Black Queen, White City by Sonya Kudei Review

Hello my little favorite munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. Today is officially the last day of school for me for the year and the last day of finals for this year. I am really happy about this! I just can’t wait to sleep and travel this summer. I also have to start studying for APUS and APEnglish3 for next year but, hey that is okay.

Anyways, why don’t we get into this review?


Author: Sonya Kudei

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 278

Publishing Date: April 16th 2018

Publisher: Trierarchy

Description according to GoodReads, “The people:
Leo Solar is a star daimon, a celestial being with powers so vast that he can literally blow up a sun (but not in a bad way – it’s all perfectly safe). This is why when he gets sent to Earth, more specifically, his least favorite part of it (Zagreb, Croatia) with curtailed powers to undertake a dangerous frustrating mission, he is not the happiest star daimon in town.
Dario is a twenty-something former Zagreb University student whose search for meaning is continuously thwarted by the demands of his eccentric landlady. After he accidentally meets a mysterious stranger in a starry outfit who goes around town battling monsters from the Underworld, Dario’s life suddenly takes an interesting turn, and he soon finds himself caught in a flurry of action that includes the celestial realm above, a hidden magic realm below and the erstwhile ordinary Zagreb somewhere in between.

The legend:
The Black Queen is a semi-mythical 15th century personage who not only continues to captivate the imagination of the residents of Zagreb, but apparently also plots to captivate the city itself – literally – despite being somewhat dead.

The places:
The White City is a quiet picturesque place in Central/Southeast Europe with a thrilling secret history. Some people call it Zagreb.
The Celestial Realm (a.k.a. “outer space”) is a place where star daimons with enormous powers and questionable hairstyles perform valiant deeds in order to maintain the balance of the universe while engaging in petty inter-stellar squabbles and meddling with the affairs of Earth.

All of these people, places and fictional constructs come together in an over-caffeinated romp that reaches an action-packed culmination on October 31, colloquially referred to by locals as the Night of the Witches.
Also making an appearance are magic trams, football hooligans, belligerent egg-sellers, jaded small dogs, miniature monks, seductive snake-women and sadistic primary school teachers.”


  • First of all in the beginning of this book I felt like the writing was extremely flowery when it didn’t need to be.
    • However, as we got more into the story it progressed to a more even level.
  • I felt like I could connect with the characters but I would’ve loved to connect with them on a more personal level and to seen even more about them then there was provided.
    • NONETHELESS I really enjoyed the character and felt like they were really real.
    • I was able to feel for them which is a big part of my judging a book.
    • They all had a three dimensions to them which made it feel almost as if it was a movie.
    • It literally was written as a novel but with the ability to be a movie. It was able to move from scene to scene extremely smoothly.
    • The use of local mythology was extremely amazing as it added a whole new level to the book.
  • All-in-All this book was really enjoyable however, it isn’t the best book I read. I highly suggest that if you can to read this book for a long but enjoyable read!

4/5 stars



According to Amazon, “Born in Zagreb in 1981, Sonya Kudei has been writing fiction since she was about six. Once (or maybe twice) in the mid or late ‘90s, she was awarded first prize in the junior short story competition at the annual Zagreb SciFi convention. Although her memory of the stories has subsequently become a bit vague, she is fairly certain they featured either radioactive aliens or giant killer plants or possibly both.

She studied English Language and Literature (BA) and Cognitive Linguistics (MA) as well as dabbling with classical studies, Germanic languages, philosophy and art history, among other things. She has worked as a graphic/web designer, illustrator, journalist, subtitle translator, editor, teacher, product manager and (very briefly) tourist guide in Venice. In addition, she was a web developer in London for over five years.

Sonya is also a painter, with a penchant for Early Renaissance art, and a keen practitioner of obscure 15th century painting techniques, some of which involve eggs. Occasionally she draws comics.

Currently based in St Albans, England, she has been living in the UK for over ten years.”

You can read a VERY long interview I did with Sonya Kudei HERE.

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4 thoughts on “Black Queen, White City by Sonya Kudei Review

  1. I’m a huge good plot sucker; like even if the characters are intolerable or the writing is unbearable, I would stick by to see how the events would be unfolding. This one seems to be exactly that. Though i don’t completely hate flowery prose, it can be difficult to get engrossed if it’s too much. I’m glad it finally turned out to be a great read 😀

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    1. I would defintally suggest this book for when you are in a mysterious or flowery mood. I am glad that it turned out great in the end too, obviously! Anyways, us bookends need to stick together, right?

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