Review: Crown of Coral and Pearl
Title: Crown or Coral and Pearl
Series: Crown of Coral and Pearl #1
Author: Mara Rutherford
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine… Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land. Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave. In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
My Review: This book was fantastic. It had everything you could possibly want from a fantasy story including adventure, high stakes, romance, intrigue and a creepy villain that you can’t quite figure out. The idea of a village that is built in the ocean was so interesting to me. I loved the way it was described and found myself wishing I could visit Varenia. Nor was a fantastic main character, never appearing weak or helpless and never wavering from her love for her home and people. I liked her immediately and that only grew as I read on. I also found the myths and legends of the people in the book to be interesting. Basically I loved this book and think that you should read it too!
*I received this book from Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review*