Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review: The Movement of Crowns by Nadine Keels

The Movement of Crowns (The Movement of Crowns Series Bk 1)
by Nadine Keels
Publisher: Nadine Keels
Published: Sept. 18, 2012

Amazon Synopsis:

At the point when kingdoms’ ideas of humanity differ… 

The nation of Diachona is celebrating the twentieth birthday and rite of passage for Constance, the Diachonian king’s daughter and heir. Yet, the pause for festivity doesn’t erase collective doubts about Constance’s aspiration for a place with the men on the National Council, nor does it eliminate fears roused by oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire. Amid increasing rumors of war and personal misgivings about her own future, Constance deems this an inopportune time to be falling in love with one Commander Alexander. Will Providence keep them all through international tensions and the changing of times, or is Diachona watching its territory in vain?

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 My Thoughts:

King Matthias of the kingdom Diachona and his wife have been childless for 10 years until his wife finally bears him an heir. The servants report was brought to him with both joy and empathetic resignation because the child was a girl.

The story picks up again 20 years later when Constance is getting ready to have her 20th birthday celebration and she officially becomes a royal junior, ready to take on royal duties. Against the wishes of many on the king's council, Constance becomes a Junior council member (she is after all, a woman!) and council members are only men of 30 years or more of age.

Diachona has allies and enemy nations around it as most countries do. Politics and political intrigue form the basis of the plot. Add in some clean romance and you have a delightful story with a strong female character lead with a good head on her shoulders.

There are twists in the plot along the way that may surprise you. I found myself empathizing with Constance at various points in the story. With the future of her kingdom at stake, for example, how can she possibly entertain the thought of falling in love? Yet, all the same, despite everything, she is!

I especially enjoyed the interaction between King Matthias and Constance and his reassurance to her that he didn't regret that she was not a boy. Providence (God) had provided him with what he needed and he was content.

I very much enjoyed the blending together of war, romance and politics. I rated this book 5 stars out of 5. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series!

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Nadine. A French name, meaning, "hope." 

Spreading hope to her readers and listening audiences, author, editor, and speaker Nadine C. Keels of Seattle, Washington is well-known for The Song of Nadine, the powerful lyrical poetry seen in four of her several books and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written a number of novels and novellas, including Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series. In response to inquiries from other aspiring authors, Nadine put together a simple reference entitled Write Your Genius, Genius! A Rather Quick Guide to Book Writing. Being the founder of Prismatic Prospects, a communication company based in Seattle, Nadine has served as editor and co-editor for a number of titles, and it is her aim to be a proven wellspring of inspiration for creativity and innovation in the marketplace.

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