Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: The Ring and The Crown

The Ring and The Crown
The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Princess Marie-Victoria has always been weak and sickly, yet it is approaching the time when she must step up and take the throne. In order to unite two kingdoms and end a terrible war, she is promised in marriage to Prince Leopold VII, the heir to the Prussian throne. Although she knows that her kingdom needs this alliance, she has always loved Gill, her childhood friend. Aelwyn Myrddn and Marie have grown up together and believe they have devised a way for them both to get what they want. Aelwyn will magically take on Marie’s face and rule in her stead. Marie will run away with Gill and live the quiet life she has always dreamed of. Yet there is more underfoot than either girl could imagine.

The Ring and The Crown is the first book in a new series by Melissa de la Cruz. This fantasy novel includes romance, intrigue and that wonderful historical time period of the early 20th century. The novel quickly moves from one scheme to another and at times the reader will wish there was more information. The Ring and The Crown could definitely benefit from being fattened up and expanded, yet the overall story kept me reading rather quickly. For readers who want a fantasy story that is not going to take a lot of brain power to enjoy, this will be a strong choice. Some readers may stop after this book since most of the plots were wrapped up neatly, but I will be looking for the next book in this series.

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