The Queen’s Triumph by Jessie Mihalik
The Queen’s Triumph (2020) is the third and final volume of Jessie Mihalik’s ROGUE QUEEN trilogy. I’ve enjoyed this series and recommend it to anyone looking for a short, fun, and sexy space opera with a strong female lead. Tantor Audio’s editions, narrated by Rachel Dulude, are pleasant and worth a try.
It’s been two weeks since the events of the last book, The Queen’s Advantage. Samara Rani, the young and inexperienced queen of her small country, has been growing into her role and has brought food and peace to her starving citizens. She’s quite capable on her own, and she’s got competent people around her, but it also really helps that she’s romantically involved with Valentin, the emperor of Kos.
When Samara agrees to meet with her enemy, Commander Adams, she knows it’s a trap, but she’s not about to let Adams get away with his previous crimes and, besides, he threatens the peace between the Kos Empire and the Quint Confederacy, the galaxy’s two superpowers. Commander Adams needs to die and Queen Samara intends to make it happen.
Samara is always saying that she wants to keep her friends safe (honestly, it gets a little tiring), but they won’t let her go to this meeting alone, of course. Can they turn the tables on Commander Adams, get revenge, and secure the galaxy’s peace? And what will happen between Samara and Valentin?
We know it’s all going to turn out great, because that’s what kind of story this is, but it’s still an entertaining ride with lots of danger and passion. The characters are agreeable, the plot is exciting, and the romance is sweet.