Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#30): The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz


Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Status: The Ring and the Crown #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.

I was actually at Chapters a couple weeks ago, and saw this book and I really wanted to buy it! The problem? I had only $20, and if you live in Canada, you know very well buying books in store is actually the most expensive thing ever. Literally every book we get is about $2-3 more than a US copy.

I really want to read this book. I actually requested the ARC at NetGalley but was denied. I really want to read this book because I love stories about Princesses being badassed, and I love the historical aspect being spun around. And the cover is gorgeous!
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