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Return of the Crown Paperback – June 28, 2012
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I loved this book! Fantastic fantasy adventure suitable for all ages. The heroine, Princess Ravyn, is a teen, but this isn't just another YA fantasy book. There is little to no angst, and it is not a romance (thank God). The writing very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough for adults to be hooked as well. Recommend for fans of the fantasy genre, as well as action or adventure. Would love to read more from this author in the future. (5 stars) - Johnni Parker, Indie Book Reviews
This is one of those books where the synopsis (the book description) does not do it justice at all. Not that it's bad, I just don't know how intrigued I'd be to read it just on that alone. Well, I'm glad I gave it a shot because this book was amazing! And so much happens, and there are so many cool characters and magical creatures, it's hard to describe, you just have to experience it for yourself. I loved the epilogue and hope this means there will be another, although this novel does seem like a standalone. Oh well, one can hope! (5 stars) - Stacy Decker, Indie Book Reviews
My ultra-picky daughter read this book in two days, which is incredible! I can't praise a book high enough that will make her read it cover to cover that fast. I knew that I enjoyed it, but to me the highest compliment is from my pre-teen who usually only likes Twilight (yeah, I know) Harry Potter and the Mortal Instruments. So Ms. Burns is in some fine company indeed! Excellent writing style and I must give a compliment on the stellar editing, as I don't think I noticed any errors at all, which is very rare for an e-book! (5 stars) - Karen Matthews, Indie Book Reviews
For me, this book started off kind of slow and it took a while for me to become connected to the characters...But once I got into the story everything started coming together and I really liked the adventures and dangers Princess Ravyn and her friends faced. My favorite was the dragon and the Harpys. Actually, all of the magical creatures were pretty cool. I liked that they had names and actual personalities. Overall I thought this was a very good book and I really liked it. If there was a sequel I would want to read it. (4 stars) - Mark Williams, Indy Book Reviews
This is the first book I've read from Millie Burns, but I really hope it won't be the last! I loved how Ms. Burns writes in such a descriptive and literary way, but its not boring with too many unnecessary details...I felt like I was really inside the story as it unfolded every step of the way, not outside looking in. (5 stars) - Claire Middleton, Indie Book Reviews
About the Author
Millie Burns lives in Orangevale, CA with her husband and three lovely daughters. Along with a severe infatuation of the written word, Millie enjoys a variety of other activities. You might find her out climbing a rock, hiking the backwoods, or clinging to the end of a rope being dragged behind a boat.
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Burns deft storytelling and crafty dialogue make this book a treat to look forward to whether you're a speed reader or snail-paced muller like myself. Another thing I found interesting is that this book doesn't employ a lot of gratuitous violence which I found to be unusual for this genre, but in this case, it works.
There is a clear line of good and evil so it won't be stretch for a young reader to understand the dynamics among the characters. Return of the Crown has a likable (and unlikable) cast of main characters: Rayvn is a heroine that has a knack for making friends. Conner is like the witty old uncle you wished you've always had. Zelera is downright scary although I did get a chuckle out of her propensity for losing her cool.
Burns uses words comprised of today's vernacular mixed in with the old. It helped make the dialogue feel more contemporary and easier to read. Another unique element was the many references to, and celebrating the acts, of eating. When you're done reading, you might just say to yourself, "I need to eat, and soon."
Burns has a great mix of well-drawn characters. My favorite was Conner because I love wise, older, funny characters. I've taken to rubbing my stomach when I'm hungry and saying, "Time to feed the beast." This book is an excellent debut novel. If you have any trepidation about buying it, go check out the "Look Inside" to read the first two chapters. You'll be clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click". You're welcome.
Fantasy/fairytale 5 stars.
Young Ravyn faces the loss of everything she knows when her aunt, practitioner of dark magic tries to wipe out everyone who stands between herself and the throne. The young girl is dumped on an island with no idea what has happened to her parents. She would have grown up alone if not for the elf Rowan who tended the island. Rowan ensured that Ravyn grew up to be an intelligent and resourceful teenager, but even he knew her time to leave was approaching. On her sixteenth birthday, Ravyn discovers her control over light magic and reconnects with her father's former adviser, Connor. Connor instructs her to stop using her magic to avoid the wrath of her aunt, and to build a raft so that she can return home and begin her quest to regain the throne. Along the way, Ravyn faces many trials as her aunt attempts to prevent her return.
The book reminded me of the old tales of quests found in various mythologies. At every small quest Ravyn faces, she gains a skill or item needed to complete the larger quest. She grows as a person, becoming stronger and wiser in preparation to face her aunt and return light to her realm. She receives aid from Connor, who helps her to understand her magic, and her childhood friend Blade, who becomes her traveling companion and protector.
Millie Burns provides a fast paced journey into a fantasy world with nearly every type of creature you could wish to find; elves, unicorns, dragons. . . The reader never knows what Ravyn may face next. Although, some of the obstacles were overcome too easily. Ravyn talks her way out of most situations, or is generally saved by a combination of good graces and magic. There were also technical issues that bugged me while reading. The POV wasn't always as clear as I would have liked, and there was a bit of head hopping. There were also a few spots where adjectives and wordy descriptions could have been trimmed out to make the text more succinct. However, the engaging story and strong characters made up for these shortcomings.
My verdict--I enjoyed the time I spent submerged in this book, and if you'd like a fantasy reminiscent of old epic quests, you should give this one a try.
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