For fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen, Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me, Bridget E. Baker begins a saga of shocking truths, deadly intrigue, violent battle, and sisterly betrayal.
My mom should have killed me the day I was born.
Being a twin complicates the Evian line of succession, but Chancery Alamecha is fine letting Judica inherit the throne. After all, she's the stronger sister—the merciless fighter, the ruthless politician, and the groomed heir. But something unexpected happens when Chancery tries on her mother's staridium ring, forcing her into a role that she never wanted: the prophesied queen who will prevent the destruction of Earth.
Now I have to kill my sister.
Judica, enraged by this turn of events, vows to do anything to reclaim her rightful place as empress. Including challenging Chancery to a battle to the death. While Chancery is away training, she gets a taste of the human world, where she can do whatever she wants without family obligations. Now torn between a life she was born into and one that makes her happy, she must confront her treacherous sister—or cause the end of the world.
Displaced presents a unique fantasy world that exists within the layers of modern day earth. Displaced is X-Men meets Game of Thrones with a compelling romantic subplot that develops over the course of the series.
What are people saying about Displaced?
Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize gave it a 9.25/10:
Displaced, the first novel in Baker's Birthright Saga, boasts a fleet, often inspired story of matriarchal superheroes on a Hawaiian island. The story's heart is the conflict between royal teen twins Chancery, the kind-hearted protagonist, and Judica, her cruel sister and the heir to the throne. Baker's story pulses with exciting incident, and even though this is the first book in a series the climax is consequential and exciting, even as it entices readers with the promise of more.
Baker's writing is swift but potent. She invests each scene with the heart of her protagonist, so it's always clear what's most important in each moment. The large cast is clearly described and differentiated, and scenes of action and romance both prove exciting. Chancery's perspective is likably wry for a royal narrator. The dialogue varies from flirty teen banter to regal proclamations, but always is crisply crafted.
Baker brings fresh energy and invention to even familiar elements like the inevitable royal succession crisis. Her Evians' powers and customs fascinate, and Displaced never misses an opportunity to jolt readers with a surprise.
Chancery is a strong and appealing protagonist, split between two worlds and ultimately dragged into battle against her own twin. Both sisters are vividly drawn, as are their paramours, guards, relations, and friends. A letter from Chancery's mother, after that queen's death, is a moving highlight of the story, and Chancery's exciting choices power the narrative from start to epic climax.
The notoriously stingy Kirkus called Displaced, "a fast moving, engaging tale in what promises to be an epic fantasy romance series."
It was okay.
I like Chancerys character but she also gets on my nerves a lot. She makes decisions based on what she wants instead of what’s in the best interest of her people. In a lot of ways she’s no different than her sister she’s just nicer about it. ..I’m all for love triangles but I think Noahs personality threw off the whole book it was like a jester popping out in the middle of a graceful ballet. I did enjoy the storyline though.
I have read it twice in the past year!
Step into the world of evians
Judica and Chancery are the polar opposite twins of their mother, Enora, the Empress of Alamecha. Think the Grim Reaper and Cinderella, in dress, attitude, and actions. In the evian world (yes, like the water! But actually because they are direct descendants of Eve, frequently living 800-900 years or more), the youngest daughter is the heir to the throne in each of the major ruling groups. Each empress can have hundreds of children, but it seems Judica and Chancery will be the last for Enora at her age. Judica has been trained for battle in every form since birth, as every daughter is upon birth until a younger sister is born, and Chancery has basically been a pet/companion for her mother. Very different upbringings in the same household. The personality of each suits their role in society and all seems to be going to plan until their mother is murdered. Unfortunately for the sisters, just prior to the death of Enora, something no one ever expected about Chancery is discovered. Now all the planning and customs are about to be upended and a battle to the death is declared. Of course, the hunky love interest is burning to step in and be the hero he thinks Chancery needs, but she is a young woman with her own mind, even if her heart is distracting her in a couple of different directions. Just the right mix of fantasy, actual facts, interesting concepts of the human world combined with an “other,” and romance to keep you reading straight through to the end, then clicking “buy” on the next book to see what happens next!