Title: The Kingdom’s Crown
Author: Kathryn Moon
Pub. Date: December 29, 2020
Pub: Kindle Direct Publishing
Genre: RH Fantasy Romance
The path to power never did run smooth…
Princess Bryony and her Chosen have been challenged, threatened, and attacked, but it’s news from the capital that lands the hardest blow.
Bryony’s greatest ally is at risk, and if she loses her grandmother’s support she may lose the crown as well. Returning to the capital introduces new enemies and dangers, as well as painful memories. Her grandmother is dying, her sister is feasting on flesh and wasting magic in the shadows, and the Queen is hiding from the ugly truths of Kimmery.
With her patience at its end and her Chosen gathered close, it’s time for Bryony to break the grip the council has on the kingdom, forge new alliances, and learn the depth of her own magic.
The kingdom’s crown will be hers, even if claiming it comes with painful sacrifice.
This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. This one is bittersweet, because it’s the end of an amazing trilogy. I need more. I want more. I loved the epilogue at the end – seriously, I’ll take some slice of life content please. If you want to check out my spoiler free reviews for The Queen’s Line and The Princess’s Chosen you can do that – here and here.
I’m sitting here trying to think about what I want to say about this book, but the wanting of more just hit me hard.
I went into this series not really expecting anything. I definitely didn’t expect to fall in love with it. I didn’t expect for it to become a new favorite. I just want to scream at you to read it – because honestly, it’s so good. I truly couldn’t have asked for a better ending to a series – except for maybe for it to not have ended at all.
I could honestly read about these characters for forever. And like, a spin off series, next generation? Fuck yes. I’d inhale it.
Y’all I’m just going to have to re-read the books.
Bryony has all her men at this point, and while I have my favorite, it’s honestly hard to choose – the benefits of RH books amirite LOL. They’re all so wonderful in their own ways. I love that Bryony and her Chosen kind of break the mold with what’s been done. And that ending scene – it might have been an epilogue – it’s been over a week since I finished this, so I don’t quite remember…but that scene! My heart! Like I said, give me slice of life, day to day, the happily ever after shit that you know Bryony and her Chosen get to live out.
There was one element that I didn’t necessarily love in this book – it felt a little unnecessary. It does add an interesting element, but I just didn’t think it was needed. It felt a little performative on Bryony’s part. Leading up to this element I was really put off. I really didn’t want it to happen, I kept hoping that her magic wouldn’t let it. Once it did happen, I wasn’t so bothered, but I really didn’t think it was necessary. It kind of fell into Bryony is the “Chosen One” which was a trope that didn’t really apply prior. And by that, I mean, like of course that happens/she chooses to let it happen. Because what’s one more amazing thing that can be added to her personality. Personally, I wasn’t much of a fan, but it didn’t ruin the book in any way. It was definitely an interesting added element and provided some cute, funny and really satisfying moments.
Going on this journey with Bryony was so great. She really is just this incredibly fascinating character. From where she starts to where she ends – honestly, I’m so impressed. The story never fell short, the character development was fantastic. This was a great conclusion overall, and it only leaves you desperate for more, because you fall so hard for the characters. The story is wrapped up so well and on a happy note. It has everything you could want and once again, the spice isn’t sacrificed for plot, or vice versa.