Review: The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska

Author: Elzbieta Cherezinska
Translator: Maya Zakrzewska-Pim
Publisher: Tor/Forge Books
Released: April 6th, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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If you are a fan of epic historical fantasy, then The Widow Queen, written by Elżbieta Cherezińska, is a novel that will be worth your time. However, I do want to take a minute to thank Maya Zakrzewska-Pim for translating this novel. Without that, I never would have been able to read it!

Swietoslawa was never content to follow her father’s orders. She doesn’t want to go down the same path as her sisters. She didn’t want a husband – she wanted a throne and crown of her own. She wanted to be more than a pawn; she wanted the right to rule on her own.

A right she’s willing to fight for. Unfortunately, Swietoslawa is about to learn the meaning of a double-edged sword. As she is about to gain her wish…and all of the challenges that come with it. Set in Poland, 984, this is a thrilling tale of politics, determination, and the battle for power.

“Whatever awaited her this Koliada, she wasn’t going to be a lamb led to slaughter.”

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from reading The Widow Queen, I really need to read more translated novels. Because this book? It’s amazing. The Widow Queen is compelling, emotional, and dramatic all in one.

This novel is perfect for those out there that love historical fiction. Heck, even if history and historical fiction isn’t really your thing (guilty – most of the time), you’ll have no trouble following along. Or appreciating the messages woven into Cherezińska’s work.

The Widow Queen is a rich and detailed read. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the page count – over five hundred pages of details, descriptions, and character development! I was thrilled.

I can tell you with complete honesty that I have never read a book quite like The Widow Queen. It’s so refreshing to see and say that. Clearly, I need to continue branching out, because this was a delightful experience.

Thanks to Tor/Forge and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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4 Responses to Review: The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska

  1. Ruby Jo says:

    Love your review! This book sounds so interesting and I’m definitely adding it to my TBR. Like you said, I should also get better at reading books that are translated from other languages. I feel like I’m missing out on so many amazing stories. Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sheri Dye says:

    What a fantastic review! I’ll have to keep this in mind, thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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