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Book Review – Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShane

Book Review – Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShaneServant of the Crown by Melissa McShane
Series: The Crown of Tremontane #1
Published by Night Harbor Publishing on July 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 405
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Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life—until she’s summoned to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Tremontane’s mother for six months. Even the prospect of access to the Royal Library doesn’t seem enough to make up for her sacrifice, but Alison is prepared to do her service to the Crown. What she’s not prepared for is Prince Anthony North, Queen Zara’s playboy brother, who’s accustomed to getting what he wants—including the Countess of Waxwold.
When the fallout from an unfortunate public encounter throws the two of them together, Alison has no interest in becoming the Prince’s next conquest. But as the weeks pass, Alison discovers there’s more to Anthony than she—or he—realized, and their dislike becomes friendship, and then something more—until disaster drives Alison away, swearing never to return.
Then Alison is summoned by the Queen again, this time to serve as Royal Librarian. A threat to Tremontane’s government, with her treasured Library at stake, draws Alison into the conflict…and into contact with Anthony once more. Can they work together to save the Royal Library and Tremontane? And can she open her heart to love again?

Allison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold is summoned from her quiet book publishing life to attend the Queen’s mother as a lady in waiting. She begrudgingly goes to fill her duty. Her first night out she’s caught in a dramatic public embarrassment with the crown prince. To soothe public impropriety the queen mandates that Allison and the Prince go out on a public weekly outing. A great friendship grows along with Allison’s affection for the library. After a hurtful interaction with the prince, Allison returns home.  They find out it is being poorly mismanaged and Allison is summoned back. This becomes the catalyst, bringing the kingdom to the brink of political upheaval. Will Allison be able to protect that what she loves and find out who she can really trust?

The Pearls –  What drew me to this book was the cover. Then I read the summary and I love fantasies that have to do with royalty. This book fulfilled all the greatest hopes I could have in such a fantasy. I am a huge fan of the Selection series and if you like those you will like this book too.

The tone of the book was regal and rugged. It had some steampunk elements to it, which I found pleasant. Though this was a civilized society, the political system was a thin shroud to some barbaric and antiquated traditions. It had an amazing political sub-plot that I am not usually interested in.

The book had great congruency, yet there did seem to be a couple of different periods of time within the book. Withing these periods of time, the plotline was plentiful and diverse so the reader never loses interest.

It was a truly great read. I highly recommend it.

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Melissa McShane

Melissa grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.

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