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ARC Review: Scorpica by G R Macallister


In an ancient matriarchal world of magic, gods and warriors, the last girl – unbeknownst to the five Queendoms – has just been born. As time marches on, the scribes of Bastian find no answers in their history books. The farmers of Sestia sacrifice their crops to the gods. Paxim, the empire of trade and dealings has nothing to barter but boys and more boys. Arcan magic has no spells to remedy the Drought of Girls, as it soon becomes known. And finally, Scorpia, where every woman is a fighter, their commander, their Queen, has no more warriors to train. The lines of these once-great empires soon to die. 

After centuries of peace, the ensuing struggle for dominance – and heirs – will bring the Five Queendoms to the eve of all-out war. 

But the mysterious curse is linked to one of the last-born children, an orphaned all-magic girl, on the run from the Seekers of Daybreak Palace, who is unaware she has a claim to the Arcan throne…


I’m honestly not quite sure what I had been expecting from this book but it took me completely by surprise.  This is a complex and fascinating world which can be both brutal and violent, together with a glorious combination of court politics and deadly magic.  It’s full of surprises, plot twists and jaw-dropping moments, you’re never quite sure what will happen next.  Scorpica is a book with a completely different spin on an epic fantasy novel, the fact that women rule is unique, in fact there are very few male characters mentioned in the storyline.  The world is split into five Queendoms each one infamous for its own particular strengths, such as Bastian for its record keeping and nurturing scholars, Sestia for it’s grain and sheep, Arca for its desert and magic, Paxim for negotiating deals and trading and finally Scorpio for its strong women warriors and their warrior queen.

There are so many amazing characters; Eminel, Tamura, Mirriam, Jenenit and Vishala to name a few and I loved each and every one of them, even the villains.  I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, it’s deep and complex without being too heavy going.  There is no romantic storyline, which I have come to really enjoy in fantasy books, but I didn’t feel I’d missed out as there was so much rich world building, brilliant characters to root for and plenty of action.  I savoured every page and detail and I can’t wait for the next book.  

Publisher:  Titan Books
Publication Date (UK):  22 February 2022
Series:  #1 The Five Queendoms
Format:  Paperback
Page Count: 464
Genre:  Fantasy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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