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Crown of Secrets (The Hidden Mage Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08GZKX64M
- Publisher : Luminant Publications (5 October 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 5399 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,261 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top review from India
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I do want to highlight that I made a lot of notes in my kindle while reading the book. And some of the observations were as follows:-
1. It makes no sense for equally-sized kingdoms to try to conquer the other when both nations are equally matched in power and mages. And it makes even less sense for that war to stretch on for 30 years, wasting resources and manpower.
But then again, USA did the same in the Vietnam Wars until the Washington Post released the Pentagon Papers, which highlighted that higher-ups knew they should recall the American troops but their ego wouldn't allow them to admit they made a mistake, and so to cover up, they just kept sending more and more soldiers to a death trap. So I guess, there is real-world precedent in this dumbassery.
Nevertheless, for a nation as smart as Ardann, it makes no sense for them to take down the border wall just 20 years after the war ended! Especially when Kallorway's king hasn't made any overt attempts to be peaceful.
2. Prince Darius is not a very well-developed character. He just felt very cardboard-y to me with his rigid demeanor and weird mannerisms.
He made a few diplomatic mistakes as well.
You do not barge into someone's private room without knocking. Especially when you are using a secret tapestry door. It's bad manners.
You do not stop dancing midway with the princess of a neighboring country at her goodwill ball just because you feel it was a strategic misstep in front of your country's powerful people. No matter who you might have offended, you have now opened yourself up to potentially offending the foreign princess as well. Not a good move!
Also, can we talk about his red flag behaviors?
I mean the guy is an obvious control freak. And I was really offended when he told Verene that to mistrust his brother is to mistrust him. As if she does not have the right to her opinions and intelligent observations. In fact, when he pulled away from her in the end because of this, and Verene was beating herself up over it, I really smacked my face. This is how abusive relationships begin. You start second-guessing your intelligence and actions because you want to please the other person.
3. I liked the way Verene's character was developed though. And her ability is really cool.
Having said that, the only times I got annoyed with her were places where it felt the author was forcing this character to act a certain way just so she can spice up the romance between her and Darius.
Other than that, I found Verene really intelligent and creative at solving problems. She also has a lot of patience and foresight. Plus, it was refreshing to see a character whose entire existence was not wrapped around how she felt about the crown prince.
All in all, I think 3.5 is not bad for a first book. I hope the remaining books in the series continue building up the momentum.