Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Movement of Crowns (Movement of Crowns #1) by Nadine C. Keels

At the point when kingdoms’ ideas of humanity differ…
The nation of Diachona is celebrating the twentieth birthday and rite of passage for Constance, the Diachonian king’s daughter and heir. Yet, the pause for festivity doesn’t erase collective doubts about Constance’s aspiration for a place with the men on the National Council, nor does it eliminate fears roused by oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire. Amid increasing rumors of war and personal misgivings about her own future, Constance deems this an inopportune time to be falling in love with one Commander Alexander. Will Providence keep them all through international tensions and the changing of times, or is Diachona watching its territory in vain?

The Movement of Crowns is a solid read that I enjoyed, but it did have some good and bad points.  I'll talk about the bad first so that I can push that aside and get to the good stuff, because The Movement of Crowns really is a good novel.  First, is the cover.  I don't want to bash anyone's artistic talent, but if I was browsing in a store for a new book to read, this one is not one I would pick up, simply by the cover.  I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but the barbie doll really needs to go.  Second, the characters need a bit more development.  I love surprises, but not about character development.  When introduced to a character, I like to get a sense of them, and to learn something that would be pivotal to the plot halfway through the book is disenchanting.

Now, to the good stuff! I really enjoyed the plot of The Movement of Crowns.  The world-building is excellent, and I felt that the nation of Diachona was vividly drawn.  Constance is an engaging character who I really liked.  Her plights captivated me.  In a time when women's opinions should be kept to themselves and they were not even imagined to lead anything, I found the yearning in Constance and her path to educate the ignorant applaudable.  Her budding romance is not overly cloying and it was a clean romance, meaning not overly sappy or sizzling erotic - just the kind I enjoy reading.  

Overall, the Movement of Crowns is a splendid historical romance that I relished and I look forward to reading more of Keel's work in the future.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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