Hulllooo dearies. Happy Friday. May just flew by, literally. I’m feeling so sad right now but well, we have to keep going. I hope everyone is doing well.
After many months, I’ve finally read The book 2 of Crowns of Croswald. Phew! I’m stunned right now. Have you read the book 1? If you haven’t, please do. You’ll be amazed by it. You can also check out my review for book 1 here.
Title: The Girl With The Whispering Shadow
Author: D. E. Night
Publisher: Stories Untold LLC
Release Date: January 23, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness…
Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment of the Moonsday promise, she is whisked away from her beloved school to Belzebuthe, a secret town for only those with magical blood.
Ivy sets out on a mission to uncover the second facet of the Kindred Stone while eluding the Dark Queen’s wrath. But even when she’s supposed to be safe, something is shadowing Ivy. She will need all her natural-born magic and more as she battles to find the rest of the Kindred Stone and return to the Halls of Ivy.
Before it’s too late…
After reading the book 1 last year I couldn’t wait to dive into Ivy Lovely’s world again. Massive thanks to Netgalley, D. E. Night and Stories Untold Publishers for this ARC copy. I was hyper when my request was accepted. 📚
The 1st book is actually one of my favorite Fantasies and I couldn’t wait to see what this one is all about. 🙌
It’s an instant continuation from book 1, so i didn’t have trouble understanding it. Ivy Lovely in this book is more matured, strong, now that she knows she has queenly blood and dedicated more than ever to save her country because she is their only salvation. 👑
There is an amazing world building here, the characters pretty much the same but with more secrets to unfold. Here we see Derwin Night in the flesh! He’s back at the Halls as a professor and we even get to see a glimpse of him in a major trip back to when he was a child. 💜
The chapters moved steadily, there was more action and definitely more magic. Like the 1st book, it gave me major Harry Potter-ish vibes, which is simply incredible! I love Fantasies about students investigating mysteries about their school. 😍
Each chapter is carefully written, with precise details of everything. It was like watching a movie! An incredible fantasy movie, that is. ✨
Some of my fav characters were Fyn, who is going into his final year, the sassy Rebecca and goofy Glistle, who are all part of the Quill Club members who play an important part in the book, and humor us with their hilarious dialogues.🌟
The mysterious Belzabuthe only added more intrigue into the setting. Many questions filled my mind about it. Where is it? How did it become invisible? Soon enough, all my questions were answered. I love the view of the city, so magical and calm.
I could live there forever!
And let’s not forget the Dark Queen. Woah. She’s a real villain. A mastermind with an evil heart. Capable of creating unimaginable things including shadows just to mess with other people’s brains. Just thinking of her makes me shudder.
I was sorta hoping the selector would be a hypocrite and actually be on the Dark Queen’s side for real. Especially after the Gretta saga. But apparently, she’s legit. Just doing her job. And besides, I think the Dark Queen is still alive, probably nursing her wounds somewhere. Far away, I hope. I also wanted Fyn and Ivy to be official! They’re so cute together and totally deserve each other. Lastly, I hoped dearly for some drama to occur at the end of the book, where Ivy dumped the stones in the forgotten room.
Well, after going through this emotional roller coaster ride, I sincerely hope Author D. E. Night surprises us with another book in this series. It cannot be over. Pleasssse!
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