Title: The Ring & The Crown
Series: The Ring & The Crown
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publication Date: April 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 384
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 & The Crown is a story of love, lust, power, greediness, defeat, triumph, and acceptance.
The story is written on third person’s point of view. It should be beautifully written if it wasn’t for the frustrating and confusing changing of the subject. I hate the way she told the story of this certain character in this chapter and then the story of another on the next chapter without the reader knowing who the heck are these characters first. The introduction of so many characters in this book was so frustrating. It is really hard to comprehend things at the very beginning especially that this book consists of so many characters and stories to be told.
It lacks on emotional development and there are some dull pages. I have actually gone through the point where I don’t want to turn its pages anymore. It really went so irritating, confusing and boring at first but as the story goes on, everything went suddenly enthralling that I didn’t want to put it down anymore.
The variety of characters are broad. There are so many different personalities in this book from pure to impure, from the strongest to the weakest, from selfless to selfish, from wicked to virtuous, from seductive to conservative, from deserving to undeserving, and many more. It is entertaining and intriguing but the introduction of the characters as I’ve said before went so confusing that it even made my head hurt.
I love/hate the ending because what I wanted or expected didn’t happened. It made me bitter and it really hurt me a lot. I actually woke up with puffy eyes the next morning. You just need to expect the unexpected in this book. This book holds a lot of surprises!
The Ring & The Crown showed that it’s okay not to be perfect. That even royalties are also humans. That they are also imperfect and flawed just the way we are. That it’s okay to make mistakes but be sure to face the consequences it will bring. And most importantly, you should always fight for your love and for your happiness. It’s safer to do what you had been told, but it’s never better to remain regretful for the rest of your life.
Over all, it is magical, very entertaining, gripping, and definitely heart breaking. The tangled chains of characters are just the confusing and irritating part here. The Ring & The Crown can leave you into pieces.
I recommend this book for everyone but more specifically to 16 years old and above who loves to read stories about royalties and magic with a little touch of reality. I’m sure you’ll like it.
4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I will come back to you, I promise. When this is over, I will come back to you.”
“-she would choose a great man indeed, a man worthy and able to bear the weight of her love.”
About the author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Blood series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! And Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in night clubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
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