Since I Was Abandoned After Reincarnating, I Will Cook With My Fluffy Friends: The Figurehead Queen Is Strongest At Her Own Pace, Vol. 4

By Yu Sakurai and Kasumi Nagi. Released in Japan as “Tenseisaki de Suterareta no de, Mofumofu-tachi to Oryouri Shimasu: Okazari Ouhi wa My Pace ni Saikyou desu” by M Novels F. Released in North America by Cross Infinite World. Translated by Emma Schumacker.

Sometimes your worst enemy is yourself. Sure, you could be reincarnated as a stunningly attractive noble lady. And yes, you could be married off to a cool yet attentive king of a neighboring country and end up their (temporary) queen. And you may also be possessed of truly staggering amounts of magic powers. And you could also be a genius chef, continually coming up with ideas that astound the nobility of this pre-industrial land, such as pizza toast. You could also be surrounded by cats, wolves, and other animals who all adore you and want to do your bidding. And yes, it could be that one of those wolves is ALSO your husband, the King. You’ve got a pretty good thing going on here. Unfortunately, if you are Laetitia, only one single word in the preceding paragraph stands out, and that word is ‘temporary’. She can’t get it into her head that the king has fallen for her.

The kingdom is about to be visited by representatives from the Wildam Empire, which is to pegasi what her home base is to wolves. Unfortunately, it gets off to a bad start when one of the Pegasus Knights ends up picking a fight with… a little dog that barked at him. Believe it or not, this does almost cause an international incident, but Laetitia helps to smooth things over through her negotiating skills and her prowess at flying her gryphon. Then there’s a ball where she has to meet and greet, and she discovers that… well, no, she does not discover that her husband is jealous of anyone who comes near her, please see above. Things then go even further south when a lady in Lady I-Liena’s camp supposedly helps the disgraced Pegasus Knight escape, and is now in prison. Which… makes no sense. Can Laetitia figure out what’s really going on?

I must admit, sometimes it can be hard to tell “this is background informatoin I’m giving out to give a character depth” from “this is a clue and hint for what happens later on in the book”, and as such, I was rather surprised at a revelation that happens late in the book. Mind, I knew that there was something deeply suspicious about them, and that they were likely a spy… which was true, but the rest of it was news to me. Speaking of being news to me, I had assumed that laetitia was the only one in this world who had been reincarnated from Japan, but the more we hang around her older brother Claude, the more I think that he is as well and she’s just in denial about it. Which works, given everything else she’s in denial about. Honestly, given that she already hits a lot of the “overpowered character” buttons, we can grant her this flaw.

If you enjoy romance, political dealmaking, or are simply hungry, this is a fun series to read.

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