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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review: Crown of Three (Crown of Three #1)

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Author: J.D. Rinehart
Publisher: Aladdin
Length: 416 pages
Source: Purchased Book

Family secrets combine with fantasy in this epic tale of battle, magic, strange creatures, power, and fate—a Game of Thrones for a younger audience.

Separated at birth triplets, Tarlan, Elodie, and Gulph, have grown up knowing nothing about each other. However, an ancient prophecy says that the three will one day be reunited, overthrow the king, and bring peace to the land.

Each of the triplets has a special power that sets him or her apart from other people. Tarlan can speak to animals. Elodie can hear the voices of ghosts. And Gulph can become invisible. But what use are these abilities if they can’t stay alive long enough to claim the throne?

As three new stars shine in the nighttime sky, events are driving them together, but will the triplets live? Let alone rule?

    

Review:

Protagonists: Tarlan, Elodie, and Agulphous are triplets born to the king that signal the beginning of an old prophecy. Split up, so that their evil father won't find them, they know nothing about each other, and only one child knows about their origins at the start of this book. I did really like all three triplets, each one has a fairly unique personality and due to their individual upbringings, they have vastly different life experiences. I think my favorite character for this book would be Elodie since she has the most character development over the course of the book. Though I do have to say that Tarlan's animal companions give him a LOT of street cred with me. I mean, I wish I could fly on the back of a giant sentient eagle!.

World Building: Well, I'm going to air my BIGGEST grievance with this books out here, and it's not even something that the author did but more the publisher. There's no map in this book! I mean, did I NEED a map, no, but it would have helped me enjoy this book more. Regardless, the author does a pretty great job at bringing this fantasy world to life. I really enjoyed seeing the various parts of this world and how this kingdom fit together. One of the things I really like about this book is that there is a good chunk of magic, but it's nothing huge or game changing. In fact, a huge portion of this world building talks about how magic is dying in this world, it's so interesting.

Predictability: So, when I first saw this book I was immediately swept away by the cover, but when I eventually read the synopsis, I was extremely underwhelmed. This book proposes a fairly cliched MG fantasy premise, I mean, an evil king, prophesied to be overthrown by kids, kids will reign in peace forevermore, I mean it's pretty standard. However, as I read this book the author began to subvert the tropes in his synopsis. By the end of the first Act, I knew that every snap judgment I made about this book was wrong. This author seems to like to have gotcha moments, where you think things are going to go one way, only for crazy stuff to happen and everything goes sideways.

Ending: This ending floored me. As the final climax of this story began to unfold, I had a pretty solid idea in mind for where this story would end, and what would be set up for the sequel. Then as I said before things in this book tend to go sideways, and they did. The final climax was pretty well executed, and honestly, I don't really know where this story is going to go next. I mean, big picture things sure, but anything not big picture, not really. The cliffhanger is what really floored me though. I mean, I knew sooner or later it would happen, but... not at the end of the first book.

Rating:


I was really impressed with this book and it did exceed my expectations, though they were set really low. I did really enjoy this book, it just didn't grip me in the way a five-star book should. I am still excited to continue the series though!

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