Review: Rider of the Crown

Rider of the CrownRider of the Crown by Melissa McShane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


While you do not have to read the Crown of Tremontane books in order I do think it helps. Rider of the Crown takes place about 20 years after the events in Servant of the Crown, featuring new main characters, but I did get to see some great cameos from favorites from the first. Rider is more of an action adventure book with a strong romance where Servant was a stronger romance with a political adventure subline. I think both appeal to readers who love any of these aspects. Both books share strong but flawed female leads who begin the book feeling like they know the course they want for their lives and then discovering they can be so much more.

Rider features Imogen, a Kirkellan warrior, whose goal in life is to become the warleader of her people. When her mother brokers a peace treaty Imogen’s life changes all at once and she finds herself among enemies. I really love Imogen. I like that she’s not physically perfect, but that she’s happy with who she is. And I like seeing her growing through her time with the Ruskalders and then as she breaks away and joins the forces in Tremontane.

It’s nice to see Tremontane through the eyes of an outsider as that makes some of the world building stronger than it was in the first book. Through Imogen we learn more about devices and we are introduced more fully to not only the culture of Tremontane but the surrounding countries and Tremontane’s place in the bigger world.

I also really love Jeffrey. I enjoy seeing the parts of him which are influenced by his parents, but without him being a duplicate of Anthony or Alison. He is firmly his own man and a good foil and Imogen. And that’s all I can say about that without getting spoilery.

There are certainly flaws in the book but I find I get swept away in the story to the point they don’t pull me out of the narrative unless I sit there and LOOK for trouble. For me that’s a sign of a really good book/story as I can critique and pull apart with the best of them, but my favorites invite me to sink in and just enjoy.

So all in all, I’m thrilled to come back to Tremontane. Three readings later I’m still enjoying it and can’t wait to have the whole series on my shelves.

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