Title: Of Deceit and Snow
Author: Ashley W. Slaughter
Series: The Crowned Chronicles #2
Publication Date: November 8, 2022
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
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A queen trapped in a game of lies.
A king fighting for power.
A magic on the brink of liberty.
Queen Rosemary Avelia has never felt so out of control of her own life. In the kingdom of Tarasyn, she is fighting for her survival, playing to her captor’s wants and desires for a bride—and for her kingdom of Lecevonia. But how long can she keep up her game among the gilded courts of Tarasyn before King Gryffin discovers her ruse?
An awakening of the Peninsula’s ancient magic is on the horizon. Rosemary must choose to stop it—or aid Gryffin in bringing it to fruition.
But first, she must get home.
And she cannot do it alone.
Of Deceit and Snow is the second installment of The Crowned Chronicles, a series following passionate and determined Queen Rosemary as she faces love, reign, the threat of war, and the mystifying world of the Talented.
First, I want to thank the author for sending me an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I read the first book Of Legends and Roses earlier in the year and absolutely loved it. It was a 5-star review for me, so I was really looking forward to continuing on with the series.
Unfortunately, this one suffered from second book syndrome. It was a lot slower paced than the first book and there wasn’t as much action or romance for that matter. I feel like this was more of a filler book which I guess is what we mean when we say second book syndrome. Unlike with the first one I found myself struggling to want to pick this one up because of the slow pace.
Despite my issues with this book, I am still really invested in the story and the characters, and I want to know how everything is going to end. I feel like book 3 is going to be an explosive ending to the series and I can’t wait for it.
I definitely recommend you read this series if you haven’t already because while this book is more of a filler book, I still think it needs to be read because we do get some more backstory.