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The Ring and the Crown Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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I have to admit that the first chapter really through me off and at first. I have an issue with difficult names and pronunciations and as the author the started building the fantasy elements of this story it took me a while to put the pieces together so I can follow along.
Many stories now a days are told in two perspectives. Some authors are even brave enough to adventure out to 3 POVs. This can be enjoyable if the author is able to do it correctly, but often it fails miserably. But in this book Melissa de la Cruz writes in 5 POVs and I felt she did it beautifully. All the characters were clearly developed with all of their thoughts, feeling and emotions expressed. Each character had their own chapter at first and after the first 5 chapters the characters were beautifully woven together and their stories and lives intertwined.
The first character is Aelwyn a sorceress who was sent away from court when she was younger when she almost set her best friend the Princess Marie on fire. As the Queen at 152 years old is starting to dwindle down Aelwyn is send back to court as in this world, every Royal is only as strong as the Sorcerer and Sorceress by their side.Read more ›
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Marie-Victoria is heir to the Franco-British Empire and Aelwyn, bastard daughter of Merlin, have grown up in the castle together but once they reach an age where Marie must start to rule, Aelwyn, has decided to devote herself to the crown as a supplier of magic. Queen Eleanor, has ruled the Empire for over one hundred and now see her ends is near. With the help of her Merlin, she seeks to marry Marie for political gain to the crown prince of Prussia. Even as the two countries have been at war, the two girls have had long visits with Leopold and Wolfgang. Leo is promised to Isabelle, once the heir to the French throne while Wolf as the younger son is left to his own devices.
Just to make things interesting, Wolf meets Ronan Astor, a socialite from New York, whose family has fallen on hard times. She is on the move to make a match with a rich and titled man to save the family. The pair find instant chemistry and Ronan is just the one to take his heart. The magic is an underlying current through out the story which is set in an alternate history of what would have happened if the British had continued their dominance and they controlled all of the power by restricting the use of magic. With this historical background and a Game of Thrones feel, this is the start of a wonderful new series.
The story reads like a celebrity expose' and will keep you very entertained. I really didn't want to put it down when I started and the balance of dialogue, action and descriptive elements gave me everything I wanted in a fun read. There are plots and subplots galore with twists and turns you won't expect. I really can't wait to read what happens next since this one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Parents: This one is best for mature teens since there are mentions of sexual situations, violence and alcohol.
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Book One of The Ring and the Crown series
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Copy sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?
Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.
But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.
Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.
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The Ring & The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz has caught my attention ever since it came out a few months ago. Read more