The Crown of Oaths and Curses - Book Review

Published 10 Jul 2023
by Anca Antoci

Title: The Crown of Oaths and Curses
Author: J. Bree
Released: 27.05.2023
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Our review:
3.50 (read)

I'm going to start this review by saying I really wanted to love this book and had such high hopes for this story based on the blurb. I mean, the blurb really sold it and I love a good enemies-to lovers fantasy. 

If you’re a fan of “The Cruel Prince” and enjoy the dynamic between Cardan and Jude, then J. Bree’s “The Crown of Oaths and Curses” might just pique your interest. However, before delving into this review, it’s important to note that my initial experience with “The Cruel Prince” left me unconvinced, although subsequent books in the trilogy managed to win me over.

One of the central questions that arise while reading this book is whether it truly fits the enemies-to-lovers trope. The enemies part is undeniably well-written, to the point where it becomes difficult to envision the characters together. There’s a distinct absence of angst and tension that would typically make readers think there is a chance for them as a couple. Personally, I struggled to find any redeeming qualities in Soren, the male lead.

Although classified as a fantasy romance, the novel lacks genuine romance. Rooke and Soren undoubtedly feel a magnetic pull toward each other, but it remains largely undeveloped. There are no moments of intimacy, no substantial exploration of their true selves, and certainly no palpable sexual tension. It would have been gratifying to witness inklings of the forthcoming romance and witness Soren struggle in a more relatable manner. Unfortunately, his unwavering arrogance and hatred persist throughout the entire narrative.

While the enemies-to-lovers premise is present, the lack of romantic development, the frustratingly biased portrayal of the male lead, and the occasionally sluggish pacing hinder the overall reading experience. However, the intriguing world of fates, the well-crafted side characters, and the author’s engaging writing style contribute to making this book an enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, addition to the fantasy genre.

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