Praise for Four Dead Queens:
"Astrid Scholte breaks into the fantasy genre with a triumphant, exciting debut that will keep readers guessing all the way to final chapter. Four Dead Queens is not to be missed!"
--Beth Revis, NY Times bestselling author of Give the Dark my Love
"A cinematic thrill ride brimming with murder, mayhem, and twists that will shock you, Four Dead Queens is sure to be your next obsession. Absolutely riveting."
--Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
FOUR DEAD QUEENS is a darkly delicious tale that keeps you in constant suspense. A thrilling, genre-blending book perfect for fans of both fantasy and murder mysteries. I just might be the fifth dead queen because this story--with its labyrinthine twists and turns--slayed me in every possible way.
—Kerri Maniscalco, #1 NYT and USA Today best selling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
The four quadrants of Quadara... are each fascinating and wholly different worlds (one focusing on art, another on technology), and Scholte has constructed intriguing back stories for not only these worlds but also the queens that ruled them. Issues of class, race, privilege, and family fealty are prominent... Clearly labeled chapters help the reader navigate intricate plotting.
"Scholte's stand-alone debut marks her as an author to watch."
"Scholte has created an intrigue-heavy adventure in a world filled with characters whom readers will want to revisit."
No one is going to be ready as they enter into the vivid world of Quadara. It was so much fun to get lost with the in-depth world building and the beautifully imperfect characters. A very fast paced mystery that takes so many twist and turns you’ll find yourself gripping the book for dear life.
—Mattie, Bookmarks Teen Advisory Council Member, Bookmarks Bookstore
The story takes unexpected turns, has complicated characters who develop over time, and ends unpredictably. VERDICT A recommended addition to young adult fantasy/dystopian collections, particularly where regal sagas are popular.
This was an un-put-down-able roller coaster of a read. In a fantastical world of quadrants, females reign supreme. The story is told in parts and each part is full of twists, mystery and murder. I love the protagonist as much as the doomed queens. This is a debut you do not want to miss. Four Dead Queens has every element of fantasy I need to give it a very high recommendation!
— Karen, That Bookstore