Book Title: Contest of Queens
Author: Jordan H. Bartlett
Publisher: CamCat Books
Release Date: January 18, 2022
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
In a Queendom divided, can one girl unite the realms?
Jacs, an inventor’s apprentice from the Lower Realm, has only ever dreamed of the land among the clouds. That is until she finds a letter from Connor, an Upperite boy who sends a wooden boat into the abyss, hoping to learn more about the land below. Little does Jacs know, Connor is actually Prince Cornelius of the Queendom of Frea. With wooden boats and hot air balloons, the two begin a secret correspondence. But their friendship is impeded by a heavily-guarded bridge and an inescapable prejudice.
Their bond transcends distance and time, but when the royal family visits Jacs’ town of Bridgeport, the illusion of peace between the Realms dissolves, and the old feud is reignited.
Now, to save her people, Jacs must infiltrate the Upper Realm and earn her place to compete in the Contest of Queens. She must learn how to survive against the contests’ grueling tasks and within a political web she could not have imagined. In a story about friendship, love, bravery, and defying gravity, Jacs will strive to prove that a Queendom is strongest when united.
Jordan H. Bartlett is a New Zealand-born, Canadian Citizen with a love for children’s literature and female empowerment. She grew up reading books about boys for boys and found it hard to find a strong female heroine she could relate to. Bartlett wrote Contest of Queens to give young readers that character she so longed for in a world where gender norms are reversed. Bartlett currently resides in Banff, Alberta where she works as a Speech Language Pathologist and is a certified yoga instructor.
Five Reasons to Read Contest of Queens
- A grueling contest filled with unpredictable tasks and politics.
- Jacs is a brave and strong-willed main character you can’t help but root for.
- I was here for all the friendships and beautiful, heartfelt moments.
- A beautifully dynamic and well-depicted world with engaging characters.
- You will be left (like me) impatiently waiting for book two after that ending!
“Every good adventure starts on a Sunday.”
“To progress, we need to accept change. If we don’t, we don’t grow.”
“Matters of the heart rarely have blueprints.”
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