When you hear your favorite authors and friends excited about a book, you go request it yourself. And that’s the story of how I found myself on the blog tour for Crown of Coral and Pearl!
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Crown of Coral and Pearl is a story about sisterhood, sacrifice, and rising up to meet challenges we never thought we’d see. Beginning in Varenia where beauty is prize above all else – as it represents the possibility to be picked as the most beautiful maiden. But also a means of family security. Nor has grown up knowing she would not be picked, not only because of her scar, but because her sister Zadie has the inner beauty to see the good in everything.
But when Zadie is injured, Nor has to go in her place. Thrust into a role she never imagined, Nor is forced to not only pretend to be her sister for her own survival, but her home’s survival as well. A story of random twists of fate, of the power of love, and bravery to fight for our future, Crown of Coral and Pearl is about dispelling the way we may have valued ourselves. It becomes a story of manipulation, of politics, and sharks hidden in plain sight.
Crown of Coral and Pearl is a story about our parent’s dreams resting on our shoulders, about being brave and finding the strength to not be what people expect, but what they need. You’ll find yourself rooting for the power of love, Nor’s bravery and strength, and the pursuit of justice.
Prize: Win (1) of (15) copies of CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL by Mara Rutherford (US ONLY)
Starts: 19th August 2019
Ends: 2ndSeptember 2019a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the Author
Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. Her debut YA fantasy, CORAL AND PEARL, will release from Harlequin Teen in Fall 2019.
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