The Movement of Crowns

The Movement of Crowns

by Nadine C. Keels


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First in the Movement of Crowns series.

Is it the perfect or the worst time for the kingdom to...change?

The nation of Diachona rejoices as the king's daughter and heir, Constance, turns twenty. Yet, not everyone approves of Constance's desire to sit on the National Council: a Council run solely by men.

What's more, oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire are rousing the people's fears. Amid rumors of war and personal doubts about her future, Constance suspects that her growing love for one Commander Alexander may be ill-timed. Especially if this is the end of the kingdom as they know it...

This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history in a completely fictional world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484935521
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Movement of Crowns , #1
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Nadine. A French name, meaning, "hope."
With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

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The Movement of Crowns 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Movement of Crowns (Volume 1) by Nadine C. Keels is a story set in a mythical background. The story revolves around Princess Constance and the era when kings and queens ruled the nation. The nation of Diachona is getting ready to celebrate the twentieth birthday of Princess Constance. There are many men in the National Council vying for the crown while the princess is the rightful heir. There are threats of attack from the neighboring empire which is very powerful. It is at that moment that the princess falls in love with Commander Alexander. This is a historical romance with all the central characters being portrayed very well by the author, especially Constance. Her strength and depth of character is very believable. Overall, the author's characterization and development of plot are noteworthy. The story takes you on a trip to a faraway land and the descriptions are detailed and interesting. The skepticism of the elders that women cannot be given the power to rule a land is also part of the story, which gives a twist to the romance. The story is enjoyable, with all its sub-plots and characters who ably support the main characters. I loved the fact that a woman dominates the story with her strength of character and power. The author has done an excellent job by blending a love angle with history, war, and power. The themes just flow into each other without sounding forced or being distracting for the reader.
InterestedFictionReader 12 months ago
I received a complimentary copy of the trilogy Movement of Crowns to review. This first book was the most difficult to get through. I felt that the opening was hard to understand and didn't flow well. However, after I got past the first section, I was hooked. The characters became real to me and I longed to know them more. There were still sections that I felt needed polish, explanation, or just didn't flow as easily as I thought they could. Overall, I thought the story was fresh, had unique elements, and provided an escape to a different world. However, I wish it started stronger and was a bit clearer in its introduction to the way things worked in Diachona. If I had not been asked for an honest review, I probably would not have continued reading through the first section, which is why I gave it 2 stars.
KriisGaia More than 1 year ago
The first book in a three book series, The Movement of Crowns is an epic fantasy set in the kingdom of Diachona. The story follows the royal family from the birth of the new heir. A patriarchal society, Diachona has never been without a male heir before. But after years of failed attempts, finally, the king and queen are blessed with a daughter. Over the years she grows to be a strong independent woman, traveling to neighboring kingdoms, learning their languages and customs. The book begins with her birth and jumps to her 20th birthday celebration. Traditionally the heir is made a “Junior“ in their 20th year and takes a spot on the council. Constance will be the first Princess to take such a position. I found that the characters were richly developed and easy to like. The story development was smooth and natural, providing a richness of detail without overwhelming the reader. Although part of a three book series, this is an excellent story even as a standalone. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review. See the review of the full series at LnkToMi iRead.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a well written descriptive book.  The author vividly paints the picture for you and you can visualize the entire story.  The characters are relatable and everything that occurred had a realistic vibe to it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**reviewed for Round Table Book Reviews** 3.5 stars Nadine Keels did a good job creating Diachona. She gave it an old-time feel, bringing back kings and queens. Constance is an only child and princess of Diachona. Being the only heir, she has high aspirations to prove that a woman can rule. She's willing to do whatever it takes to prove everyone wrong. As if having to wonder if she will be accepted into the council isn't enough, she's also come of ago where it's time to find a suitor. There are many options, but only one man that she truly loves. All of this, along with the threat of war. Although I'm not a huge fan of novellas, once I got into this book, I needed to know what happened next. With all of the plot twists that take place, you'll enjoy the ride through this mythical land. I do believe that anyone can enjoy this book, but feel that the younger audience will truly love it.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
The mythical land in which this story takes place is quite well developed.  I could visualise it throughout and wanted to go there, were I a man of course.  I couldn’t help but picture the scenery and the world as a whole.  Keels’ descriptions were well put together and fit very well with the flow of the story.   I found the characters in this novel to be quite superficial.  Not only in personality, but in development as well.  Because of this they were next to impossible to identify with making it hard to get into the story.  That said, I really love the fact that a woman was standing up in a male dominated world, with those men close to her for support.  It was quite heart-warming.   Overall, I had quite mixed feelings on this book.  There were times when I was really starting to get into it and was enjoying it and others where I found myself rather lost and afloat.  I wanted to like it more but had a hard time getting into the story as a whole.    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
This short book shares quite a story... Since I read only a few books each year using the Kindle App on my laptop I kind of figured I would start this book and leisurely read it while doing other things. Yep, that was the plan. Didn't quite work out that way though. Instead I started it in the afternoon and finished that night. This book had a way of pulling you in... maybe it was a little bit of magic... The Movement Of Crowns is a lovely cross-stitch of threads. It is not only a sweet love story, but also a nice piece of political fiction, and the story of a princess growing up and finding her place. The story flows smoothly; some events are expected but there are also some surprises. In many ways a simple but very enjoyable story, it is perfect for a relaxing evening. The royal family of Diachona is amazing! After a family tragedy the Queen falls into a state of unawareness, taking no part in what goes on around her. Not only does the King still love and care for his wife but he refuses to put her away and find another one. Constance, also, frequently visits her mother and talks to her, hoping that she may some day rejoin palace life. I really enjoyed the interaction between the King and Constance. He is loving, supportive, and does his best to prepare her for future role. The King wants what is best for his daughter and his kingdom as well. She, in turn, not only listens to and respects him but does her best to live up to the example he has set. There is much to admire in the heroine. Constance simply wishes to do what is right for her kingdom, her family, and herself, pretty much in that order. She is intelligent, educated, and wants to use that to better the kingdom, even if the Council isn't quite ready for her take on a role traditionally held by a prince. She is kind and lovely, catching the eye of more than one suitor in this story. So, if you like to sit down for a couple of hours and finish a good story. If you like a book that isn't quite traditional fantasy. If you like story that isn't overtly Christian but teaches Biblical principals and a love of family. Well, The Movement Of Crowns just might be the book for you. This reader is looking forward to sometime reading the next book, The Movement Of Rings. (I received an E-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own)