The Phantom Queen

Description

298 pages
$9.95
ISBN 1-55050-200-X
DDC jC813'.54

Publisher

Year

2002

Contributor

Reviewed by Laura M. Robinson

Laura M. Robinson is assistant professor of English, specializing in
children’s literature, at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.

Review

Seemingly rooted in the medieval Eastern European tradition, this
fantasy novel is a tale within a tale. A traveling blind minstrel comes
to court and recounts the story of an apprentice and a kingdom. It is a
tale rife with the supernatural, wise fools, abandoned daughters,
talking animals, and superstitious peasants. The protagonist ends up
marrying the little girl he raised, and this problematic incestuous
relationship is regarded as the purest kind of love.

This novel takes itself too seriously and is not particularly engaging.
The writing is stilted, as exemplified in the final sentence, “Of what
use is wisdom without love?” Not a first-choice purchase.

Citation

Begamudré, Ven., “The Phantom Queen,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/22410.