Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

August 1, 2019

It was always going to be one of the identical twin sisters, Zadie or Nor, that was going to be chosen in the ceremony to become the next princess, but an accident that left Nor scarred took her out of the running. Or so she thought. Events unfold in unexpected ways, and Nor is soon standing in for her sister, and sent away from her beloved ocean town of Varenia to marry Prince Ceren, whom she quickly learns is cruel, and has anything but her, or Varenia’s best interests at heart.

While I found the story predictable, with little in the way of surprises, I still enjoyed it all the same. The world building, including the maps at the start was fantastic, and I immediately found myself drawn into the world that Mara Rutherford has woven between the pages. I enjoyed the sisterly bond between Nor and Zadie, even if I also found myself strongly disliking Zadie. Instead I preferred the bold, courageous and honour bound Nor. With enough of the story left open at the end, I’m very much looking forward to a sequel. It will be high on my list to read.

4 out of 5 stars.

* This eBook ARC was provided by Harlequin Australia through NetGalley for an honest review.

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