Book Review, Fantasy, NetGalley, YA Fiction

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin


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 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?


It’s been a while since I’ve read a good young adult fantasy and the Nameless Queen is a magical, fast-paced trek through the Kingdom of Seriden which holds three classes of people, the Royals, the Legals, and the Nameless.  Coin is Nameless… a thief… a grifter… and unfortunately a queen.

Coin grew up as a Nameless, the lowest of the classes in Seriden. No family, no friends, just trying to survive by thieving and grifting. When the royal crown tattoo appears on her arm, no one is as surprised as she is. The tattoo only appears on the person who is named by the dying king and she was born with no name.  Nameless have no homes, no rights, and are killed for just being who they are. How did this happen? Her journey is a dangerous one and the Royal Council has her fate in their hands.

The characters are well-balanced with a mixture of kindness and evil with some questionable ones in between. Coin’s friendships with Hat, Esther, and Glenquartz are what give her the hope and drive to go on and fight for the rights of the Nameless.

This book is an enjoyable read with magic, danger, and hope all rolled into one. It’s a lesson in strength, integrity, and fighting for what you want while remaining true to yourself.

Thank you to Ms. McLaughlin for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review. 


Nameless Queen

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Rebecca McLaughlinRebecca McLaughlin was born in the molten heart of a star along with three other Siblings of the Sun. After traversing the universe with a hypothetical pocket filled with the dust of ancient worlds, Rebecca crash-landed on mountainous spheroid. The moon. A hop, skip, and boat ride later, she came to inhabit Earth, where she flourished in the art of coffee-drinking, word-hyphenating, and incidental-sharp-object-collection.

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