The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

The Crowns of Croswald

byD.E. Night

Kobo ebook | July 21, 2017

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In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Title:The Crowns of CroswaldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 21, 2017Publisher:Stories UntoldLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0996948627

ISBN - 13:9780996948623

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical I received an ARC of this from the authors book in return for an honest review, this in no way influences my opinion and all the words below are my own. First and foremost I need to take a trip to this universe ASAP. Secondly, I really, really like D.E. Night's writing! I quite enjoyed the beginning and end, though I had a few issues with the middle, and overall liked it a lot! My main issue with the middle was some cliches. Obviously any book with a child discovering they have magical abilities and going to learn how to use them will have Harry Potter parallels no matter what, but it was actually other cliches that really threw me. I found myself easily predicting the main characters actions, and there was the basic enemy, best friend, love interest all following pretty simple character tropes. I only felt really attached to two of the characters by the time the book came to an end. Luckily I was fine with the plot, and absolutely adored the setting. The unique magic creatures, and objects caught my attention and had me wanti to learn more. I also wish I got to learn more about the characters. I guess my ending thought is that I would love a different story set in this world. I can see where the author put so much love and effort into the main character and the whole universe, but the other characters ended up lack luster which dragged the story down for me. The book as a whole was very good but little elements could have easily stacked up to make it not so. I would definitely still recommend his book, especially for middle grade fantasy lovers, and those who are bothered less by well used tropes than I am (as I am sometimes unnecessarily picky).
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and magical The Crowns of Croswald is a fun, fresh fantasy from debut author DE Night. Despite some similarities to Harry Potter, Night has managed to take the familiar ‘orphaned child sent to magical boarding school, destined for greatness’ premise and create a different, compelling world. Sixteen-year-old Ivy has lived her entire life shut away as a servant for a royal family, with only a pack of scaldrons (dragons, whose job it is to cook food in their mouths) and a dwarf who turns up occasionally as companions. When she turns sixteen, an accident in the kitchen gets her thrown out of the castle, but she soon finds herself on her way to Croswald and the Halls of Ivy, where she’s set to learn to be a scrivenist, a magical record keeper. I loved the world of Croswald and the Halls of Ivy, the concept of magic and the roles of magical people, the magical creatures, and of course Ivy herself. She was strong, smart, brave, impetuous, and curious, and it was so much fun following along on her adventures. With lots of action and magical antics, plenty of mystery to keep you guessing, and a great cast of characters, The Crowns of Croswald is sure to be a hit with fans of fantasy. If you’re a teacher/parent/guardian who’s looking for something new and fun for your tween or teen, make sure to pick up Crowns of Croswald. Ivy is sixteen, which automatically made my mind go ‘this is YA’ but it reads like a Middle Grade book, so I think it’ll have wide appeal, regardless of the readers’ age. I can’t wait to continue on with this series and see what’s next for Ivy and her friends.
Date published: 2017-07-25