Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
Expected publication: August 27th 2019
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.
So much hype! So many high ratings and I finally added this to my TBR today. I have been seeing this book practically everywhere online and I don’t know why it wasn’t already on my TBR, my only thought is because I already thought I’d added it 😛 On looking at the descriptions and reviews I can see this has a lot to offer while at the same time the potential to be similar to many other YA fantasies out there about high fantasy royalty romance etc. There are many other good reviews out there that call this fresh and new as well as an emotional roller coaster. I can see with my TBR I put the mythology inspired fantasies first always, but I know I need to look from time to time for stuff to read while I’m at home… and I cannot believe I just said that, my library TBR is the size of Everest! Anyway, what I’m hoping for with this is a fantasy with world building, twists, originality (hopefully) and suspense, hopefully it will stand out and live up to the hype and all the glowing reviews it has so far received!