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- Publication Date: February 27, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B4H45N3
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Cracked Kingdom (The Royals Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Cracked Kingdom is listed as the fifth book in Erin Watt’s Royals series, but with the newsletter book they wrote, it’s the six and final novel chronicling the lives of the Royals. You might be able to get away with only reading Fallen Heir before reading this book, as the two books follow Easton and Hartley’s story arc but reading the series in its entirety would lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the entire Royal family, as their storyline is woven through all the books in the series. Cracked Kingdom is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Easton and Hartley.
I’m going to start this with the things I did love. Easton was wonderful with Hartley after the accident. He was dealing with a truckload of issues and still had the presence of mind to be careful with her and her recovering brain. Sure, he had his reckless moments and was still very much the impulsive Easton we’ve got to know throughout the other books in the series, but I never questioned his absolute devotion to Hartley for a second.
Hartley learning to live with her new reality was also a high point of the novel. When she realized the extent of her condition and that pushing it wasn’t going to help, she pushed on with her life with grace. She fought for the things she couldn’t accept and didn’t back down when she knew she was fighting for what was right. I quite liked her in Fallen Heir, and she proved my instincts about the core of her persona in Cracked Kingdom.
Now, onto my wishes for this novel. I think this was the weakest book in the series, which is disappointing since it’s the last and I hoped to see the Royals go off into the sunset in a more meaningful way. The last half – or so – of Cracked Kingdom felt hurried. There was still so much story left regarding Hartley and Easton, Steve O’Halloran and Elle, Hartley’s family, Easton’s addictions, and the twins and none of it felt fully resolved. Some of the storylines were more fleshed out and brought to resolution than others, but several of those felt more like completions of convenience than fully formed ideas. There were also several continuity errors in the book, I know there was a rush in the final days to get the book published, and I feel the developmental editing suffered for it.
Erin Watt’s Royals series had completely captivated me until this book. I was fully invested in the Royals lives and wanted to see them all learn to love themselves in a meaningful way like Reed and Gideon did, but they just didn’t quite make it here. There is no doubt Erin Watt writes engrossing and comprehensive stories; this one just didn’t live up to the standard they’ve set for themselves, as far as I’m concerned.
The answer to that was Cracked Kingdom. Cracked Kingdom felt more like the first three books than the fourth. It had Erin Watt's amazing writing, all of my favorite (and not so favorite) characters, a swoon-y love, and drama galore. I also can't leave out the shocking surprises it had in store. Those are what make The Royals series so hard to put down.
I have to admit that I was a little hesitant about Cracked Kingdom's storyline at first. I'm not usually into amnesia plots. This one really worked, though! It was set up a little differently, and I loved that. Hartley was uneasy most of the book, and that was actually fun. I also found myself connecting better with her character as she got to know herself. I ended up liking Hartley a lot more than I did in Fallen Heir. Having her own point of view really helped.
Easton... Well, Easton still had problems, but what happened at the end of the fourth book and the beginning of this one seemed to pull him out of what held him captive. I truly felt like I had one of my favorite characters back. I loved how he was with his family and Hartley in this one. This book felt almost like a fresh start for Easton and Hartley.
As for the rest of the Royal clan, they were as fun to read about as always. I loved being back in their world with all the deceitful people surrounding them. Every character brought something I wasn't expecting to the story. I even liked seeing those characters I hate.
I flew through Cracked Kingdom and enjoyed every minute with it. I was surprised by some of the directions the authors went, but I liked how it all worked out. I'm sad The Royals series is over because I would have loved a book about the twins (I still need to know exactly what was up with them and Lauren.), but I understand why the authors are ending things where they did. Cracked Kingdom was a great end to a truly amazing series.
The last one came, I was shocked due to the situations etc. in the Twisted Palace, so I could not imagine that there will be next book. Although, I hoped for East and Val to get together, but I suppose he needed a different girl. So he found her - Hartley.
A strange and lonely girl with a lot of secrets. The ending of Fallen Heir made me want more... and to hope that Twins will be okay. So this book (the final in the Royals’ series) was the needed ending. I could not imagine how everything will be solved and how they will be able to get together after so much trouble made by Easton and his addiction problems. But the way how both authors have made the story was very interesting and nice as I do not believe that East and Hart would have been happy together after what went down in the Fallen Heir.
I would not say that this book is the best in the series, mine most favourite is the Paper Princess which ended just as I love the most, but this was still real good. I could feel how East finally grew up and started acting like an adult not just overly spoiled rich kid as he was acting before. The final revelations from Callum and Steve was a real nice twist. I loved it, too.
A feeling, which I have had for a while, is that the weakest book in the series is The Twisted Palace, which left me very worried that the authors have run out of fresh ideas, but the next two (Fallen Heir and Cracked Kingdom) are a lot better. I am happy that is so.