- Title: Her Crown of Fire
- Author: Renee April
- Series: Molten Crown, #1
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Publishing Date: November 1st, 2019
- Publishing Co.: Write Plan
- Length: 400 Pages
- Format: Kindle, Paperback, Hardback
- Acquired: Given free digital copy in exchange for an honest review
- Amazon Link: Her Crown of Fire
In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.
Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands in the fantasy realm of Lotheria–with a tagalong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood, winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tyson is forced into hiding under threat of death from the headmasters of Rose’s new school.
As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the headmasters discover and execute him–no matter the cost.
Final Judgment: 4.5 Stars out of 5
Trigger Warning: Adult language
In this fantasy novel by Renee April, Rose Evermore is more than she appears. She is drawn to a river in her world, and as she and her best friend Tyson fall in, they are transported to another world–a magical world. As she tries to master her power over fire as a new fire mage in the Academy, Tyson must hide himself from that same Academy… Or else. But Rose is not one to simply sit around and let the bullies win. She has a plan, the only question is will it work in time?
The character building in this novel is amazing. The friendships feel genuine and build throughout the book, lending each character their own unique personality and witty dialogue. All of the major–and some minor–characters are dynamic, and I enjoyed seeing them grow as I turned each new page. It is part of what made this novel a true delight to read.
The plot is also a great aspect of this novel. I had absolutely no idea what was going on or what was going to happen–in a good way. While sometimes this means that the plot is aimless and the characters lackadaisical, this novel was anything but. I wanted to continue reading throughout the night–and I did. It actually only took me about 2 days to read this 400 page novel because I just had to keep getting to the next chapter, the next big event. I couldn’t wait until the next morning to find out how each new obstacle was overcome. The characters were my friends, and I couldn’t sleep knowing that they were in peril.
I had two very minor issues with the novel, which is why I gave it a 4.5 instead of 5 stars. First, Rose and Tyson took falling into a completely new, magical world too well. There was barely any surprise or incredulity, and so it came off as a bit too easy in the beginning of the novel. Second, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes action that occurred for housekeeping reasons. What I mean by this is that there were a lot of little things that I had to surmise occurred at some point off-page in order to follow the plotline. This was not a big deal, as the events/actions were very minor, but it did throw me off a few times. As a slight add-on, there were also many editing errors, but it did not detract much from my reading. In fact, as an English teacher, I am especially attuned to these faults in books. The average reader most likely wouldn’t even notice.
Overall, this book was a great read. I basically devoured it and was left wanting the sequel to come out AS SOON AS I finished the last page. I am still waiting impatiently on the sequel to come out! You can definitely count on me continuing this series 🙂