The Crown of Rosemund by Michele Ashman Bell
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Medieval Fiction/Romance
Source: Received to Review
Book Description: Anduron, 1498
The king and queen are dead, murdered by one who will stop at nothing to rule. But the young princess—Rosemund—has survived, spirited deep into the forest by her parents’ most trusted advisor. There, she finds refuge in a small cottage and a new life, one in which she must play a role that will ensure her survival. Soldiers are combing the countryside searching for the lost princess, and they will not rest until she is found—and eliminated.
Rosemund’s strength grows as she trains for battle and endures the hardships and dangers of peasant life. When chance brings Maxwell, a young man from the nearby village, into her life, Rose finds in him an ally and a friend. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, the time has come for Rose to reclaim her birthright, and in a court controlled by a vengeful new ruler, she must play a deadly game of politics in order to seize the throne that is rightfully hers.
My thoughts: Books containing political intrigue have always interested me. This story is set in the 1400s in a fictional kingdom. One man will stop at nothing to obtain the throne. His obstacle is a Princess named Rosemund.
Rosemund was spirited away by her father's loyal advisor, Jacob. Her parents were murdered by a man they should have been able to trust. Jacob takes her away to a remote village and raises her to be a warrior. The catch is that she has to pose as a lad. The danger is always near and one false step would cause their plans to come to naught and allow a villain to rule the country.
Rose undergoes intensive training and is joined by two young men from the village, Maxwell and Ricker. The friendship and camaraderie they share were wonderful. Both believe that they are training with a boy. Their friendship helps propel the story to a satisfactory conclusion.
I enjoyed the story. I loved Rosemund's transformation from victim to Queen. The Crown of Rosemund had a few surprise moments. There were things revealed that I did not see coming. Overall, this is a very satisfying book to read. The main characters are young, it would be appropriate as a young adult book.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.