The Ring and the Crown

The Ring and the Crown

Kobo ebook | April 1, 2014

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Magic is power, and power is magic... Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures. Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire. As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d'Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth. But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family's position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires. Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn't even want Leopold—she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry. When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.
Title:The Ring and the CrownFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Disney Publishing WorldwideLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from de la Cruz weaves history and fantasy together seamlessly This book was unlike quite anything else I've read in a very long time. Set in the early 1900s England but a different England than we know, de la Cruz weaves history and fantasy together seamlessly. The storyline flits between characters' points of view, which one would think may be annoying but actually works in this book. I think it works because the character development is so well done. Having said that, I found the ending of the story a bit irritating. For me it felt that the author just wrapped things up a bit too neatly, patiently explaining to reader why everything that happened had happened. It would have been far stronger if there had been foreshadowing throughout the novel to lead to the conclusions that came. That was a real disappointment for me. Overall, though, I did enjoy this book. It was different and new.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good plot to it but dissapointing I didn't know what this book was about when I first picked this book up. as a avid YA reader the title "The Ring and The Crown," sounded really appealing to me. but as I got through the book it got to confusing for me. Because the book follows the life of 5 people, a princess, a sorcerers daughter, a young prince, a girl from America and the princess husband to be fiancé (I know confusing!) each chapter is a different persons view and you don't figure out who you are following in the chapter till you get past the first two pages I get what the writer was trying to get with the plot but this book is certainly not one of my favourites. the ending was a surprise you don't except it to end that way, it was a little rushed but it was a good ending.
Date published: 2014-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from total disappointment Whatever you do, don't bother reading the synopsis of The Ring and the Crown because it has nothing to do with the book.. at all. Throughout the whole book I was waiting for when whatever was written in the synopsis and it never happened. Only 10% of the synopsis happened.. 250 pages IN THE NOVEL. I'm sorry but whoever wrote the synopsis must have read a different book because all I got from the novel was girls obsessing about getting married.. that is all. The magic was just a quick backdrop for the world so as not to label it a contemporary. There was so much cheating and obsessing and sleeping around.. and they were all 16 years or younger! The synopsis promised a prophecy.. a conspiracy.. magic.. power! but we truly got none of that until the last 20 pages where everything went even more downhill.. at least before that I could understand the direction of the novel.. but that ending? I was so furious and seriously thought I wasted my time reading it. I don't know what Melissa De La Cruz was trying to convey with this novel because I got nothing.. nada.. zero. This is not a memorable book and one I would like to forget.. it wasn't a great reading experience and it is truly a shame because the cover of The Ring and the Crown is one of my favorite covers of 2014.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting My first foray into Melissa de la Cruz's writing and I was super excited to read The Ring and the Crown. The synopsis fascinated me. Four different society girls all leading various different lives, tied together in a beautiful world where both science is regarded as backwards and magic is forward-thinking. She brought such a unique spin to the world and I truly enjoyed it immensely. The world is beautifully researched and thought out and was one of the most strongest aspects of the book. The Mage sisterhood reminded me of a nunnery, and for all the magic that was thrown into the book, they don't cast a lot of spells at all. The big thing this book was missing is a plot. Where was it? Did I completely miss it? I don't think I did, because it follows the lives of the girls and that's it. To me, that was the most disappointing thing about it. I wished there was a huge storyline that kept moving forward but sadly there wasn't. As for the main cast of characters, I couldn't really connect with anyone, unless you count Ronan. She had some personality traits that I could relate to. But the others I didn't particularly like. The development of each of the characters do appear by the end, so that's always wonderful to see. The game playing is just like ‘Gossip Girl’ only in a wonderful new world with royal intrigue, scandals and magic. These women are conniving and manipulative and ruthless. And I wasn't liking any of them. Now for the males in the story. I thought the brotherly relationship between Leon and Wolf was rather interesting. The reveal in the end wasn't shocking at all, but rather predictable. Wolf is an interesting character. His persona to the world as second in line to the throne has its merit. He acts like a pompous a-hole but in reality he's a “Labrador than fox when it came to ladies.” When he grew up with his father treating his mother like a used toy. For honour, for duty instead of love. I found him to be at least likable. Read it for its beautiful historical references and world, but skip it if you're looking for a storyline.
Date published: 2014-04-14