Title: The Crowns of Croswald (The Crowns of Croswald #1)
Author: D.E. Night
Published: July 27th, 2017
Length: 314 pgs.
Publisher: Stories Untold
The Crowns of
The premise of the book is Magic known in the world of
The book opens with a rather vague prologue but as the plot concludes everything begins to come together. The main story opens with Ivy Lovely taking the stage. Ivy is a bright young girl who dreams of a life filled with adventure and magic, a stark contrast to Ivy’s reality at the start of the book, living the glum life as a
Ivy is a lonely orphan with one friend, a Dwarf named
On Ivy’s 16th birthday everything changes. Everything Ivy has ever dreamed of starts happening for her. Ivy is transported by Cabby to Ravenshollow and enrolled as a
But it’s not all rainbows and gumdrops. Once Ivy arrives at the school the action begins. From the moment Ivy arrives in Ravenshollow strange things start to occur. Quills take on minds of their own and leave their
Rebecca is a princess, she wants to study
The plot revolves around the mystery of the Dark Queen, the wandering family, and a mysterious
One of the things that stood out to me in the book was the world building. The worldbuilding seemed effortlessly achieved, descriptive and original. Fairies are known as
That being said if I had to pick the worst thing about the novel it’s the world building. Because this is a first book set in a world straight out of the author’s mind, the extensive world building was required. Because of this, the world building took up about as much literary real estate as the plot and action (Sad Face). However, the world building was well done and necessary. And I only noticed because the plot/action parts were so interesting I wanted more.
The character development was done well, and I appreciated the level of mystery shrouding Ivy’s story. But I was left with questions at the end of the book. Like what are the roles of the other princes and princess, what purpose do they serve maybe I’ll get my answers in book two?
In closing, I enjoyed the book. D.E. Nights world of Croswald has a little something for everyone. Magic and a slew of fantasy creatures. I found the book to be well written, well edited, and original. It’s a Fantasy novel suitable for middle-grade readers and above. I give The Crowns of Croswald 3 out of 5 stars and recommend this book to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.
The Author D. E. Night is contracted for a total of 4 books in The Crowns of Croswald series with the second book The Girl with the Whispering Shadow (The Crowns of Croswald, #2) to currently set for release on Jan 23rd, 2019 and currently available for pre-order on Amazon. I look forward to reading book two.