**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title Castles in Their Bones
Author Laura Sebastian
Release Date February 1, 2022
Date Finished February 1, 2022
A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series.
Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.
Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.
The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.
Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian but I really learned to love the rest of the series. When I learned about this series, I was eager to give it a read.
Some Things I Liked
Multiple POVs. While the cast of characters was a bit much to juggle at times, I actually really loved the three converging points of view. Each sister was completely unique and her circumstances unique as well. I loved the way the stories felt disconnected but also that they were drawing closer to each other with each chapter.
Romance and relationships. I loved the way each sister found the relationships she was missing or that she needed. There was romance, friendship, and even a father daughter relationship that developed and I really loved that it wasn’t just all romance.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
This book had a slow start for me. I started it in November and only just picked it back up yesterday. The beginning was captivating but I found myself temporarily bogged down by the lengthy list of characters.
While this book had a slow start, I feel like I understand it all now and I would definitely read the next book in the series. There are many unanswered questions and I can’t wait to see what direction the story takes.
I really enjoyed this book. I think if it stays on this pace, I’ll like this series even more than Ash Princess.
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