Her Crown of Fire
Young adult, fantasy, adventure
In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.
Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands int he fantasy realm of Lotheria–with a taglaong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood, winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tysons is forced into hiding under the threat of death from the headmasters of Rose’s new school.
As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the headmasters discover and execute him–no matter the cost.Synopsis sourced from Goodreads.
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I have a lot of thoughts about this book. The most prominent, at the moment, is that there was a lot of potential for the storyline. Potential to take things one step further, to pull a reader into a more lush and intricate world, to show things differently.
This is not to say that I did not enjoy this book. It was written well for most parts, but sometimes didn’t connect to the overall big-picture storyline. Parts of the story were well implemented, while others seemed to be only there to check off a box in a list of what to include to be more diverse in writing (I won’t go into it too much because this will be spoiler free, and it might not be that obvious when you’re reading it.)
The story follows Rose Evermore, who doesn’t seem to get along with her mum (I don’t know, they seemed like distant friends and most of their dialogue seemed a bit stunted) and has just found out that she has magic powers. With this revelation, she also becomes a pyromaniac (?) to test her theory and eventually finds her way to the magical dimension and the city of Lotheria. Unfortunately, her best friend, Tyson, has tagged along for the ride and he’s got no magic to speak of.
I think it would have been nice to see his storyline more; it just kind of time jumped a bit for him and though he was the main motivation for Rose to get home, he kind of took a back seat in her mind and with the plot too. I didn’t particularly always enjoy being in Rose’s head – I don’t know what it was but maybe if this had been third person?
The other characters in the book gave good insight to the other cultures of the world of Lotheria, but again, sitting in Rose’s head with only her point of view was a bit…disconnecting, I suppose. Their side plots were okay, but did steer away from what I thought the main plot was (Rose getting Tyson and her home).
I did enjoy some of the plot twists. It’s not often that characters with speaking parts face things like death so early on in a series – though, for motivational purposes, I suppose it could make sense. Not entirely, as Rose already has a motivation (Tyson) to complete one thing and shouldn’t need another. Other plot twists were a bit more unwelcome, as characters who had not been seen for a while, or had not interacted with the main character storyline, were suddenly pinnacle points for the main plot. (This is bringing me back to checking off that box on the diversity checklist.)
Overall, I think this was a pretty okay read. I think it has more positives than negatives, because the writing was good and the world that April built for this story is extremely intense and interesting. I can definitely see myself reading on in the series, as this book seemed to set up a lot more than it solved, and recommending it to others who I know might enjoy it more.
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This book was provided by the publisher, via Belle’s Tours, in exchange for an honest review.