Paste Magazine Pick for Best New YA Books of August 2022
“An addictive, action-packed, scorcher of a read!” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël
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.
The Dominions series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 The Liar’s Crown
Book #2 The Stolen Throne
Great read, so many plot twists that always keep you guessing all the way to the end. I can’t wait until the next book!
Fantastic fantasy story, so glad it is a series. Would love to see it be made into a movie, which is not the normal for me. The description and characters are so vivid! A story of sisters born as twins, born to be queen, only one is a secret and is raised to protect her sister the princess, even at the cost of her life.
The Shadowraith, a man made from the multiple shadows castoffs of the evil king, fights the evil within himself, but there is also a small part that is good. Trying to keep under control all the evil shadows, trying to save his world and the occupants that he has shelter. Needing the help and powers of the princess to save his world from sinking.
The Queen has died and the coronation for the new queen will be under way shortly, of course the double, Meren is going to stand in for her sister the real queen. Her powers are just coming to her, but not her sister as of yet. On the way to the ceremony the Shadowraith grabs the princess, not knowing he has kidnapped the wrong person.
The back and forth dialogue is great between the two, as they have no choice but to work together to fight the evil king and battle the shadows within. The narrator was fantastic, can wait for the next in the series. Thank you NetGalley for this eARC. I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story. #NetGalley #TheLiarsCrown #RBMedia
Epically Wild Ride
So many stars for this epically wild ride. I am going to be honest, I don’t read many YA books, having said that when Abigail Owen is attached, it’s an automatic read for me. I couldn’t read it fast enough, absolutely devoured this book. And as you may have already guessed…I lost a lot of sleep, and could not put it down. As always it was just as amazing as I thought it would be.
Meren is the twin princess that nobody knows about, and is tasked with sacrificing herself to keep her sister the future queen safe at all cost. And when she gets taken instead of her sister, it starts an epic story. Reven gets quite the ornery and sassy handful with Meren when he takes her. And Reven is the intense to keep her in line…or you know try to. Whew, these two, seriously their chemistry is off the charts. The powerful connection between these two was everything, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Just wanted more of them, which also kept me glued to the pages. Their back and forth, with the growing respect they develop for each other, topped off with so much raw chemistry was an intoxicating combination. One that I got completely lost in….for hours.
The storyline was fantastic. It starts out right from the Prologue and goes full force throughout, so many wild twist, and turns. Which is exactly what kept me glued to the book….well that and their chemistry. And every single emotion I could feel, I did, and so intensely. At one point I was crying so hard I couldn’t get it under control…so that kind of intense emotion. Top all that off with these two and their raw chemistry…it’s hard to resist this bit of book crack. More please, I need more nowish. Get lost in this new and addicting world Abigail Owen has created, it was amazing.