Review – The Fate of Crowns by Rebecca L. Garcia

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the author.**

Title The Fate of Crowns
Author Rebecca L. Garcia
Release Date January 5, 2021
Date Finished December 29, 2020

Description

With my brother’s death came the crown and all the trappings that accompany it. Now, my father–the most dangerous man in Magaelor–seeks to control my future.

But fate has other plans.

Thrown into mer-filled waters, I’m dragged into the rival kingdom of Berovia. Surrounded by those who murdered my brother and wished my entire family dead, I must find my way back to my kingdom. There, a marriage between myself and the dark fae prince could bring peace to a century’s old division between the fae and sorcerers.
But dark revelations and deadly lies threaten to destroy my destiny. I must make the choice between my duty, family, and heart before it’s too late.

Will I allow myself to become the Queen of everything? Or be reduced to a cautionary tale as the princess of nothing?

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to be chosen for this tour. It’s an instagram tour so my stop is featured on my instagram page today, but my full review is here on my blog.

Some Things I Liked

  • Throne of Glass meets The Cruel Prince vibes. The synopsis immediately made me think of both of these books for different reasons and I was really excited about that. I loved that there are so many tropes that I enjoy laid out right there in the synopsis. The whole book has these vibes (not just the synopsis), but it was the synopsis that grabbed my attention.
  • Complex politics and history. I really enjoyed the world building here and I can see a lot of potential side stories and spin offs set in this world.
  • Side characters. I am also very interested in the side characters in this story. Cedric and Licia, in particular, are fascinating to me. I would like to see them become more prominent characters in the next book.

Some Things I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Pacing. I found the story to be rushed in some places and very slow in others. I wasn’t a fan of the pacing overall. There was an arranged marriage mentioned right in the beginning but we don’t actually get to see anything about that until more than 50% into the story.
  • The romance. I like Blaise and Winter together. But, I found their romance to be enemies to lovers and insta love at the same time? Once again, I think the pacing was the issue for me here. I like it, but it felt a little off.

Series Value

I would continue with this series. There is a lot of potential here. I also think my pacing issue might be remedied if I binge read this series. I’ll follow up on that idea once I read book 2, The Princess of Nothing.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. I’m glad I applied for the tour. I think it has good bones and a strong storyline. I think there are some issues with the pacing in this book but they could easily be corrected with sequels.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – if you liked the themes of politics, fae, and a larger over-arching plot, try this series by my favorite, SJM.
  • Air Awakens by Elise Kova – if you liked the slow burn romance and alliance / friendship that forms between Blaise and Winter, try this series.
  • The Princess of Nothing by Rebecca L. Garcia – if you enjoyed this book, look out for the sequel, coming soon!

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