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Contest of Queens

Contest of Queens

By Jordan H. Bartlett
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, General, Girls & Women, Adaptations
Series: The Frean Chronicles
Imprint: CamCat Books
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744304718, January 2022
Hardcover : 9780744304985, 464 pages, January 2022
Paperback : 9780744304626, 464 pages, January 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744304657, 444 pages, January 2022
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744304640, 688 pages, January 2022

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When an unsettling event occurs in the Queendom of Frea, Jacs, an inventor’s apprentice from the Lower Realm, participates in the Contest of Queens to prove that a Queendom is strongest when united.


In a Queendom divided, can one girl unite the realms?

Jacs, an inventor’s apprentice from the Lower Realm, has only ever dreamed of what the land among the clouds holds. That is until she finds a letter from Connor, an Upperite boy hoping to learn more about the land below. Little does Jacs know, Connor is actually Prince Cornelius of the Queendom of Frea. With wooden boats and hot air balloons, the two begin a secret correspondence. But their friendship is divided by a heavily-guarded bridge and an inescapable prejudice.

The strength of their bond was thought to transcend distance and time, but when the royal family visits the Lower Realm, the Queendom’s feud is reignited.

To save her people, Jacs must infiltrate the Upper Realm and earn her place to compete in the Contest of Queens. In a story about friendship, love, bravery, and defying gravity, Jacs will strive to prove that a Queendom is strongest when united.


“This tale is a thought-provoking fantasy novel, a story you can fall into and not come for air for hours.” —YA Books Central

“This book is a must read . . . playful and imaginative.” —Cailyn Heintzelman, Morton Grove Public Library

“My 2022 reading started off with a bang! Contest of Queens was a lovely read.” The Bookish Coven

“Atmospheric and filled with vivid descriptions, this book is a powerful feminist take on creating a matriarchal world.” The Fictional Journal