Last week i was lucky to receive a magical box sent by the author D. E. Night which included an arc of her new release " The Crowns of Croswald"...to be exact it was really a well thought and magical created box that could only catch my interest and makes me want to discover more.
Since i'm really bad at taking pictures i will redirect you later to a friend's blog who also received it and is a lot more talented than me in that domain.
Now as i told you inside was a book and i'm more than happy to share my opinion with you as it's really a good surprise. ( yes sometimes the outside is as good as the inside^^)
So Happy Reading!
Publisher: Stories Untold
Genre: fantasy,YASource: ARC
A magical, mysterious universe that, at some points, can remind us of Harry Potter for its enchantments. That's the first thing that came to me when i was reading it's not the same and in this book so far the majority of the main characters and big secondary one are females. But we also have someone discovering the Magic that she knew existed though, an head of school we are not 100% trusting and ghosts in the school as well as magical portrait..... if you have read Harry Potter those are elements that ring a bell.
That being said it was really a pleasure to discover this universe along Ivy and there is a lot we sill have to learn i'm sure. Ivy is a loving character, she is determined, loyal, has a good heart and is quite courageous. She does what she feels is right and that can lead her to dangerous situation but she is also apt to make good friends in unlikely place. For example, she saved a dragon.... i must said that "dragon oven" had me smiling but Humboldt is really funny and i'm sure he will have a role to play later and a dragon as a pet is always fun. She is also friend with a dwarf and from what i gathered in that universe it's really uncommon as they have a bad reputation.. At school she has friends, allies and enemies ( really i can't stand Damaris) because the school has two sections: for the noble who get their magic from their crown, and another : the scrivenist who learn magic that is inside them. They are taught together but of course some think themselves superior when they are in fact complementary.
Ivy always had dreams about a castle and someone there that she feel is calling to her....Determined to free him when she learns he is someone forgotten by magic , a curse that doesn't affect her, she is jumping from an adventure to another all while trying to fit in and learn which isn't that easy.
I don't want to reveal too much as there are some twists and some secrets we only got partial answers to but it's definitively a great story. I would appeal to younger ones as well as older ones that long for more magical universe well written. It has action, just a touch of romance, intrigue, mystery and humour. If you loved Harry Potter and want more it will be a good discovery if you haven't read it you will discover a fantastic universe to be introduced to. I recommend it with lot of pleasure and can't wait for the next instalment hoping the quality will continue to be that good.( A glossary would be very helpful in the future.)
Disclaimer: I received an Arc of this book from the author and voluntary choose to review it. All opinions are my own.
You can find the author on her webpage: Here or on facebook here
and as promised if you want a look at the box you can check it here thanks to Sullivan McPigs