REVIEW by EN Blake: The Hollow Crown by Diana Pharaoh Francis

The fourth exciting installment in the tumultuous world of Crosspointe 

After the murders of the king and queen, the island empire of Crosspointe is on the verge of chaos. The ruthless Lord Chancellor has taken the throne and made slaves of most of the royal family. Now, in order to sabe the country they love, the king’s heirs are determined to rally whatever allies they have left and overthrow the Lord Chancellor- before the Jutras invade.










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About the Book

The Hollow Crown
by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Crosspointe Book Four

Historical Fantasy
Romantic Fantasy


Publication Date
June 1, 2010

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EN’s Review

The Hollow Crown was a great book, and an amazing continuation of the Crosspointe Chronicles. Margaret and Nicholas made a great couple with enjoyable on-page chemistry. The strong motivation each were given to achieve their aims, and the tension caused when this drove them into conflict was a highlight of the novel. Keros and Ellyn worked well as supporting characters, and their interactions never seemed unrealistic or forced.

Margaret was a strong, unconventional, interesting and thoroughly believable heroine. Her relationship with Nicholas was fun to read, and his gradual acceptance of her character and the implications of this, and the realisation this caused about his past actions was a highlight of The Hollow Crown.

The conclusion of this novel was unexpected and well-written, and the developments in the latter portion of the book should be enough to keep the most jaded fantasy fan interested. The Hollow Crown worked well both as an instalment in the Crosspointe Chronicles and as a stand alone novel, though this book came a lot closer to becoming a romance novel than the preceding books did.

The combination of Margaret and Nicholas’s witty banter and strong character development was reminiscent of an Ilona Andrews novel—particularly The Edge novels and the Hidden Legacy series. Keros’s arc in this novel was closer to a character from Anne Bishop’s Dark Jewels series, and was an amazing addition to this novel and has compelling implications for any future instalments in the series. Anyone who enjoys well written magic systems and politics in their alternate world fantasy would love The Hollow Crown.

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