Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Review: The Crow Queen (Eagles and Crows #2) by Melanie Karsak @MelanieKarsak

The Crow Queen

Eagles and Crows #2

by Melanie Karsak

Published: December 5, 2023

Publisher: Clockpunk Press

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Fiction, Celtic History


A queen at war.

A love woven by the gods.

The looming shadow of darkness to come.

Britain, AD 38, When destiny crowns Cartimandua queen of the Brigantes, she inherits not just the rule of her ancient tribe but an imminent war. Seeking to take advantage of the upheaval amongst the Brigantes, the Parisii tribe strikes.

Cartimandua’s enemies soon discover the new Brigantes queen wears a crown of thorns and talons. Carti has no time to waste on petty squabbles. The Cailleach whispers of a looming threat from the south. Wielding ruthless strategy and strength, Cartimandua acts quickly to secure her hold on the north before an even worse darkness descends.

But even amongst the shadows, there’s a ray of light. Her new alliance with the Votadini tribe finds her engaged to the enigmatic Prince Cormag. Their bond offers a glimmer of hope for a bright future. Yet, as they carve out a life together, Carti cannot escape the echo of an old love.

To navigate the darkness looming on the horizon, Cartimandua must hold onto her throne and her heart with an iron grip. Can she protect her tribe and family from the rising storm?

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak comes The Crow Queen, depicting the life of Celtic Queen Cartimandua of the Brigantes during the second Roman invasion.

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My Review:

Carti is crowned queen and war is brewing. Carti vows to be the best queen she can be for her people. She will stand for them at any time no matter what the cost to herself may be. She vows to always do what is best for the crown.

With war brewing Carti must make some very hard decisions if she is going to keep her people and the crown safe. Being queen is a hard job indeed. I can’t imagine all the decisions and the turmoil Carti must face day after day. The things she must do and endure for her people.

I couldn’t imagine having to marry the best person for the crown and not the person she may be in love with. She must always follow her head and not her heart. Her life is no longer hers to do with as she wishes.

But she did make this choice and I would stand behind her every step of the way. I mean it's her life and her choice. We all make the same kind of choices every day even if we are not aware of it or believe it to be true.

I enjoyed reading The Crow Queen just as much or better than I did The Blackthorn Queen book one in the Eagles and Crows series. I loved all the history and fighting. The battles kept me glued to the pages wondering how they were all going to turn out.

The Crow Queen kept me on the edge of my seat, heart pounding wondering, and waiting as I raced to the end to see who was going to come out on top. The characters kept me racing to the end as I witnessed battle after battle. I was rooting for Carti hoping everything was going to end in her favor.

The descriptions were so vividly written I had no trouble whatsoever seeing it all play out in my head as if I were watching a movie. I would truly like to see the Eagles and Crows series made into a movie or a TV show.

I would recommend The Crow Queen to anyone who likes a good historical romance story! Grab a copy of The Crow Queen today!

Be sure and check out all the books in the Eagles and Crows Series

The Blackthorn Queen #1




The Crow Queen #2




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