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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
In The Crown of Rosemund by Michele Ashman Bell, in Anduron, 1498, the King and Queen have been murdered. All is not lost for the royal family as young Princess Rosemund has been taken deep into the forest for safety. With soldiers on the lookout, the Princess must adapt to a new role so that she survives with her life. The young Princess makes a trusted friend in a young man named Maxwell, who helps her as she grows up and trains for what will come, even as she lives a peasant’s life. When she turns 16, the young Princess will need all of her wits about her to overcome the evil ruler who has usurped her birthright.
I love a good story where a strong young woman has to overcome and adapt. The Crown of Rosemund delivers in this adventure. Rose may be a Princess but she learns early on that nothing is going to just be handed to her and her life is in danger simply by being who she was born to be. She does not give up the fight and must enter into a dangerous game at such a tender age. This is certainly the type of book with events that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Every page holds a different moment of bated breath and adventure. Royal intrigues are some of the best. This is a well-written young adult book and fits firmly within that realm. However, I find this to be a fantastic read for an adult as well. If you are a reader who likes a strong female lead, danger, intrigue, and royal courts, you will get all of it in this excellent tale of adventure.