Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist.
Today, I have my review of the book as well as a tour-wide giveaway!
THE OPAL CROWN (The Opal Mask #2)
Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Age Group: Young Adult
Warning: The summary below contains spoilers if you have not yet read The Princess in the Opal Mask(Book 1)!
The sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask.
In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandra is quickly declining, and the sisters continue to be a pawn in the Guardian’s ever-changing endgames.
But the stakes rise when Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, takes the Galandrian throne after their father's death, and he reveals the girls' deception to Kyrenica’s royal family. Viewed as traitors, Elara and Wilha realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country. However, with only one crown and one throne to overthrow, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, the next savior for their people.
FYI: My review is spoiler free...whether or not you have read the first book yet. : )
The Opal Crown was everything I could have asked for in a concluding sequel! I felt that everything was wrapped up nicely and there were no major plot points that were left unresolved. Although, Lundquist did leave us with a bit of a surprise at the very end. ; )
The main characters in The Opal Crown change quite a bit throughout the story. I felt as though while one girl was undergoing major growth in Book 1, the other girl had quite a bit to discover about herself and her journey in the sequel.
This book was a super quick read, though I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I just HAD to know what was going to happen next...how everything would turn out in the end.
The great world-building in The Princess in the Opal Mask continued on in The Opal Crown. Jenny Lundquist is a great fantasy writer. I loved this duology, and would really like to see her write more in this genre. I can easily see her becoming one of my favorite fantasy authors.
Though the plot is exciting and well-developed, it is definitely "lighter" than other books in the same vein. This is not a bad thing...more like testing the water in a pool and getting used to the temperature before jumping off the high dive. I love the HBO show Game of Thrones, but when I tried to read the book, it just felt soo slow and I just couldn't get into it! Jenny's writing is quick to pull you in, and I never had to go back and re-read pages to figure out what was happening or who a character was.
I would recommend this duology to anyone who enjoys a book with romance, palace intrigue, mystery, solid character and world-building. I would definitely recommend this to anyone new to the fantasy genre.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not compensated in any way. Any and all statements made in this review are my honest opinion.
Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.
(1) Winner will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes &Noble Gift card and a set of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN. US Only.
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