Review | The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Knight

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Knight ★★★★

“To the One to Whom This Box is Entrusted. It was signed, The Hand That Left Her.”

I received this e-book from Netgalley. This does not affect my review or opinion. All thoughts are my own and I’m being 100 percent honest. Thank you to Netgalley and Stories Untold for providing me this e-book for reviewing purposes.

‘The Crowns of Croswald’ is one of the most magical books I have ever read

What a lovely book! I really enjoyed this magical read. The world-building was impeccable and the magic was really good. There were some scenes that weren’t that interesting and I also put the book regularly down. I think the reason behind this is the fact that it is a middle-grade book and I mostly read young adult. However, I did really like The Crowns of Croswald and look forward to reading the second book in this series.

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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.

First off, the plot is a bit predictable but still really fun to read. There were some scenes I saw coming, but I didn’t mind it. I don’t think each book has to be something new. I get that people compare this book to Harry Potter but they really are two different books. Both very magical.

My favorite character was probably Rebecca. She is so fun and nice. I loved her friendship with Ivy! I hope we’ll read more about her in the second installment.

The magic in The Crowns of Croswald was amazing. Honestly, D.E. Knight knows how to create a magic system. Some of the magical creatures and magical objects are so well thought off. After starting this book I dreamed about the flurry fields and the double moons! I love how she brings the magic alive. I could see everything before me, which is very impressive.

This book is meant for middle graders which is probably why I didn’t give it 5 stars. I think though that everyone can read this book and enjoy it.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, absolutely. What a magical read! I really liked The Crowns Of Croswald.

PS. have you seen the author’s website? It’s gorgeous and magical. Click here to see it.

Trigger warnings
Representation in this book
Middle grade, fantasy
Publication date
September 21, 2020
Stories Untold

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