Title: Crown of Coral and Pearl
Author: Mara Rutherford
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: August 27, 2019
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
This book is an amazing start to a new series!
I loved the character development in this story. Nor and Zadie looked alike but they were complete opposites. Nor wanted to be chosen to become the princess of Ilara, but since she was scarred, she wasn’t beautiful enough to be chosen. Zadie was the more perfect girl, but she wanted to stay behind to be with the boy she loved. Nor ended up showing that you can get anything you want, as long as you try for it.
There was a variety of settings in this book. Nor and Zadie come from a village on the ocean. The castle is in a mountain, and some smaller villages on land were described as well. These different settings challenged the characters who weren’t used to the different kinds of land.
I loved this book so much! I don’t know how I will wait to read the next book!
Thank you HarperTeen for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Have you read Crown of Coral and Pearl? What did you think of it?