Contest of Queens
In a Queendom divided, can one girl unite the realms?
Jacs, an inventor's apprentice from the Lower Realm, has only ever dreamed of what the land among the clouds holds. 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 that lasts years. But their friendship is divided by a heavily-guarded bridge and an inescapable prejudice.
The strength of their bond was thought to transcend 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.
I really enjoyed this book. Instantly, I was swept into this magical world that the author created for this book. It is as if, I could see everyone clearly in my head including the lower and upper realms.
The relationship between Connor and Jacs is a very nice one. I like how they found a way to communicate with one another by writing messages and delivering them via hot air balloon. There is a bit of romance, but it is not the main focal point of the story for which I liked. As a big aspect of this book is female empowerment. Fantasy readers will really enjoy this book. After reading this book, I do plan to read more books by this author. Contest of Queens will take readers on a magical, fantasy journey.