Crown of Crowns by Clara Loveman ★★★½
“The Crown of Crowns has known all along”, he finished. “You and I are destined to be a team.”
Crown of Crowns has such a fascinating magic system and an interesting plot
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, Literally PR and Clara Loveman for providing me this paperback for reviewing purposes.
I started reading this book without actually looking at the blurb. I do this sometimes, so I can be really objective about a book (and be surprised). The magic system was cool and the plot intriguing. The only thing I wasn’t fond of, is the romance in Crown of Crowns.
In a kingdom where the ruling and lower classes live and die apart by law, a noblewoman and a commoner make a fatal mistake: they fall in love.
Kaelyn, a young noblewoman, feels smothered under the harsh constraints of the Decens-Lenitas, the legal and moral code that governs the people of the Geniverd Kingdom. When she meets Roki, a handsome young man from the city with knowledge and aspirations beyond his status, Kaelyn realizes she’s not the only person trapped. She starts to question everything she thought she knew, including about the Gurnots, a group of rebels set on overthrowing the laws—people who the nobles have labeled as terrorists.
When her parents find out that she’s spending more time with a lowborn citizen, they forbid her to meet Roki ever again. He’s common. She could be queen.
Kaelyn tries to move on. Her future as a potential leader depends on it. But she can’t forget Roki, or the ominous signs his lessons now make clear: the death of an obedient follower of Decens-Lenitas, the unrest that follows … and the whispers of conspiracy.
With the lives of all free people at stake, Kaelyn must uncover the truth—even if she risks her heart at every turn.
So about this gorgeous cover. I love everything about it. I got this book as paperback and the feeling of the cover is so soothing. I am definitely someone who is prone to make cover buys and this one is beautiful. I also love the title. At first, it didn’t make a lot of sense as to why the author would choose something like that but when you read the book you find out why Loveman chose the title and it’s very clever.
The plot is a unique one. Throughout the story you learn new things which makes the book so much more interesting. Loveman makes sure there are enough plot twists to keep the story fast-paced and refreshing. I loved the mix of sci-fi and fantasy. The author combines them and it just fits in this story. I loved the robots and the visins, but I also loved the spirits and Min. Really fun way to combine fantasy and sci-fi.
I didn’t really care for the romance in Crown of Crowns. I found it a bit confusing and boring from time to time. I am not a fan of love triangles at all and this one wasn’t it for me. The characters were okay. I liked Nnati, Tissa, and Raad the most. I did not like Roki at all, I don’t know why! He just keeps so many secrets that it was hard for me to trust him.
I loved Loveman’s writing style. She describes this whole magic system in detail and I loved it a lot. The author uses a combination of typical fantasy words and words we use every day. I did like this mix of words, since I don’t consider this book to very fantasy. It feels a bit like Loveman created her own genre and I’m here for it.
The plot twists in this book were unexpected and well done. I flew through this book. Crown of Crowns was only 266 pages long and I finished it in a couple of hours. I did feel like some scenes went by too fast without anything happening in them. The ending could’ve been a bit longer as well.
Would I recommend it?
I would, it is a fun debut with cool magic and special technology.
PS. between the 16th and 18th of September the e-book for Crown of Crowns will be free on Kindle and the audiobook on Apple Books and Chirp will cost $0.01!
Death, blood, death of a loved one, spirits, virus, pandemic
Gay side character
Young adult, fantasy, sci-fi
August 11, 2020
About the author
Clara Loveman graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and has an MPH from the University of Sheffield. She lives in Maidenhead, UK, a riverside town not far from Windsor.
She loves connecting with readers and can be found on Instagram (@lovemanauthor) and on Twitter (@claraloveman).