The Crowns Of Croswald

The Crowns Of Croswald

by D.E. Night

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The Crowns Of Croswald by D.E. Night

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157568481
Publisher: Stories Untold
Publication date: 07/21/2017
Series: The Croswald Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 1 MB

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The Crowns Of Croswald 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
RgBooktrovert 8 months ago
I think this was a wonderful middle grade debut and I highly recommend it! Rating: 5 Stars! Recommendation: For fans of magic schools and little dragons ages 8 and up FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
otherdeb 8 months ago
Okay, first things first. I was contacted and asked if I would read and review this book. I agreed, with the usual proviso that my review would be honest, and not influenced by the fact that I was given the copy. That said, it was enjoyable. It started a bit slowly, and I had figured out the plot twist long before the author revealed it, but that did not make the book less enjoyable. The story revolves around a young woman with a secret. A kitchen maid, she still somehow gets invited to join the country's most prestigious school to learn to be a scrivener. Being bright and inquisitive, as well as poor, she has some trouble fitting into her new surroundings. She also has a very potent enemy, who has been searching for her for all of her life and develops two very close friendships, one male, and one female. The similarities to Harry Potter will, I think, make the book resonate with its target audience, which I believe is YA. There are enough differences, however, that those similarities do not detract from the story. I further note that I am now awaiting the next book in the series since the ending of this book sets up the heroine's next quest.
iiEmerald :P 8 months ago
owned, reviewed [edit] The Crowns of Croswald CHERISHED IT: 5 STARS - I got this book for an honest review, and here it is: I loved this book. The fantasy element of this book was amazing, and it felt so real. I REALLY hope there's a second book, considering the book ending on a cliffhanger. The book always kept me on the edge of my seat and there was always a new plot twist in every few chapters. I predicted that Ivy was a part of... and that's why the Dark Queen noticed her when she first entered the school. Even though we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, the cover of this book was beautiful, and I liked the feel of it. If Night makes the second book, I'll be the first in line to read it! I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, mystery, or a subtle key of romance, because there was romance in this book, and I shipped the two characters the minute they met. They seemed like a perfect fit/couple at first glance. I also liked Rebecca, as she was a loyal best friend who stayed by Ivy's side the entire time, even when things were forgotten and Ivy seemed like she was crazy, Rebecca trusted Ivy's gut feeling. I also liked Fyn, because he always wanted to protect Ivy, no matter in what way. I hope I convinced some of you to read this book because it is a real page-turner!
vanhookcIA 9 months ago
Is the castle in her dreams real? Who is the man standing in the castle...These are Ivy’s dreams. She is an overworked little servant, an orphan, tending to work animals and helping with endless cooking chores. She sleeps in a dirty dungeon with the animals. Sketching her dreams, talking with her beastly friends, and visiting Rimbrick on the hillside, an ancient woods dwarf, are her greatest joys. One day, Rimbrick warns her to leave home immediately. After a rough departure, she arrives to a land of enchantment. Follow Ivy as she is given the opportunity to attend the Halls of Ivy, a boarding school for students wishing to master their magical bloodlines and jewels and fine tune their given talents. Ivy often gets in a heap of trouble, but she is brave and confident, inquisitive, and a good problem solver. Who at the school will help her and who wishes to do her harm? Learn the secrets of a wonderful lineage of Queens in Croswald and see what must be done to continue this bloodline to save their land from evil. The book is fast paced and will leave readers wanting more! The magical experiments and accidents in the classroom, throughout the school grounds, and in the world of Croswald will keep readers on the edge of their seats! Ivy’s magic is the kind powerful enough to be sensed, but by whom? This is a 'girl power' story delivered to readers in a world of fantasy.
ofbooksandbibliophiles 10 months ago
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a small publishing company known as Stories Untold Press. I was offered a copy of The Crowns of Croswald for an honest review. First, I would like to say a big Thank You to Stories Untold Press for reaching out to me and sending the book, as well as to D.E. Night who signed and personalized it! This was my first time being contacted by a publisher or author to review a book, and it means the world to me. Now, on to the important part. The review! I found the Crowns of Croswald (CoC) a bit difficult to get through, if I'm being honest. Admittedly, this may be due to the fact that CoC is a middle grade book and it has been quite some time since I've actually sat down to read one of these. The writing is, as to be expected of a middle grade book, simple and accessible to readers of a variety of ages. I have gotten so used to the challenge of books meant for an older audience that it took me a while to adjust to the simplistic writing of this novel. Ivy Lovely is, as one may expect, your typical middle grade book heroine. A young girl who has been kept in the dark her whole life about some big secret that then comes about and changes everything for her. It forces her to go on an adventure and become a heroine of a world she was once ignorant too- or at least partially ignorant to, in this case. It is a common enough trope in literature. Here, however, I must admit that it felt a bit more stale than in other books. Perhaps that is because the parallels this book has to Harry Potter make it feel as though it is at times a weak fanfiction rewrite of the series where an author attempts to put themselves in the role of the hero instead of the main character. This is what bothered me the most about this book. That as well as the fact that the main character's name is Ivy and the school is called The Halls of Ivy. It is at once both uncreative and smacking you over the head with the fact that clearly Ivy is going to have something major to do with this ficitional magical school. My issues aside, the book isn't that bad. It is a simple middle grade read that has action and adventure. Once you move past the obvious Harry Potter sampling, it is an entertaining read that will grip younger readers in the way that HP gripped me when I was that age. You have your heroine, the unlikely best friend, the strange and mysterious love interest, the all knowing and protective adult figure, and the bad guy. All of which come together to create a story that, with the exception of a few jarring jumps, flows well within it's narrative. I would certainly recommend this book for children who are interested in reading, yet not quite read for the daunting task that is reading the entire Harry Potter series. I would not, however, recommend this book for anyone over the age of 12 that has read Harry Potter- as it will simply seem like a strange retelling of the series and likely be a bit difficult to get through due to the nature of the writing. So, for me, this book definitely gets a 3/5 stars. It is not a bad book, but it is a book that will stay in my read pile without a re-read; and the jury is out on whether or not I will go through the effort of finishing this series as it's published.
Angelica Mora More than 1 year ago
4/5 stars ⭐️ ********** Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. A debut novel by D.E. Night comes the first story of 16-year old Ivy Lovely. Hidden away as a scaldrony maid in a mundane castle surrounded by slurry fields where she spends her time sketching and meeting with her dwarf friend, Rimbrick and dreams of life outside the castle. But when Ivy is fired from her job due to a mishap with a sick scaldron (easily described as small dragons), she is kicked out of the castle with the aforementioned scaldron and quickly finds herself crossing an enchanted boundary and awakens her sleeping powers. Ivy eventually ends up at the Halls of Ivy, a magic school with a unique magic system between royals and laymen who are known as scribes. When Ivy’s life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she uncovers her own history and must save Croswald before all is lost. Night gives us a unique magic system and an adventurous middle-grade fantasy that can easily be compared to Harry Potter. While there are a lot of aspects of this story that are undeniably similar, this story stands on its own and became a fun and easy read. That being said, a LOT is covered in this book and I can only assume because of this, we do not get to learn more about our characters or even the day-to-day activities of being a student at the Halls of Ivy and I still have a lot of questions. But! I can relish in the fact that there will be more books to come and you can bet I will be reading them all! Ivy is a great MC to follow along side this story, her friend Rebecca is totally the BFF you want on your side, and Fyn is the adorable sidekick/love interest. I can only hope that we can get more Humboldt (her pet scaldron) in future books. I normally wouldn’t talk about formatting, but the actual physical book is gorgeous! The cover and back cover have such beautiful art, the chapter titles have the cutest bits of art, even the font is adorable! Seriously! I love the font of this book! I’m so happy it can join my shelf collection. In short, I am recommending this for any middle-grade reader fans. I can easily see this being the start of a fun and sweet series to help keep me young! ********** review can be found on RoamingReader.net
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fantasy lover I'm always looking for the next great place to escape to. Take me to Croswald! I read this book so fast and I cannot wait for the next one.I was hooked on this book from the very beginning & I couldn't put it down. I almost read it in one day! It's full of adventure, mystery & magic. Great world building & characters, I especially liked all the magical beasts. I was reminded of Harry Potter, Howl's Moving Castle & many other fairytales but all wrapped up in a new package. Highly recommended to fantasy lovers, I think you'll fall in love with Ivy too!
iamcaryn More than 1 year ago
D. E. Night has written a beautifully inventive debut novel. What a great book to open up a series! Night's imaginative world is captivating and it's the type of book that, being a middle grade story, can be enjoyable for children and adults alike. I can see parents being just as eager to read the story as their kids. Ivy is sweet and slightly mischievous, so she makes for an excellent protagonist. Overall, I found the story to be fast-paced and enjoyable. While not without its faults (I would have liked a few plot points to have been more fleshed out, mainly Winsome) I would still recommend this story to any one who needs a bit more magic and fun in their lives! The climax and conclusion really were the standout parts of the book, and I'm ANXIOUSLY awaiting the release of book 2. So that alone should be enough to tell you how much I enjoyed this. I have to have to HAVE TO know what happens next!!! Night really knows how to write and how to write well. But I'm hoping the next book will have the scenes feel a bit more vivid and fluid. And a big thank you to the author for providing me this book in exchange for an honest review.
BookibleLecter More than 1 year ago
First off this cover is absolutely amazing!! I had honestly never heard of this book before the Author messaged me offering a book in exchange for an honest review. I am SO SO glad I was one of the people she reached out to because this book is MAGICAL♥♥!! The book is a Middle Grade/YA blend but I think anyone of any age can really enjoy this book. It was reminiscent of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts for me with plenty of its own unique world building and enchantment! The characters are charming and quirky as is the magic system and school. The Crowns of Croswald is one of my favorite reads of the year so far! I absolutely cannot wait to read the second book and if you have not read it yet then I suggest you do so, otherwise you are missing out! I give The Crowns of Croswald 5 Stars.
KJGamache More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for an escape from reality then The Crowns of Croswald is the perfect book to get lost in! I was hooked from the very first pages! Author D.E. Night creates an amazing world of magic and adventure. This is a fast-paced story that keeps the reader wanting to turn the page! The book is about a young girl named Ivy, who thought she was forever doomed to spend her life tending to the fire-breathing scaldrons at Castle Plum. Little does she know that her entire world is about to turn on its axis! Ivy finds herself at the Halls of Ivy…a school for magic…and what’s more…she discovers that she herself can do magic! This is the perfect middle-grade fiction novel for lovers of magic, mystery, princes and princesses, and adventure. The pages are full of mystical creatures, secret rooms, and lots of twists and turns. I am hoping that D.E. Night is planning a sequel because I am not done with Ivy’s story! I didn’t want the book to end…there is so much more I want to know…and I think there is so much more that IVY wants to know as well!! This is a great one…go grab it! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
Miguel-A More than 1 year ago
Are you a fan of Harry Potter and everything magical? If so, then you'll enjoy The Crowns of Croswald, this book absolutely fantastic. D.E> Night's debut novel, The Crowns of Croswald, is a beautifully written magical, fan stay story that had me on the verge of my seat! Her writing was so unique in my opinion, she moves the story in the right direction. Really everything about this story is very intriguing, it comes to life with a snap of the finger!The world building was well developed, as were the characters. Fyn, had to be one of my favorite characters. The Crowns of Croswald was a quick read for me, which made me enjoy it even more! It's a light and fun magical YA book to pick up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Crowns of Croswald was an absolutely fantastic book. The world building was well developed, as were the characters. Fyn, had to be one of my favorite characters. The Crowns of Croswald was a quick read for me, which made me enjoy it even more! It's a light and fun magical YA book to pick up.
blueyedbooks More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I honestly have so many fantastic feelings about this! When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it! Magical powers, magical school, magical creatures and friends who help her along the way definitely give you Harry Potter vibes in all the right ways! You’re following a young girl named Ivy who discovers she’s not just an mundane who she was brought up to be, she lived in a world where she was aware of magical powers but never thought she had any of her own. I had so much fun reading this and discovering all the magic she is surrounded by as Ivy discovers it all herself. I felt like I could easily put myself in her shoes. When she turns 16 she finds out she has something special about her and gets to attend the Halls of Ivy which is a magical school of Scrivener's and Royals. The moment she arrives, weird things start to happen where she discovers more about her past, her magic and how important she really is. The threat regarding the Dark Queen gives you the feeling of nervous-ness and worry throughout the entire book because you never know when she will come around. The teachers were all fascinating in their own way as you discover little bits about them and I absolutely loved her friends that she became close to. Fyn was just a really nice friend who you could sense a feeling of more than friends but it was never the main focus of the book which is what I liked because it’s so much more about the magic inside the story that captures your attention. Her friend Rebecca was someone who I could easily be friends with and I would really appreciate her company. All in all, I really enjoyed this story, I loved the magical powers, the creatures, the unexpected feelings I had throughout reading it and how I couldn’t predict what was going to happen after each page that I turned. I can’t wait for the next book! I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy something that gives you Harry Potter feelings and just magic all together. It was very exciting and a beautifully written!
Sammi_P More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars. Ivy Lovely is only a scurry servant girl, dreaming of castles, magic and adventure, until she is whisked off to the Halls of Ivy, a magical school where all that she has dreamed of is possible. I had been eyeing this book, and was very eager to read it for myself. The start of the book was a lot like Harry Potter, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. It had its own uniqueness, being a very well created world with many intriguing creatures and places. As the book progressed, I was more and more engrossed in it. The story was unpredictable, and I was constantly in anticipation, one of the many joys of reading this book. Ivy is such a lovely character. Hence the name Ivy Lovely *wink*. Okay I’m sorry. But really, she was courageous, kind and caring, and the reader is introduced to her on a personal level right from the start. The other characters all had such wonderfully crafted and extraordinary personalities. Fyn and the Selector I found especially mysterious and intriguing as I read, and was curious to know more about them. I also love the idea of Scrivenists, it’s so unique – photographic memory, sketching and using magic quills? That’s practically all I’ve wished for my whole life! The one minor thing was that throughout the book there was a lot of information coming at the reader. Whilst this wasn’t that much of a problem for me, I did have to flick back a few times just to get a better grasp of understanding. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend this novel to any middle-grade fans. It is a perfect mix of light heartedness and adventure. I am anticipating the next part of Ivy’s adventure. *I would like to thank D.E. Night for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review*
TheBookNookBlog More than 1 year ago
Growing up as a scullery maid, Ivy Lovely has dreamed of something more for as long as she can remember. One day she is swept away to the Halls of Ivy, a school for those gifted with magic from their royal bloodlines and the unique gems of Croswald. As Ivy learns to use and control the power within her, she is forced to unravel her own history. The dreaded Dark Queen seeks to capture the Ivy's magic for herself by taking her life. Ivy must solve the mystery of her past -and quickly- in order to save all of Croswald. (D.E. Night provided me with an ARC of "The Crowns of Croswald" in exchange for my honest review.) "The Crowns of Croswald" is a must read for Harry Potter lovers! D.E. Night's imagination creates a magical experience that wisps the reader away into a world where they can experience the excitement of attending a school filled with mysteries and adventures. One of my favorite items that is unique to "The Crowns of Croswald" is the glanagerie bottle, which transports a person into a scenario created by the owner of the bottle. Each bottle contains a place and time that is exclusive to that bottle alone. Ivy's experience with a glanagerie bottle is the key to unraveling the book's story. If you love wizards, witches, dragons, and magic, this is a book that you won't want to miss!
sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
Magical and Mesmerizing! D.E. Night’s debut novel, The Crowns of Croswald, is a beautifully written fantasy story full of exciting adventure, magical creatures, and engaging characters. While some parts felt familiar and reminiscent of Harry Potter, I thought the author does wonderfully at creating a world that is different and a story that is unique in its own magnificent way. The description of the world in this book is just amazing – breathtakingly rich and so detailed that I felt like I was in Croswald myself. I don’t want to give you more than that because you need to experience it for yourself… But even if I did, I just don’t think there are enough words to describe how beautiful the world is… Just know that Croswald is whimsical, fascinating and undeniably one of the most magical places I’ve ever been to. Night’s writing is gorgeous and captivating. She creates just enough intrigue and mystery to pull you in until you’re completely drawn to the story and the characters. I was absolutely entertained and mesmerized that I didn’t even realize when I was almost done with the book. The plot is fast-paced, thrilling and filled with fun surprises and hilarious mishaps that kept me turning the pages. I love the characters in this book. They’re quirky, witty and full of spunk. I adore Ivy with all my heart and can’t wait to find out more about her and her friends. While this book is written for the middle-age group, I definitely think anyone who loves adventure and magic would enjoy it. I most certainly did! Full of charming creatures, magical potions, secret doors, enchanted objects, delicious pies, badass characters, and a crazy evil villain, Night without a doubt has crafted one marvelous adventure for readers of all ages. Her writing is impressive and moving. The world building is exquisite and enchanting. The story is creative, intriguing and comes to life so effortlessly. The Crowns of Croswald is such a fun delightful debut novel. I cannot wait to continue Ivy’s adventure and be part of this world again. If you’re looking for a fantastic exciting new series, then I absolutely recommend you pick this up ASAP. I’m positive you’ll enjoy this book and gobble it up like a delicious blueberry pie. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews: sincerelykarenjo.wordpress.com
Holyman18 More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely FANTASTIC!! I loved every minute of it. It was magical and whimsical and so much fun to read. I loved this world and the characters and the way everything was crafted. I can't wait for the next book!!
NovelReality More than 1 year ago
D.E. Night sent me a copy of her debut novel The Crowns of Croswald for review and let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. Prepare to start off this book with a lot of questions and leave it with many more. This book has a really great pace and I never got bored. I would recommend it to all ages. If you enjoy the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson series this is the book for you! The Crowns of Croswald is centered around an orphan teenager named Ivy Lovely who discovers she has magical powers. This is a beautiful rags to riches story full of whimsy. What I really enjoyed the most about this book is how vividly I could picture this enchanting world. D.E. has a very melodic writing style that had me falling into this world and not wanting to resurface. I truly care for the characters in this book, most especially Ivy, Fyn, and Rebecca. Croswald is quite different from other magical worlds. I would love to get into the minds of the Hairies and learn more about them. They are so intriguing! The Dark Queen and the Cloaked Brood were truly frightening and I can't wait to find out more about these mysterious villains. I also enjoyed the professors at the Halls of Ivy. Ivory Lucky was very interesting to try to imagine... I hope someone draws a picture of her soon. I feel a bit uneasy with the Selector and feel that she is still hiding many secrets. One character that always had me smiling was Winsome. He played such a pivotal role in Ivy's first year at The Halls of Ivy and was so much fun. Now back to the creatures... Humboldt the dragon was hilarious! I swear, that dragon was like a spoiled lap dog by the end of the book. I wanted to drag him out of the book and take him home to feed him pies. Another creature I adored was the Shorehorse. I really hope we get to see it in the next book because it was incredible. I just feel like we'll be seeing it again. As everything unfolded at the end and much was revealed, I was devastated when I realized I'd finished the story. I did not want this book to end! In conclusion, I give this book five stars! This is exactly my kind of story and I will be on the lookout for the second book.
SweetMarie-83 More than 1 year ago
The Crowns of Croswald is a fun, fresh fantasy from debut author DE Night. Despite some similarities to Harry Potter, Night has managed to take the familiar ‘orphaned child sent to magical boarding school, destined for greatness’ premise and create a different, compelling world. Sixteen-year-old Ivy has lived her entire life shut away as a servant for a royal family, with only a pack of scaldrons (dragons, whose job it is to cook food in their mouths) and a dwarf who turns up occasionally as companions. When she turns sixteen, an accident in the kitchen gets her thrown out of the castle, but she soon finds herself on her way to Croswald and the Halls of Ivy, where she’s set to learn to be a scrivenist, a magical record keeper. I loved the world of Croswald and the Halls of Ivy, the concept of magic and the roles of magical people, the magical creatures, and of course Ivy herself. She was strong, smart, brave, impetuous, and curious, and it was so much fun following along on her adventures. With lots of action and magical antics, plenty of mystery to keep you guessing, and a great cast of characters, The Crowns of Croswald is sure to be a hit with fans of fantasy. If you’re a teacher/parent/guardian who’s looking for something new and fun for your tween or teen, make sure to pick up Crowns of Croswald. Ivy is sixteen, which automatically made my mind go ‘this is YA’ but it reads like a Middle Grade book, so I think it’ll have wide appeal, regardless of the readers’ age. I can’t wait to continue on with this series and see what’s next for Ivy and her friends.
a_bookworms_nook More than 1 year ago
Now for those of you who have heard about this book, it is very entertaining. I have also heard it be described as a Harry Potter, Cinderella; like a story. And where I do see elements of that in this book. In my option, it was very much so different and its own book. Yes, there is a boarding school that Ivy goes too, that sounds like what happened to Harry, but like I said there are similarities but this book holds it own. Now that we have gotten that out of the way I really want to talk about this book. The world and the Magic system are very interesting to me as a reader. The world was set back in what I would call a more so medieval setting, where there are castles and dragons and so on. But it wasn't so that we in the modern time could not relate. Ivy was a character who had a lot of spunk to her as well as a heart. I don't want to go into to much detail at this moment cause this book does not come out till July 21st, but if you like ya fantasy this is a book for you. And it's going to feel like home because the story and the characters are so inviting. But also you will be intrigued by the magic system and the plot that you won't even realize that you are getting close to the end of the book. I know for myself I can't wait for the next installment of this series, I adore Ivy and all the characters and can't wait to learn more about them. So here are some links you can check out to go get yourself a pre-order of this book. And if you have read it and agree with me Comment below. Barnes and Nobles Amazon Oh now before I wrap up here, I need to say a special thank you to  D. E. Night for being kind enough to send me a copy of her book early. It has made my month of May a good one, I love the characters and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next. As well as now I am going to go and try and make a Glanagerie bottle for myself cause those are amazing!