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.
If you love the magic of Harry Potter and whimsical charm of Cinderella, then you will love The Crowns of Croswald. Night creates such a fantastical setting with creatures like dragons, hairies (fairies), and shorehorses. And in the Halls of Ivy, all sorts of magic is taught. Instead of wands or wizarding hats, magic is found within ink and quills and stones and glanagerie bottles. I found this magic to be fun and creative, something I could easily picture in my head.
We follow Ivy as she goes from a maid to a student at the Halls of Ivy. But something I would have actually liked to have seen more of was her time as a maid. I only glimpsed a peek into Ivy’s horrible life, then she was suddenly swept up into the Halls of Ivy. I think this would have allowed for a bit more depth in character and story, but this was nothing major.
I really enjoyed following Ivy throughout her story. I must admit, the beginning was a tad slow, but once I was about half through, they tale picked up. We get to see more of Ivy’s friends—Rebecca and Fyn—and her magical potential. (Also: her love interest’s name was Fyn which just made me think of Fin MacMillian which is ALWAYS a plus.)
RIGHT BUT ANYWAYS, Fyn and Ivy’s friendship was very endearing and sweet. They were best friends, and I always find that to be the most charming. They would happily follow each other on their adventures, no matter how crazy they seem. Not to mention, Rebecca and Ivy’s friendship was also cute and funny.
I will have to be honest in saying I found the plot points of the The Crowns of Croswald to be predictable, but I believe this is because it is geared more towards middle-grade readers. But don’t get me wrong, I think readers at any age can enjoy this novel. It has that classic fairy tale feel full of magic and adventure.
If you’re in need of something fun and whimsical, you should definitely pick up The Crowns of Croswald! You’ll be sure to fall in love with this magical world.
Thank you so much to so much to Meg Bruce and D.E. Night for reaching out and sending me one of the most beautiful parcels I’ve ever received. I’m so thankful.
The Crowns of Croswald will be released on July 21, 2017.
What are some upcoming releases you lovelies are looking forward to? I’ve been saving loads of book from fall 2017 and 2018 to my want-to-read list and I’m SUPER excited. Which reminds me, don’t forget to follow my Goodreads if you haven’t already. *wink*
I hope you enjoyed this review and consider picking up The Crowns of Croswald when it releases in one week! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this whimsical fantasy.
P.S. You’re welcome for that Fin Macmillan GIF. It’s what I’m here for. *double wink*