The Ring & the Crown

The Ring & the Crown

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Magic is power, and power is magic...
Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a formidable castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.
Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.
As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d'Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth.
But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family's position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires.
Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn't even want Leopold-she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry.
When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.
"This character-driven novel has fabulous balls, glitzy gowns, and plenty of drama and plot twists, making it hard to put down." -School Library Journal
"The historical fantasy has it all: preening royalty, a touch of magic, and dramatic betrayal. What's not to love?" -Teen Vogue
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 144 x 216 x 32mm | 567g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1423157427
  • 9781423157427
  • 276,772

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3Q 3P S Marie-Victoria, princess and heir to the Franco-British Empire, is expected to marry Prince Leopold of Prussia to cement the truce between their warring nations. He seems perfect to everyone, but Marie remembers him from childhood as a bully, and he is worse as an adult. She prefers Gill, one of her guards. Aelwyn is the bastard daughter of one-thousand-year-old Merlin, who is the power behind the throne. Aelwyn is destined to serve Marie as her mage, although they were brought up almost as sisters. Isabelle of France, engaged to Leopold from birth, is forced to release him so he can make the political match. He continues to use her for sex even after their engagement is ended, in spite of her protests. Ronan Astor from New York has come to London to find a rich husband to repair the family fortunes. On the journey, she falls in love with Wolf, Leopold's brother, masquerading as a commoner. She turns down his proposal, not realizing that he is everything she is looking for. The cast of characters and their intertwining relationships are complicated, but de la Cruz focuses each chapter on a different character, which helps to keep them straight. The intrigue and plots in the royal court change these relationships in unexpected ways, and the end will surprise readers. This book will appeal to historical romance readers, more than to sword-and-sorcery fantasy readers.-Deborah L. Dubois. VOYA"
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About Melissa de La Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.
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