October 24, 2021

#BookReview: Crown of Bones (Amassia #1) by A.K. Wilder

Synopsis: Raise. Your. Phantom.

For fans of epic fantasies and sweeping adventures, this ensemble cast will immerse you in a world of unique magic, breathtaking action and unforgettable characters.

In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare us for what is to come …

A young heir will raise the most powerful phantom in all of Baiseen.

A dangerous High Savant will do anything to control the nine realms.

A mysterious and deadly Mar race will steal children into the sea.

And a handsome guide with far too many secrets will make me fall in love.

My name is Ash. A lowly scribe meant to observe and record. And yet I think I’m destined to surprise us all.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review:  I was so excited for this book but once I actually started I found that this read closer to an adult fantasy than a young adult one. I felt that the story was trying to do too much all at once.  It was a blend of fantasy, magic, high-seas, and romance.  I wished that I would have loved it but sadly that just didn't happen.  I loved the idea of the phantoms, that is magic that was very new and that I hadn't seen before.  The dual POV just didn't work for me. It felt like I was pulled out of the story every time it changed.  

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In a realm of kingdoms full of adventure, intrigue, and romance, the characters central to this story must prevail in order to save their world from the next Great Dying. Told from multiple points of view, the story centers around the evolution of three main characters, Marcus, Ash, and Kaylin. Marcus Adicio, son of the Magistrate, Heir to the Throne, and a green-robed savant from Baiseen, must learn how to work with the powerful warrior savant he raises. Ash, a female Baiseen scribe who accompanies Marcus, writes of his exploits as she believes she has no magical gifts of her own. Kaylin portrays himself as a simple pirate-turned-guide who only has eyes for Ash, but he has an uncanny affinity for mermaids and other creatures of the deep. As the relationships grow between the three characters, savants, and the wider world, the world begins to teeter on the brink of cataclysm. Wilder has created a magical, enthralling world that keeps readers engaged from the first page. Most characters are cued as white and male, apart from Ash, a strong female lead. VERDICT Recommended for fantasy fans, especially those who enjoyed Leigh Bardugo's "Shadow and Bone" trilogy and Rin Chupeco's "The Bone Witch" trilogy.—Susan Catlett, Green Run H.S., Virginia Beach


Editorial Reviews for CROWN OF BONES by A.K. Wilder

"With the perfect combination of adventure, romance (yes, there's romance), and all the mystery that comes with some sweetbetrayal, the kind we hate to love and love to hate. The world buildingand character descriptions were also super unique and out of this world(literally). It almost gave me some Avatar vibes. It's SO Good!"-Ellie's Infinite Books 

"What an adventure! I didn't want to put this book down. I didn't want to miss out on any of this amazingness! I'm sad that it's over with and can't wait for the next book..." -Heidi S., NetGalley

"An intriguing story full of adventure, friendship, and romance with many twists and turns that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more." -P.L., Goodreads

"This was a fabulous debut YA epic fantasy adventure! The worldbuilding was top notch, a vast fantastical world that we've only just been introduced to. I'msuper curious and excited to see even more of the inner depths exploredin coming novels." -Bookworm Coalition

"Crown of Bones is so very different from the average fantasy because it something happening every minute and the world that A.K. Wilder has created is so unique." -Diane, M., Goodreads

"What a rollercoaster ride of a book! I've done nothing but think of it for the past few days and picked it upwhenever I've had chance. This book went from strength to strength. Theplot has an original twist with the savants and their phantoms." -TinyBook Reviews

"The world building in this book is, quite simply, superb." -Splashes Into Books

"A fantastical mix of high-seas adventures, dangerous travels, feuding lands and magic trials, with a dash of romance, a delightful morally grey sailor, and deadly sea creatures that aren'tas extinct as previously thought." -Meigan Z., Goodreads

"A gripping and highly entertaining story that kept me hooked." -Anna G., NetGalley

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