Title: A Choice of Crowns
Author: Barb Hendee
Publisher: Rebel Base Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Page Count: 220
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.
Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .
~ If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
~ If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
~ If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.
As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .
A Choice of Crowns by Barb Hendee is the second book in the young adult historical fantasy Dark Glass series. In the series the main character of each book is given the chance to see what three different outcomes would be for an event that will change the course of their life.
In this installment Olivia Geroux has been sent to wed King Rowan but when she arrives at court she finds the arrogant King is not keen on the idea of marrying her. Knowing it is what is expected of her Olivia struggles with how to get the King to change his mind when she is given the opportunity to see into the future and make a choice on what path she will take.
While A Choice of Crowns is the second book of the series this one can be read as a standalone if readers choose to do so. The characters and situation have changed with the three choices being what ties the books together giving them that fantasy edge but the story mostly feels as if reading a historical novel in the time of courts and Kings.
When reading the first book myself I enjoyed the idea of changing one small detail in a certain event would lead to a different future for the main character however I thought as those choices played out it seemed to get repetitive. This made me hesitate a bit in continuing on with this second book but now that I’ve finished I do think this one made a big improvement in that area so I enjoyed it that much more. This series is shaping up to be a rather nice historical read with that twist of fantasy giving it a bit of uniqueness.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Like most writers, I’ve worked at many jobs in my life, including teaching pre-school until I completed my master’s degree in Composition Theory. Between 1993 and 2006, I taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with my husband and life-long partner J.C.
Over the years, we’ve lived in Washington State, Idaho, Colorado, and now moved just south of Portland, Oregon. I love the Northwest, and it’s a great place to write.
We have a lovely and talented daughter, Jaclyn, who lives in Houston, Texas along with our wonderful and talented son-in-law, Paul.
J.C. and I sold Dhampir in 2001, which changed our lives considerably. It was published in January 2003, and we’ve published a book in the Noble Dead Saga every year since. In May of 2006, we were both able to quit our teaching jobs and move into full time writing.
Recently, I’ve begun writing romance/suspense novels, beginning with: Alone with a Soldier. I am so glad my books have found an audience because I love to write fiction more than anything else in the world… and I’m not really good at anything else.