trying to find their way through.
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