Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
The Crowns of Croswald has been one of the best, most interesting book I have read this year. If you are a fan of Harry Potter and fairy tales mixed together, this is definitely the right book for you. Just like in Harry Potter, magic is a pivotal element in the construction of the book and I loved the way D.E. Night structured the rules of magic, giving the story more veracity. There is also the appearance of a magical school which any fantasy lover wants and craves if they want to read something cozy and magical.
Even if the book is targeted towards middle graders, the plot and the writing style make this story worth reading, no matter your age. The action always keeps you on your feet, as I have found that The Crowns of Croswald belongs to the category of books where you are unable to put it down due to its captivating nature. The author also manages to find that hard-to-obtain balance between the right amount of description, giving enough insight into the world that she has built, but not too much as to bore the reader.
What I loved most about the characters are the way that they are built. The majority of characters in books such as these, filled with magical elements, tend to make poorly thought-out decisions, making the reader not feel as fondly of the characters as they did before but the characters from D.E. Nights’s book, especially the protagonist Ivy are witty, smart, courageous and so much more.
To conclude, I highly recommend this book to any reader out there, no matter the age, who need a dose of magic in their lives and who want to dive into a fantasy, fairytale-like, well-written adventure. You can find the book on: