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."
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Absolutely Love It!
I loved this book so much. The characters and world and plot all fit together so seamlessly. And somehow it goes from a quasi-secondary world fantasy to a "supernatural human in a normal high school" halfway through, and it feels like a totally normal transition. I listened to this book on Audible and honestly at times forgot that I was listening to a novel. It felt so immersive, it was more like I was just hanging out with Chancery and her friends. The book has a timeless feel to it, like any good fantasy story should, but also has the characters faced with issues and questions of morality and philosophy that feel so relevant to the world we're living in, without feeling like the author is being heavy-handed. Bridget Baker has the amazing ability to create a whole cast of dynamic and complicated characters who are neither good nor bad, but complicated people who make mistakes and make bad decisions but also have the capability to love and forgive. And also introduce a love triangle with two characters who I honestly don't care who Chancery ends up with in the end because I love them both. If you're a fan of YA fantasy, this book is a no-brainer slam dunk. Add it to your bookshelf or ebook library now, and thank me later.
Delightfully intriguiging and thought-provoking
Chancery is a daughter of the Empress of the Evians, a superhuman group that runs the world, unbeknownst to most humans. But she never expected to rule. The youngest daughter always inherits the throne, and Chancery's twin is younger by a few minutes. Chancery doesn't mind, though. She'd rather be in the background than the cutthroat society of Evian elite, and even dreams of moving to New York to blend in with humans. But her world changes when she tries on her mother's ring, passed down from ruler to ruler through the generations, and it responds to her. Now Chancery must decide whether to embrace her destiny, possibly at the cost of her life, or to continue her safer life in the shadows.
Things I loved about this book:
-The world-building was so well done. Without extensive explanations, the reader comes to understand a society of superhuman people with enormous physical and mental ability. They can heal themselves, live nearly a thousand years, and learn any subject with a small amount of study. Their society is a unique take on human tradition: rather than the oldest son inheriting the throne, it's the youngest daughter. Due to the long lives of Evians, sometimes a daughter will be heir to the throne, training and expecting to rule, for over a hundred years before the Empress has yet another daughter and the first is displaced.
-The characters were not cliche. Chancery is the more reserved, quiet sister, but shows strength even before she is faced with the prospect of ruling. Judica (seen through Chancery's eyes) is cruel and remorseless, but we see glimpses of her pain and brokenness early on and eventually much more, making the reader empathize with the "villain." Teenage Chancery has a close relationship with her mother, rather than the usual angst, while Judica longs for the same affection but hides it with contemptuous words.
-The humor was just enough to lighten the mood without distracting from the tone. Chancery and her friend Lark attempt to blend into a human high school but don't know what to wear and end up dressing like the teachers instead of the students. The Evian bottled water business is owned by the Evians, who gave it the name as a joke, knowing the humans who buy it won't understand the significance.
-The ending left some questions unresolved (since it's the first book in a series) but does not end on a cliffhanger. I'm looking forward to finishing the series, but am satisfied with the amount of closure in this volume.
All in all, I'm impressed with this book and author. I cheered and mourned and can't wait to see what happens next. How will Chancery's relationships with Edam (Evian who supports her and hopes she will change Evian's societal inequalities) and Noah (human who shows Chancery incredible courage, loyalty, and kindness) turn out? How will things develop with the sister who betrayed Chancery, as well as with the twin who has been her rival all her life? Can the mystery surrounding Chancery's mother be solved? And how will Chancery use her power when/if she rules? I'll find out as soon as I can!