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Summary

In a world filled with fae and sorcerers, the difference between the truth and a lie can be deadly.

As the princess of Magaelor, a dreary kingdom set upon the edge of the map, Winter Mortis is duty-bound to marry the dark fae prince and bridge the centuries-old division between the fae and sorcerers. But fate has other plans.

Before she can make her way to the icy kingdom of dark fae, she's dragged into mer-filled waters and taken to the rival kingdom. Surrounded by those who hate her kind, Winter must navigate the deceivingly beautiful Berovia and find a way home before anyone finds out who she is. However, she discovers that the world beyond her kingdom is far different than she has been taught.

Trapped between duty and her heart, Winter must decide her destiny before the tyrannical king and mysterious fae prince decide for her.

Perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince, delve into this gripping fantasy adventure filled with a morally gray heroine, political scheming, unique magic systems, and unlikely romance. Get your audiobook now.

©2021 Rebecca L. Garcia (P)2022 Rebecca L. Garcia

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A perfect YA romantasy!

I loved this story, the world building was incredible and I can't wait to see more of the world and the various fae in the rest of the series. Highly recommend for fans of romantic fantasy, fae books, enemies to lovers, young adult books with royalty and magic, and betrayal!

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Great Story!!

I really enjoyed this story! I give it a 4.5 It's a fantastic start to the series.
I loved the world building. Right off the bat is an arranged marriage. Winter, our MC ends up in a different rival kingdom for some time. She ends up with other types of people(Fae, Elves, different types of sorcerers) And sees how they live, which is different than she's been taught. Surprisingly makes some friends along the way.
Cedric is such a fun character! Blaise is awesome too. He keeps you on your toes for sure. Winter is kind of a bratty Princess in the beginning but she grows on you as the story unfolds 😊 There's a character that reminds me of Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon A Time. 😈
We've got an invasion, pirates, court intrigue, murder, betrayal, some romance ... all kinds of fun stuff!!
Its a fast paced read. It moves along pretty quickly as she travels.
Winter has an internal battle going on towards the end and I'm here for it! 😏😆
There's also a great glossary and pronunciation guide in the back! 🙌🏼
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"How could you be so stupid as to come alone?” My cheeks heated, stinging the cold from them. “You could have gotten yourself killed... us killed.”
His eyebrows were slightly raised, his lips fighting a smile. “Ah, my beautiful bride-to-be, already scolding me.”
“It’s not funny.”
He smirked, dimpling his cheeks. “I never said it was.”
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"If you’re planning on underestimating me this much when we’re married, then you’ll have a lot of surprises in store.”
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It didn’t feel natural to me, betrayal and war, but it would. Someone had to carry the weight of a kingdom and make the decisions no one else would.
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"Don’t be the hero, love. It doesn’t suit you.”

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Very imaginative

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.
A very enjoyable experience, superb detailing and pleanty of depth, I was taken on an adventure, a journey filled with mystery, danger and all you'd want in a fantasy. the characters are perfectly suited to this very imaginative story. incredibly well written and very easy to get lost in the journey.
The narration is flawless, adding a uniqueness, giving each character life, a personality, and completing the whole experience perfectly.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this YA fantasy to anyone.

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  • Tony and Ruthie
  • 15-05-21

Favorite Fantasy Elements + lots of surprises

I received the audiobook ARC of The Fate of Crowns free of charge from the author, Rebecca L. Garcia. It was my choice to read and review.

I'm reading for the second time, the first time I read it was the ebook. Just like the first time I loved the magic, magical creatures, kingdoms, elves, and fae. I love audiobooks because you can hear the inflections in the character's voices, which I can't do well in my head. So, unlike the first time (ebook), I'm giving the audiobook 5 stars.

The tension was heightened for me in the audiobook experience especially in scenes with Winter + Cedric or Blaise and Winter + her mom or dad or Morgana. The action scenes as well like the one with the merpeople were more intense and gripping to me in the audiobook version. I felt more connected to Winter when listening to the audiobook. The narrator does a great job!

Winter's journey through the book kept me on the edge of my seat and surprised me at every turn. One of my favorite things about a book is when I try to figure out what will happen next in my head and the book takes a totally different direction and that definitely happened when reading this, multiple times.

I'm not an expert on the world yet or the fae but, I'm sure the next book will explore more and give some background to the history of the kingdoms. I flew through it and would have liked it even longer and more world-building and background details.

If you like any of the fantasy elements I mentioned above, I'd recommend reading The Fate of Crowns.

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  • CARLA Sosa
  • 10-05-21

THE AUDIOBOOK IS GREAT!!!!

The narrator did a perfect job at being the voice of Winter!!! The story is great! The characters are great! Can't wait to read the second book!!!

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  • Heidi S.
  • 22-05-22

Great read!

Winter finds herself as heir to the throne of Magaelor after her brother is killed during a battle with Berovia. Her father also arranged her marriage with a dark fae from a kingdom they've long been at war with. In an attempt to bring peace to both kingdoms, Winter agrees to marry him.

There's a lot of back and forth in this book. As soon as something went wrong, Winter was running away to the other kingdom. The emotional, loyal Tug-of-war was kind of a buzzkill for me. Other than that, it was a great read.

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  • April D.
  • 21-01-22

Disorganized and Confusing

My opinion is very different from the other reviews for this one. I was excited to listen to this book because it's been a while since I found a fantasy series that (1) I haven't listened to and (2) focused on the Fae. The Fate of Crowns had all of the right ingredients but in the wrong proportions. I liked the premise of the story and it had a Game of Thrones feel to it. The first chapter grabbed my attention because I thought Garcia was getting right into the action. But it was downhill from there.

The main character was generally un-likable. I understand that we're talking about a 16-year old girl here and that maybe I'm getting too old for YA novels, but she was the whiniest, most ignorant, and spoiled child. She trusted everyone within a day or two of meeting them and then was surprised when she was "betrayed". Whatever that means to her. Her MO seemed to be "Oh no! Something is not perfect about the situation I'm in! I should run away, even though I'm relatively safe and comfortable and I have no plan and nowhere to go." It was hard to like or listen to her.

The story pacing is just weird. I can only compare this to the movie "Inception". There was a scene in the movie where Leo says that when you're in a dream, you don't remember how you got to the place you are...you're just there. That happened so many times in this book I found myself rewinding to see if I missed something. She just kept showing up in places with no lead-up to how she got there or why she was there. There was also a big inconsistency at the end of the book. I actually went to the written text to see if I could find what was missing, but nope. Nothing. It was like putting together a puzzle with at least 5 connecting pieces missing.

This was almost a 10-hour book, but because the author introduced so many characters, and the main character spent relatively little time with each of them, there was no real character development. I can't figure out where the time went, because it wasn't spent on the plot.

I didn't have a huge issue with Stribling's narration. It was just that she paused too long between sentences, adding to the disjointed feel of the whole story.

Overall, I was disappointed. The story had so much potential but was just poorly executed.

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  • Dusty
  • 29-12-21

Enchanting intro to new YA fantasy series

The Fate of Crowns by Rebecca L. Garcia is an enchanting introduction to a new fantasy series and world. If you love stories with the enemies-to-lovers trope, a love triangle, and political intrigue, then this would be a great choice for you. It’s at the young adult level, and I would have no reservations with offering it as a suggestion to readers at that age level and above.

The worldbuilding was magical. I easily imagined myself in all the places that Winter’s journey takes her. Ms. Garcia delivered a lot of fantastical elements, such as sorcerers, fae, mer-creatures, elves, and even a pixie. Fantasy readers like me will definitely enjoy this aspect. The dynamics between the different countries and their rulers were great too and really added to the stakes and political intrigue of the story. As a side note, if you do have the chance to read the novella Ruin. I would highly recommend it. It’s not necessary to enjoy and understand this book, but I do think it adds to the worldbuilding and it explains some of the events that are referenced in the book in greater detail.

There were some issues with the pacing of the story. It felt very inconsistent to me. The book certainly starts off with a bang, but it keeps up a break-neck pace and didn’t provide opportunities where I could pause and absorb what was going on. As a result, certain moments didn’t click until much later in the story (which took away some of the fun). I wanted the pauses and breaks not just for me, but for the characters. For example, there is a major character death that greatly affects Winter in the book. Despite this, the events of the book move on fairly quickly and she never really takes the time to process what happened or mourn properly.

The audiobook narrator, Amanda Stribling, did a great job bringing the story to life. Audiobook narrators provide depth for a story that you just can’t get by reading it in print, and Ms. Stribling certainly delivered. There were a couple of moments when I wanted a bit more feeling (i.e. when Winter is arguing with her father), but overall it was a great performance.

This book does end on a cliffhanger, but the sequel The Princess of Nothing is already out for those who want to immediately jump into the next part of the story. As an extra bonus, it’s available to read for free in eBook format to those with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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  • Kelly Kortright
  • 27-12-21

Amazing job

It was really awesome to hear this story being read. I read the book but hearing it brought to live even more. The narrator did a really good job however chapter 33 she clears her voice slightly. Overall I was very impressed.

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  • LaChelle Funk
  • 09-12-21

The Fate of Crowns

I have heard a lot about this book on TikTok. I had it in my TBR. Then I got a chance to listen to the audio. It was awesome. I loved the story and characters. I kept me entertained through out and wanting more. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Tiffany Long
  • 07-12-21

Page turned

This was amazing. It kept my interest through out. The voice that read the book did an amazing job as well. No pauses and voice changes with the characters were great. Definitely will go on to the next book.

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 22-04-21

The Fate Of Crowns

The Fate of Crowns, Book #1) is a state-of-the-art young adult fantasy novel that is fast paced and highly intriguing you will not be able to stop listening. The world building aspect descriptions and settings are intricately detailed and very vivid. The makeup of the plot of the story is spellbinding. The characters are compelling with complex personalities. The writing style exhuberates a highly creative mind. Mystical creatures, heaps of magic and suspense creating a euphoria of emotions. So excited to listen to the next audio when available. Rebecca L. Garcia is a highly talented fantasy writer that writes stories that are a escape from reality. I have loved everything she has written and this is probably her best work yet.


Narrator Amanda Stribling brings her all in this performance. A impeccable portrayal of Winter and the other characters. Her inflection is smooth and very easy listening. Her tone changes with the characters. She has the ability to bring out all the emotions you feel while listening.

I highly recommend this fantasy series as it takes you away to another world.

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  • Jodi
  • 21-04-21

Everything epic fantasy fans adore

The Fate of Crowns is the first book in a magnificent epic YA fantasy series by Rebecca L. Garcia.
Welcome to the world of Winter Mortis. Winter is princess of Magaelor—a land of sorcerers. She’s been betrothed to a dark fae in the hopes that the sorcerers and fae can finally find peace.
After a series of events in which her brother dies and her father becomes a threat, Winter finds herself on an epic journey that leads her from mer-filled waters and to the rival kingdoms of Berovia, and Niferum. Winter wants to do what it takes to secure her seat on the throne of Magaelor, but in a world where she’s surrounded by secrets—and the people responsible for her brother’s death—it can be hard for a sheltered princess to safely navigate other lands and their people.
The Fate of Crowns has everything fans of epic fantasy adore: princesses, fae (light and dark fae), mer-people, elves, grand adventures, and great risk. Rebecca L Garcia has done an excellent job in crafting an enjoyable adventure and I can’t wait for the next installment.
I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of The Fate of Crowns and the performance was engaging and perfectly captured the character. The pace of the book is quick and it’s an easy and entertaining read.
The Fate of Crowns is available now—and check out book 2 in the series, The Princess of Nothing.

*I received a free audiobook copy of The Fate of Crowns from the author in exchange for an honest review*