This book is my first ever ARC and I am so excited to share my review for this book. The Fate of Crowns is the start of a new series by Rebecca L. Garcia and we follow Princess Winter through the twists and turns of courtly life as she slowly becomes exposed to all the politics and games that comes with being royal.
This 249 page young adult fantasy grips the reader in such a way that putting the book down is almost impossible. Princess Winter’s character develops through facing a number of hardships and challenges, but these situations also open her mind and encrourages her to start questioning what is happening.
Winter initially comes across as a spoilt princess, used to getting exactly what she wants when she wants it, but as her family dynamics are revealed she becomes a more sympathetic character. The downsides of being a royal are highlighted from being watched and judged at all times to never knowing if someone is interested in being your friend or interested in the crown.
We meet a number of other characters through out the book all of whom have a clear impact on Winter. Her only friend Morgana does what she can to help Winter but there are a number of challenges that she needs to face alone.
This book is written in first person, which is not usually something I enjoy.. I usually prefer a book written in third person as I am able to know more about the world that the author has built and in some cases the rules of magic. However this book utilises the first person well, immerses you in Winter’s world, her knowledge and lack there of helps the writer to increase the tension the reader is feeling and relate more to the characters you are following.
This is a fast paced book with strong descriptions and a good sense of place. There is still a lot more for the readers to learn about this world and I am really looking forward to reading the sequel.
One of the themes that I noticed was the importance of knowledge. Winter is left in the dark about a lot of things, and one of the characters suggested that she open her eyes and start questioning things around her. After all if everything she had been told was correct she would have nothing to fear. We are often told that knowledge is power and while people in general don’t really think about it often it is mostly true. If you don’t know about something you can’t do anything about it. In some ways ignorance really can be bliss.
Another theme that was briefly shown was respecting nature. This is only briefly highlighted but I liked that it was included. We live in a world where we often forget to respect the nature around us. But the world is in a careful balance and one that we are disrupting. It is important to remember that we rely on the nature around us and we should therefore treat it with respect.
This book left me desperate the read the next book in the series. Each twist and turn tugged on my emotions and I was left with a number of questions that I want an answer to and I am hoping will be solved in the next book.
I am going to give this 5 stars, if you enjoy reading young adult fantasy series then you will probably enjoy The Fate of Crowns.