Thursday 12 May 2022

Book Review: Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle & Katherine Webber

Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber book cover

Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to return to the place of her parents’ murder and usurp the only survivor, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Or she would, if only a certain palace guard wasn’t quite so distractingly attractive, and if her reckless magic didn’t have a habit of causing trouble…

Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility. Marriage into a brutal kingdom awaits, and she will not let a small matter like waking up in the middle of the desert in the company of an extremely impertinent (and handsome) kidnapper get in the way of her royal duty. But life outside the palace walls is wilder and more beautiful than she ever imagined, and the witches she has long feared might turn out to be the family she never knew she was missing.

Two sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better. But as coronation day looms closer and they each strive to claim their birthright, the sinister Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne, becomes increasingly determined that neither will succeed. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?

Twin Crowns is the first instalment in an exciting new Young Adult fantasy series. 

This is the high-stakes tale of two princesses separated at birth. On the surface, Wren and Rose seem to be complete opposites, but as they face challenges and begin to learn more about each other, it soon transpires that the sisters have more in common than they first imagined. 

Wren is a witch, trained by her strict grandmother to one day steal back the throne from the sister she's never met. Wren is no stranger to roughing it, yet pretending to be a princess proves to be an entirely different challenge! 

Rose is sheltered and pampered, groomed from birth in matters of etiquette and diplomacy. Negotiating an advantageous marriage proposal is second nature to Rose, but finding herself on the run and surrounded by forbidden witchcraft is a giant leap outside her comfort zone.

Equally wrong-footed by the situations they find themselves facing, Wren and Rose must work together to salvage their kingdom, avoid detection, and overcome the looming threat of the Kingsbreath. 

This is a great story that combines elements of action, romance, and humour, all underpinned by the gorgeous fantasy world that the characters inhabit. It's beautifully written and sets the scene excellently for the next book in the series - which of course, I can't wait to get my hands on!

Rating: 4 stars

Twin Crowns is available to buy now.

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