Review: The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

The Ring and The Crown - Melissa de la CruzPublisher: Disney-Hyperion (April 1st 2013)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: The Ring and The Crown #1
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Rating: 3(.5sih) of 5 Stars

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.


So The Ring and the Crown is definitely what you would expect from a fantasy(lite) kind of novel. Despite what the synopsis may imply, there are five “main character” POVs, along with a slew of side characters. There is a bit of magic, and a lot of lies, deceptions, and plot twists. There’s romance, and betrayal and …actually, not a whole ton of people dying, so feel free to pick out some favourite characters.

With that many characters, it’s pretty easy to identity with someone. I usually try to refrain from choosing favourite characters in Fantasy series because everyone just dies, but this one wasn’t too bad. Some characters I loved and some I hated. I think I really enjoyed (Prince) Wolf, younger brother of Leopold (who totally reminds me of Wolf of Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet, though a bit more of a smooth talker). He sort of had his of agenda (until everything comes crashing down on everyone, because, remember guys, this is a fantasy series).

The romance in the book to say the least is a tid tad convoluted. I’ll draw you a diagram!

ring crown diagram

Just look at all those broken hearts ):

There’s a few plots going on that all sorta intersect and intertwine. Things are never as they seem. And that’s awesome part of this book. All the deception and scheming set in an historical backdrop of court intrigue. My main problem with this book is it lacks depth to be a truly amazing book. I don’t see any of the characters really have an emotional development, despite their actions forcinh us to make the assumptions.

Overall, it was an entertaining read. There is a lot going on and it’s definitely has the feel of epic fantasy series. The ending wasn’t a cliff hanger, but at this point, it seemed like it might have been better as one? Though it also easy piques my interest for the next book.

{Thanks to Disney-Hyperion & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz”

  1. I’m super curious from all the reviews, it seems to be vague but I think that’s intentional. Sounds like there’s a whole heap of characters out there! Thanks for the great review and the informative graph lol.

    1. It’s definitely heaps of characters, hence the vagueness! haha. Thanks, I’m glad the graph was informative 😉

  2. LOLOLOLOLOL I love your diagram/web of the romance, it is so accurate though. I usually hate books that involve weirdo confusing romance/lust plots, but I actually really liked the presence of the romance web in this book! This book was very Gossip Girl/90210, and I don’t really enjoy reading books like those shows (or watching those shows, for that matter), but I was super intrigued. Probably because I know I would NEVER act like that, I can enjoy the book because everyone is so crazy and strange and it’s funny 😀

    Anyway, I’m glad you also enjoyed this book, even though there were some not-so-great things about it! Fabulous review 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I think the romance web in this was pretty good because it was so intense, right! I’m glad that you still enjoyed it despite it not being your style usually. It’s always a nice surprise!

  3. Haha – looks like a soap opera with all those connections and broken hearts. I’ve been sort of interested in this book, but I still don’t know.

    1. It’s a like daytime fantasy soaps haha.

  4. Great diagram Cyn! I love some good romance, but that is overflowing with confusion- lol. I love the sound of the setting and intrigue so I’m definitely going to keep this one on my tbr list. Thanks for the great review:)

    1. Thanks! Yeah, this was love triangle x 5! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  5. hahaha..oh the diagram slayed me open I laughed so hard I cried. I am not sure this is for me. I am really struggling with YA of late. I am listening to Winner’s Curse and while the world is interesting I find myself looking to listen and read other things. Glad you enjoyed this one Cyn!

  6. I love your diagram and awesome review. I haven’t read this yet but it is near the top of my to be read list!

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