I was glancing through Netgalley when I came across Castles In Their Bones by Laura Sebastian. I had never heard of her before but I thought the cover of this book was beautiful. The synopsis also sounded like something I would love so I requested the book for review. I was accepted and started it immediately. I DO really like this YA fantasy but I think there’s some aspects of it that could have been better. I’ll get into that, though, after the synopsis. This review will be spoiler free.
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Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.
Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.
The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.
Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?
- Rating- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Heat Level- 🔥
If I’m being truly honest, I think this book is a three star read. I’m choosing to give it four stars, however, because it is the first book of a series and I was really into it after the 60% point. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like everything before that point but it was just more on the dull side.
There are three main characters and four kingdoms so that requires A LOT of world building. I really appreciated that Sebastain didn’t do a ton of info dumping, which is something often seen in YA fantasy. She provides the information about the characters and the world in a very natural way but it led to a lot of telling and not showing; basically, a ton of conversations between characters with little true action.
This book was also slightly confusing at times because of the multiple POVs. The sisters, Sophronia, Daphne and Beatriz, all have their own voice but it took me until about halfway through the story to really be able to tell them apart. Sophronia and Beatriz especially were much too similar, in my opinion.
However, I loved everything else about this book. There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Each character had their own agenda and some of the things they did were very surprising. As I said above, the world building was really well done and I especially liked the star magic. It’s a unique magic system that gives the story a strong fairytale vibe. There wasn’t much romance but it’s clear that this book was laying the groundwork for some really interesting future relationships. Overall, Castles In Their Bones is a great book and I can’t wait to read the rest in the series.
This book won’t be available until February 1st 2022 but I recommend checking it out then. I think it’s a solid start to a fantasy series. I’d love to know if this sounds like one you’d enjoy! Thanks for reading and have a great day!