The Crowns of Croswald
By: D.E. Night
*Stories Untold Press sent me a copy of this book for an honest review.*
Overall Rating: ★★★
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
TL; DR: This is a magical series for the next generation of young readers. If you love Harry Potter and the magic of Disney princess stories – this book is for you! Night draws inspiration from stories such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Inkheart and creates a mystical world that anyone can enjoy.
The World of Croswald
I love me a good fantasy world, and Croswald is full of wonder and excitement! It’s not quite Hogwarts, but the Halls of Ivy comes close. It’s a school full of ghosts, magical crowns & quills, and enough mystery to keep anyone coming back.
The Dark Queen is just present enough to make her feel like a prominent threat. She’s clouded in mystery – no one knows what she looks like, where she came from, or why she’s so bad – but you know when you meet her bad things are going down. She reminds me of a cross between The Evil Queen from Snow White and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty – constantly trying to find the one hidden thing keeping them from true power.
From the very beginning you know Ivy is special but not why. As the story unfolds you get answers but also more questions and I loved that I wasn’t able to guess every plot twist. It makes me excited for book two!
Ivy Lovely isn’t my least favorite heroine, but she isn’t in my top 5. She’s impulsive and doesn’t always think about the greater good. I’m hoping she grows into her personality as the series progresses, but she was lacking something for me.
While the magic of Croswald is fun to experience, I found myself comparing it to other well known stories. This isn’t always a bad thing, every amazing writer gets inspiration from somewhere, but I wished I was able to dive in and feel like I was somewhere entirely new.
The Ugly Truth
The next generation of young readers may have found their version of Harry Potter in Ivy Lovely. The Crowns of Croswald is a whimsical, witty story that anyone would enjoy. I can’t wait for The Girl With the Whispering Shadow.
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