Thursday, December 26, 2013

Melissa De La Cruz Goes With Royalty Magic In New Novel The Ring and the Crown

I haven't read any of Melissa de la Cruz's books. But I like her, not only because of her Filipino heritage, but I came to enjoy the TV adaptation of her novel series, Witches of East End. I can't deny that I've been wanting to buy her books for quite sometime now -- who would scorn a New York Times bestseller? -- but my OC tendencies prevent me from buying them if I couldn't have them all together in hardbound.

One of her upcoming novels is The Ring and the Crown... We go back to ancient times and forget the modern world interspersed with magic -- the common scenario that de la Cruz always play around. Put magic and classic period together and we got this for a juicy read.

Isn't this new cover of The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De la Cruz really nice?

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De la Cruz


Magic is power, and power is magic...

Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.

As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d'Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth.

But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family's position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires.

Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn't even want Leopold-she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry.

When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De la Cruz will fly to bookshelves on April 1, 2014.