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Shelf Control #16 | The Ring and the Crown


Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers… read more on Bookshelf Fantasies

18296016Title: The Ring and the Crown
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Ring and the Crown (#1)
Pages: 384
Published On: April 1st 2014
Published By: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Bought
Date: Winter 2014
Purchased From: A Book Convention

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.

Why Do I Want to Read It?

This is yet another book I bought for hype… and because the cover is #goals for any author… and because I was at a signing event and thought “hey, So-and-so liked this book and I like pretty covers… ooo, and it’s in hardback. Plus, she can sign it!” I bought it.

That was back in 2014. At my first author event. And I went absolutely bananas buying books I *cough* still haven’t read *cough*.

Like most books in this feature, I don’t know when I’ll be getting to this one. Probably not anytime soon though; I prefer fun, light reads during the summer months and I don’t believe this is one of those!



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