About the Book:
Author: Crystal Smith
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Princess Aurelia’s life is turned upside down when the kingdom she thought she saved turns to ruin, a loved one is tragically killed in a shipwreck, and her home country refuses to respect her brother’s legitimate claim to the throne. With no place left to call her own, Aurelia returns to Greythorne Manor—her best friend’s family mansion—only to get swept up in a coup d’état on the night of her brother’s coronation.
With everyone turned against her and enemies closing in on all sides, Aurelia has nothing left to lose in a mad fight to protect the only people she has left—her family. But in her darkest moments when all seems grim, will Aurelia find a spark of hope from a love she thought long lost?
* I received an arc from my local indie in exchange for an honest review*
Sometimes when going into a sequel, I’m anxious as to how it’s going to turn out. I really enjoyed Crystal’s debut, Bloodleaf, and Greythorne, I’m happy to report, exceeded my expectations! I was hooked from the beginning and it was hard to put down.
Some time has passed since the end of Bloodleaf. Aurelia finds herself mourning the loss of her blood magic and her recently departed loved ones. She’s not much of a princess anymore..she’s living above a tavern and playing cards for money. She keeps having horrible dreams about blood, death, and burning. Her brother Conrad has an upcoming coronation he is preparing for. Their country is in an upheaval and they refuse to accept Conrad’s claim to the throne. Meanwhile, the tribunal is still hunting witches, like Aurelia. Aurelia winds up at her best friend Kellan’s home, Greythorne Manor, as she has no other place to call hers. When she arrives at Greythorne, she finds herself in quite the predicament. We get to go on an amazing adventure with Aurelia and we learn so much more about her. She’s definitely become a favorite of mine! We are also introduced to some intriguing new characters.
This book was full of so many twists, turns, and surprises, you will be left speechless and crying for more! Have no fear, the sequel Ebonwilde will be released in 2021.
About the Author:
Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre and Howl’s Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.