Book Review: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Hardcover // Library
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Summary:  Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve? 

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. 

But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard. 

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.


The Ring and the Crown was an amazing book. Not only does it have a beautiful cover but it also has an intriguing plot to go with it. 

I can tell that the plot was definitely well thought out from the three-dimensional characters to the unique world that Melissa has created. I am in love with the world. I just can't get over it. I love history and I love fantasy so being able to divulge into this world was a dream come true.

The book is told from different perspectives of completely different people that have a complicated relationship with each other. Marie-Victoria is engaged to Crown Prince Leopold of Prussia, who was engaged to the almost Princess Isabelle of France, but Marie Victoria is actually in love with her guard. Aelwyn is the childhood friend of Marie-Victoria and is in love with Leopold. Leopold's younger brother falls in love with a former American heiress. It is definitely very complicated. 
The book is told from all of these people's perspectives, except Leopold's now that I think about it. 

The story definitely focuses a lot on romance but unlike other stories where the romance is a side story to the actual story, the plot of this book is completely driven by the romance and it works. 

It was a typically fast paced book which I read in one sitting. Now, I am patiently waiting (and failing) for the sequel to see what is going to happen next.

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