YA Review: The Ring and the Crown, Melissa de la Cruz
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the vast Franco-British Empire, lives in a world where magic fizzes just below the surfaces. But what’s the good of wealth and privilege if you can’t be with the one you love? During one fateful London season, Marie and a host of other young people gathered in the great city will struggle to follow their hearts or their destinies.
I came for the alternate history and stayed to see the tangled love stories play out. I liked the historical imagining but the language often felt stilted and the characterization weak (especially the Merlin and the Queen). I liked the somewhat old-fashioned morality of the ending but thought some of it felt rushed and unearned.
Verdict: I’ll order a copy for my YA collection, but I don’t think I’d read a sequel myself.
(Full disclosure: I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)