ARC Review: Crown of Bones by A.K. Wilder

Thank you so much to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for letting me read Crown of Bones early. Also, happy release day (January 5th) to Crown of Bones! I definitely enjoyed this book, but there were some parts that had me scratching my head- we’ll see if any of those head scratching parts get changed in book 2!

Crown of Bones 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare us for what is to come …

A young heir will raise the most powerful phantom in all of Baiseen.

A dangerous High Savant will do anything to control the nine realms.

A mysterious and deadly Mar race will steal children into the sea.

And a handsome guide with far too many secrets will make me fall in love.

My name is Ash. A lowly scribe meant to observe and record. And yet I think I’m destined to surprise us all.

Let’s start with the things I wasn’t the biggest fan of- I feel like there were so many ideas in the book and so many different storylines/places the story could go that everything didn’t seem like it was fully fleshed out. There were threads I thought the author was going to follow that seemed to just lead to nowhere, which was mildly jarring sometimes. I also got a little distracted by all of the different POVs that the chapters were told in. Besides those two things though, I liked all of the characters a lot. And the magic system was so cool! I love the idea of phantoms and the way you call them and how they’re tied to people. I don’t think the black robes were explained enough (what do they do besides casting the bones? why are they so special? why are people so scared of them?), but that didn’t impact my reading too much. I also really enjoyed the way the book ended- the cliffhanger we were left on makes me want book 2 as soon as possible! Overall, Crown of Bones was a fun and promising read and I fully expect the sequel to be even better!

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