The Crowns of Croswald by D. E. Night – Book Review

The Crowns of Croswald by D. E. Night – Book Review

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night

The Crowns of Croswald

Author – D. E. Night
Publisher – Stories Untold
Pages – 314
Released – 21st July 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-0996948654
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Nia
Rating – 3 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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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.

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The first thing I thought going in to this book is how heavily influenced it is by Harry Potter. It’s still very much its own world and has its own quirks, but there’s a lot of Potter-esque things going on.

I love the world building and magic in this story, it’s fun and not something I’ve come across before – some of the students have stones with very specific magical traits that they have to learn to control, while others have powers related to artistic ability.

Ivy is a 16 year old orphan who’s found herself cast from everything she’s ever known and starting a new life that she could never have imagined (sound familiar?), and everything seems to tip in just the right direction to help her get where she needs to go.

The pacing of this book is very fast and full of action, especially once Ivy finds herself in school. She does make some friends while she’s there, but I can’t help but feel that she doesn’t treat them very well while they’re busy helping her in all her endeavours, however dangerous or badly thought out they may be. For this reason, I found it quite hard to bond with her as a character – but the world building and intrigue was enough to keep me hooked in the hope that she’ll become more likable as she matures.

The writing style is very enjoyable and I think will particularly appeal to readers who are still in high school and can identify more with the characters than I did, because I found myself hoping for chapters from the perspective of some of the teachers or side characters to give it an extra flavour.

Book Reviewer – Nia

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10 Responses

  1. Emma Mane says:

    With Harry Potter vibes I’ll have to check this book out. Super review.

  2. Brilliant, I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Robin Loves Reading says:

    I haven’t read HP, so I would likely pass on this I don’t read the genre.

  4. Kathy West says:

    3 stars isn’t bad. I don’t think this would be for me though.

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    Not a genre I typically read but I did love HP

  6. Shelley W says:

    How cute. A book for Potter fans.

  7. I don’t think there are many people who haven’t read HP.

  8. It’s not a book for everyone.

  9. It’s supposed to be similar so you might enjoy it.