Saturday 18 June 2022

Book Review | Her Majesty's Royal Coven by Juno Dawson | prettylittlewriter

'Hidden among us is a secret coven of witches. They are Her Majesty’s Royal Coven. They protect crown and country from magical forces and otherworldly evil. But their greatest enemy will come from within.

There are whisperings of a prophecy that will bring the coven to its knees, and five best friends are about to be caught at the centre. Life as a modern witch was never simple … but now it’s about to get apocalyptic.'
This is the first book I've read from Juno, and my god it's a brilliant one. The premise is brilliant, a secret undercover Witch Coven within the UK that works with the Government? Yes please! (what I'd give to have this be real life!). 
The world building was perfect, I understood every aspect of the world, including the part HMRC had to play and how each character would fit into the story. 

The friendship within this novel is brilliant. Each and every character (minus Helen) is wonderful, and heart-warming and joyous. Niamh is my favourite, and I was rooting for her to be with Luke and I absolutely adored how insanely protective she was of Theo. 

What I loved the most about this novel is how brilliantly queer it is. Before going into the novel, knowing the author is trans, I was expecting to see an element of it within the story, but Juno brings it to the forefront of the novel, with transphobia being the main antagonistic part of the story, which is incredibly clever and brilliant. 
Juno also tackles racism within the novel with the character of Leonie, who is a lesbian black woman, and although Juno isn't black herself, she deals with the topic with sensitivity and inclusivity. 

The book is quite long, over 400 pages of thrilling drama, but I devoured it quickly as I was desperate to find out how it would end!

The only thing I didn't like about the novel is that it ends on a cliff-hanger, so now I'm gutted and not so patiently waiting for the next one! 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed and I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves stories about witches, friendship and queerness! 

Ps. How absolutely INSANE is this Fairyloot edition from their adult subscription box?! 
5/5 stars 

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