I received this book for free from the Publisher, Purchased. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Liar’s Crown by Abigail Owen
Narrator: Samara Naeymi, Luis Moreno
Series: Dominion #1
Published by Entagled Teen, Recorded Books on August 30, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
Length: 13 hours 59 minutes
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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Some shadows protect you...others will kill you in this dazzling new fantasy series from award-winning author Abigail Owen.
Everything about my life is a lie. As a hidden twin princess, born second, I have only one purpose—to sacrifice my life for my sister if death comes for her. I’ve been living under the guise of a poor, obscure girl of no standing, slipping into the palace and into the role of the true princess when danger is present.
Now the queen is dead and the ageless King Eidolon has sent my sister a gift—an eerily familiar gift—and a proposal to wed. I don’t trust him, so I do what I was born to do and secretly take her place on the eve of the coronation. Which is why, when a figure made of shadow kidnaps the new queen, he gets me by mistake.
As I try to escape, all the lies start to unravel. And not just my lies. The Shadowraith who took me has secrets of his own. He struggles to contain the shadows he wields—other faces, identities that threaten my very life.
Winter is at the walls. Darkness is looming. And the only way to save my sister and our dominion is to kill Eidolon...and the Shadowraith who has stolen my heart.
I really enjoyed this book! Meren is a princess but her twin sister is meant to be Queen. She has lived her life hidden to fill in for her sister if things get dangerous or she is needed. She has lived her entire life as a backup to her sister but she is finally in the position to act and she is ready. I was mesmerized by her journey in this story and couldn’t wait to see how things would work out.
Meren is kidnapped just before her sister is to be crowned as Queen. She soon warms up to her kidnapper and they work together against a common enemy. Her kidnapper, Reven, is a Shadowraith made of shadows and Meren has her own abilities. I liked Meren and Reven and thought their personalities meshed perfectly. The story was incredibly exciting and I found the book nearly impossible to set aside because I just had to know what happened next.
I listened to the audiobook and thought that the narrators did a wonderful job with this story. The bulk of this story was narrated by Samara Naeymi with Luis Moreno adding just a piece at the very end of the book. I thought that the narrator did a great job with the various character voices and I liked the way she was able to add some emotion to her reading. I definitely feel like the narration of this book added to my enjoyment of the story.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very well-done fantasy with fantastic world-building. I loved the characters, the magic, and the romance. This book does leave some issues unresolved so I am eager to get my hands on the next book just as soon as possible.
I received a review copy of this book from Entangled Teen and purchased a copy of the audiobook.