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Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (ARC Review)

Title: Lost Crow Conspiracy
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Published: March 27, 2018

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world.

Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, content and grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas’s blood sacrifice to the disarm the spell would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can’t solve everything on her own. Now there’s only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she’d never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.

– My Review –

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This does not happen very often with me at all, but I really liked the middle of this series (assuming that this will be a trilogy?) more than the first book! Gasp. I know! I understand that the first book had the responsibility of creating the base for the story, and explaining the world to us readers. But I also think that the characters have matured since book one, which is something that I took note of and appreciated. I can’t go into more detail about that, or a few other things because of spoilers, but I can say that there were a number of factors that lead to my enjoying this book more than Blood Rose Rebellion! For my detailed thoughts about the world (culture, history, fashion, etc.) since I don’t want to repeat myself in this review, here is my review for book one.

A few things that I can talk about, that played a part in why I enjoyed this book, are that a good part of it took place in Vienna (one of my favourite cities, even though I haven’t been back there since I was a child), I think that the author’s writing matured along with the characters, and that the same amount of thought and effort went into researching historical events and the effectiveness of how Eves used them in this series. I was also happy that some of my questions from book one were answered in book two. Of course, Lost Crow Conspiracy made me as a whole bunch of other questions, and I’m eager to have those answered in the next book. I also feel quite attached to a few of the characters, as well as the story, and want to see how both of these things will develop in the next portion! I will definitely be reading the next book!

– About the Author –


Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle. She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works. Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary. Her first novel, Blood Rose Rebellion, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, is out now from Knopf/Random House. Her second, Lost Crow Conspiracy, comes out March 27, 2018.

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