Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan is a YA Fantasy Retelling of The Lady, or the Tiger.
“From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”
In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.
But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.”
Published: 10 September 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Retelling
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
Since I haven’t read the original story behind this book, I can’t comment on how this retelling compares.
But what I can say is that this was a fast-paced, action-packed YA Fantasy that caught my attention right away.
If you love stories with tons and tons of fighting and proving oneself to an entire kingdom, this should be on the top of your TBR. It has a strong heroine that you can’t help but cheer on as she strikes through each opponent, growing stronger by the minute.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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