Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with crowns!! Yes, we’re back on scavenger hunts ― and I’m happy to say these are the last lot until next year.
Crowns are very symbolic of books about royalty… but also surprisingly dominant on books where they overthrow the monarchy. Particularly fantasy novels!! I had no trouble with this week’s topic (thankfully, because I am late again), and I hope everyone else also had a relatively easy week!!
Also, I have now (finally) finished the project job that I have been doing for the last 6 weeks, so I’m in catch up mode. I’m also in long weekend mode as I’m taking a couple of extra days off in lieu of all the extra hours I have been doing.
top 5 books with crowns
Glass Sword — Victoria Aveyard
All four (and a half) novels in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard have crowns on the covers. In fact, if I was really stuck, I could have made a whole top 5 books with crowns just by using these books!!
Glass Sword is the second book in the series. But it’s my favourite crown. I think it’s because it has a dagger in the middle of it. That is a badass crown. But also super pretty. And I do love a pretty crown.
I still haven’t finished this series. I really only have War Storm left. And Broken Crown, if you count that one too. But I haven’t read anything since around the time King’s Cage came out. Partly because I was so disappointed with it, but also because I’ve realised dystopian books aren’t for me. I just don’t enjoy them as much as I used to.
Ash Princess — Laura Sebastian
The crown on the cover of Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian is the opposite of the one on Glass Sword. While also having weird similarities.
I’m not entirely sure if the middle spike is meant to look like a dagger (sword?) but it does to me. (Also, you won’t see these duplicated in sword week. I’ve got so many books with swords on the cover I could do a 1op 20.) And the crystal vs glass is the other similarity. But this crown is more raw, uncut style than the polished version above.
I’ve (still) not actually read this trilogy — despite owning all three books. I’m good like that. This series has been recommended to me a bunch of times though… I should probably get onto it soon!
Four Dead Queens — Astrid Scholte
Four crowns for Four Dead Queens… I kind of love how they’re just piled up like they were just thrown in a discarded heap. With a little bit of blood on the ground as well. Nothing ominous about this one at all, friends… 👀 😳
This another one that I haven’t read yet. In fact, I haven’t read anything by Scholte yet. Which is bad. So what I know about it is minimal. I think it might be some kind of YA fantasy murder mystery? Maybe? Does that sound right to anyone who has read it?
But more importantly for today, lots of crowns. I was trying to pick my favourite of them, and I think it’s the one at the bottom in the centre. And then the one above it. I’m not really a ‘jewel in crown’ person.
Kingdom of the Feared — Kerri Maniscalco
Speaking of crowns without jewels, have you seen the cover for Kingdom of the Feared yet?! I love it. I’ve preordered my copy, and I’m so excited to read it. I just want its release date to hurry up!!
The Kingdom of the Wicked trilogy by Kerri Maniscalco is a YA fantasy trilogy, with sub-genres of murder mystery and romance. And the cliffhanger at the end of Kingdom of the Cursed almost killed me. Like, WHAT SORT OF TIMING IS THAT, MS MANISCALCO?! Rude.
One of the things that I love about it is that Maniscalco has turned the seven deadly sins into the Princes of Hell. I really love when authors take something from folklore (yes, I’m referring to Christianity as folklore) and makes it something else.
The Wicked King — Holly Black
I am fully aware that The Wicked King is the second book in the Folk of the Air series. And I am also aware that the same crown is on every cover. However, since this is about crowns, I went for the cover where the crown was the most dominant image. On the other two books it’s more about the branches and the snake.
Also, did we really think that we would get through a post on crowns without having a Holly Black book?! If I can’t have Maggie, then you can bet I’ll have a Holly.
The Folk of the Air series is a YA urban fantasy series about a fae prince who tries to be as bad as everyone thinks he is, and a human girl who promises to be worse. There’s lots of stabbing and trickery, with an undercurrent of romance. I disagree about this being a bully romance, but I’m sure that I will be shouted at by someone for this view.
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The Pine-Scented Chronicles
Peat Long’s Blog
The Key Smash Blog
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