April 17, 2015

5 Star #Review #Giveaway of Crown of Three by J.D. Rinehart

Family secrets combine with fantasy in this epic tale of battle, magic, strange creatures, power, and fate—a Game of Thrones for a younger audience. 

Toronia, a kingdom composed of three realms, is wracked with civil war. King Brutan rules with an iron fist. Cruelty and suffering abound. The kingdom’s only hope comes in the form of Brutan’s illegitimate triplets, prophesied to kill the king and rule together in peace. But the road to the throne is long and bloody. Separated at birth and scattered throughout the realms, the triplets face a desperate fight to secure their destiny. Will they survive long enough to rule? 

First off I have to say how much I love the scroll work for the title.  So pretty.  
This was a great start to a new series.  Each character and side character stand on their own.  And well it should keep middle graders entertained.  The 10 year old can't wait for the next one. 

 Go Into This One Knowing 
Great for both boys and girls

From School Library Journal

Gr 6–8—Toronia has been at war for over 1,000 years. Its king is a cruel tyrant, and the people are poor and hungry. Many years ago, a prophecy proclaimed that triplets born to the king would kill him and rule together in his stead, bringing with them a time of peace. For 13 years these triplets have been hidden away, separated from one another and leading very different lives. Tarlan was raised in the frozen tundra of Yalasti with his Thorrods, giant birds who are like family to him, unaware of the prophecy. Gulph was a performer with the Tangletree players until the Queen takes him captive and inadvertently sets the prophecy in motion. Elodie is the only one who is conscious of her princess status. However, she was fooled by her caretaker and unaware of the existence of her brothers. The story is fast-paced, and the world is accessible and absorbing. The characters are well developed, and their motives are believable. The narrative alternates among the perspectives of the three siblings and it all flows together well. There is quite a bit of violence throughout as well as some gory elements. VERDICT A good start to what will probably be a popular fantasy adventure series.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY

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