Thursday 18 March 2021

Book Review | The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night | prettylittlewriter

Whenever I start a new fantasy fiction novel, I always wonder how they are going to make it different from the hundreds of other novels out there. 
But, The Crowns of Croswald truly is unique.
Slightly similar to a certain wizarding world franchise at the beginning, orphan girl living a hellish life until she finds out she is magical and is whisked off to a fantastic school.
However, that’s where the similarities end.

'Ivy Lovely is 16 and she has no idea who she is—or what her powers could be. When she crosses a magical boundary, she discovers a whole new world of enchantment and mystery. Making friends that will last a lifetime—and save her life—she steps into her own abilities and discovers more about her hidden past, magical blood, and the power of Croswald’s mystical stones. But all is not well: a dark history and an evil Queen threatens all that is good. Will Ivy’s bravery and wit be enough?' (amazon description)

Every single character is unique; the weird and wonderful names, the different creatures, the fact that the school teaches ‘royals’ and ‘scrivenists’ (the truly magical ones IMO). All of it is just so incredibly clever. (side note: I really hope Ivy gets to meet Rimbrick again)
It took me just over two days to devour this book.
I’m now desperate for the second novel!

I’m not sure on the age of audience this is particularly aimed at, but I will say that it is quite ‘wordy’, so anyone under 14 may find it a bit tiresome (I myself did skip over a few parts that were mainly describing lessons or objects within the magical world), but it certainly doesn’t take away from how incredible it is!
I honestly can see this becoming a well-received, highly popular and successful movie (if done right).

I honestly couldn't recommend this more to anyone that enjoys fantasy fiction, especially the magical kind (literally and metaphorically!). 
I didn't realise, but D.E. Night is a self-published author also, which I think is absolutely incredible. It's hard getting your novels published, but to create such a unique and wonderful world, I was so surprised a publisher hadn't snapped the idea up in a heartbeat!

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Stories Untold Press for gifting me this eARC and introducing me to the wonderful world of Ivy Lovely.

5/5 stars!

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