By: D.E. Night
Release Date: July 21st, 2017
Publisher: Stories Untold Press
Series: The Crowns of Croswald
If you’re looking for some magic and fantasy the Crowns of Croswald may serve as a good escape into another realm for a while. I received this book through NetGalley and was thrilled to get a copy.
In The Crowns of Croswald we follow Ivy Lovely in her journey into the world of magic and discovering the truth of the world around her. While I will say right at the top of this review that there are similarities between Ivy’s story (orphan, doesn’t know about magic, etc.) and that of the Harry Potter series the world of Croswald is it’s own world and the magic system was very fun. The easy comparison to Harry Potter and other stories of children in magical worlds (i.e. Pennroyal Academy series, The Uncommoners series and so on) doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of this story as D.E. Night has made this world her own. I will also say the nostalgic feeling was very strong and it probably increased my enjoyment of this book but again, that doesn’t mean the book itself doesn’t stand up on it’s own.
With a lovely cast of characters and wonderful world building and descriptions I found myself flipping through these pages quickly and looking forward to each new line of information. I especially enjoyed how not all people in this world have the same type of magic; some have stones with magical traits, some use their artistic abilities to express magic and we see how their type of magic shapes the characters too.
If you are looking for some nostalgia, a new fantasy world to escape into and a new series that will keep you entertained while not being such a heavy read The Crowns of Croswald is definitely a series you should check out. I will eventually be picking up books two and three for myself as well.
Thank you again to NetGalley, Stories Untold Press and D.E. Night for sending me a copy of this wonderful story! It was just what I needed towards the end of this crazy year!