Book Review: Solomon's Crown by Natasha Siegel


Title: Solomon's Crown

By: Natasha Siegel

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 352

Release Date: March 14th, 2023

Publisher: Dell

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Two destined rivals fall desperately in love—but the fate of medieval Europe hangs in the balance.

“A pair of thrones between us, and my heart clutched like a rosary within his hands ...”

Twelfth-century Europe. Newly-crowned King Philip of France is determined to restore his nation to its former empire and bring glory to his name. But when his greatest enemy, King Henry of England, threatens to end his reign before it can even begin, Philip is forced to make a precarious alliance with Henry’s volatile son—risking both his throne, and his heart.

Richard, Duke of Aquitaine, never thought he would be King. But when an unexpected tragedy makes him heir to England, he finally has an opportunity to overthrow the father he despises. At first, Philip is a useful tool in his quest for vengeance... until passion and politics collide, and Richard begins to question whether the crown is worth the cost.

When Philip and Richard find themselves staring down an impending war, they must choose between their desire for one another and their grand ambitions. Will their love prevail, if it calls to them from across the battlefield? Teeming with royal intrigue and betrayal, this epic romance reimagines two real-life kings ensnared by an impossible choice: Follow their hearts, or earn their place in history.


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Diving into this read I found the history daunting and lack luster. Although the storyline was filled with interesting characters and moved at a good pace, I had a hard time getting through the first part. It wasn't until the middle of the book that the story really took flight for me and I couldn't put it down. Even though this story started off slow, I really did love how it turned out. Still a good read. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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