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."
Thrilling! Twists and turns as the plot unwinds. I love the multi generational, believable.55
I love YA fiction and this series did not disappoint!! It has a brilliant twist on real-life, introducing deep, well-developed characters and engaging storylines. I can NOT wait to see how the series ends.55
I have read it twice in the past year!55
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!55
This is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Great story, great characters and well thought out story. No cliffhanger but it does continue in another book. Must read55
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.45
This tale will keep you on the edge of your seat! So many behind the scene plots, nasty politics and two sisters vying for a throne make for one exciting book!55
I loved this story and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. It is clean and sweet, while still dealing with fighting matches sometimes to the death. It is a bit of a romance but isn’t the primary focus of the book. And there is a bit of a decision the main character has to make regarding what kind of man she wants. She can’t have them both. Chancery is the main character with her sister Judica being a strong secondary character. The love interests are Noah who is a human and Edam. I like Noah but was strongly pulling for Edam who I think she will end up with in the end. But who knows. I liked that women are the rulers. I have read others were it is a Queendom vs a Kingdom. But I like how there is an underlying theme that in any type of civilization where inequality is present that those not usually praised matter and have value. In this book men are not the rulers and the sons of rulers are bought and sold. Yet, they have feelings too. Just as much as humans do even if they are not the genetic elect like the Evians are. There are times in this book when as a reader you really want to love a character or hate them. But the main character helps the reader see good even in the worst of characters.55
I loved everything about this book! The story was unlike any other that I’ve read. Some romance, but not too much. Exciting action and twists. You don’t know who to trust. I can’t wait to read the next book!55
Loved this book! So many twists and turns! Definitely kept me drawn in and made me want more.55