Title: Castles in their Bones
Author: Laura Sebastian
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Page Count: 518
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
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?
Castles in their Bones by Laura Sebastian is the first book in the young adult fantasy series by the same name, Castles in their Bones. The story in the Castles in their Bones series is one that is told by changing the point of view between the different characters and one that is best read in order from the beginning of the series.
Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz were raised by their mother, Empress Margaraux, to one day be queens and now the time has come for them to begin to implement their mother’s plan. Now that the girls are sixteen they must each go to the lands chosen for them and wed the princes of those lands. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz have been trained in every aspect of royalty and that of deception, seduction, and violence but little do they each know they are but a pawn in their mother’s game.
Before reading Castles in their Bones by Laura Sebastian I saw someone mention it reminded them of fairy tales with the princesses in their castles but what I found was this one was infused with Tudor Era politics. Take the time of kings and queens in the Tudor Era and toss in some magic in a fantasy world and you have this new series. I happen to love reading of that time so I easily fell into this story and was hooked. Of course the story unfolds a little slowly being a lengthy read but despite my normal complaints I never felt it was too slow and the twists and turns along the way have me completely looking forward to book two.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Laura Sebastian grew up having many adventures on an avocado grove and later an island in South Florida. She studied Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design and now lives, reads, and writes in New York City with her dog, Neville.
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