Welcome to The Awakening of Ren Crown Tour! Today as part of the tour, I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you on the first book in the Ren Crown Series! Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win some great prizes including an Amazon Gift Card, Special Edition poster and coloring book and pens!
I had a feeling I would enjoy this book and I wasn’t disappointed. The Awakening of Ren Crown was an incredibly refreshing enjoyable fantasy with a complex, well thought out , detailed world and magic system.
The worldbuilding is detailed and intricate and very creative and I had to slow my reading down so as to absorb all the details and nuances. The author has crafted such an imaginative magical system including the cost of using said magic and disposing of magical waste!. As a result, this is not a book you race through even though you would want to. I loved its complexity and the way there is a lovely mash-up of science with magic and tons of magical creatures. I also loved that most of it took place in a boarding school, Ecelsine University, because of the various interactions which takes place. Some of the teachers are dubious for sure.
The main character as well as the supporting charactes are well developed and interesting. I even loved the main antagonist. They all have different talents and Ren’s ability was especially cool. I love Ren’s character; her detemination, resilience and intelligence. She is determined resurrect her brother and damn if she doesn’t go all out; racking up offences and ending up in so many sticky situations. She never gives up though and is quite creative in getting out of these; I just love her spunk!
The pacing is fast, the storyline is immersive and there is never a dull moment as we watch Ren try to learn all she can about her magic and how she can use it to achieve her goal. I also loved all the cool gadgets which she gets to use. The Awakening of Ren Crown was a dream to read, an absolute action-packed adventure, with its descriptive worldbuilding, incredible writing, cool magic system and multi-faceted characters. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.
Devastated by the loss of her twin–and consumed by the realization that magic actually exists–art student Ren Crown illegally enrolls in a fantastical university determined to bring her brother back to life. But caught in a time of war, and as a mage with abilities that both sides want to harness and use, Ren finds herself an unwitting pawn in a larger game.
Needing to hide from those who wish to enslave her, Ren gambles everything on her determination to succeed, putting herself in plain sight of those who could capture her. Constantly needing to figure out who to trust–a cold, powerful roommate, a genius magical engineer, the most powerful combat mage of their age, a mysterious muse, a cunning and brilliant tactician, a charming terrorist, an influential politician, or the voice of her brother…the hardest thing may be trusting her own heart.
Barely surviving her first term at college, all Ren wants to do over break is relax and bond with her roommate—not get eaten by a sentient building or attacked on the street. But with increasingly open warfare brewing between the magical factions and Layers of the world, this time, Ren will not fail in making sure everyone she loves stays safe and protected.
That includes doing things like filling her parents’ house with personal art heavily embedded with wards, bubble-wrapping her increasingly imperiled roommate, and even making sure that a certain sexy thorn-in-her-side continues to breathe free air.
Finding herself on duty protecting the entire university alongside campus god Alexander Dare…was not what she’d had in mind.
But this time it’s not only her life on the line. And Ren will do anything to protect those she loves.
Reeling from what the students at Excelsine University are calling “Bloody Tuesday,” Ren is determined to regather her magical family. But the events of the attack were not without multiple costs. Magically broken and exposed, Ren is ripe pickings for multiple factions that want to use and chain her, and the Department is the scariest of the pack.
With only a limited amount of time to save her friend, and confined with the rest of the student body awaiting their fate, Ren stands a mere hairsbreadth from losing her freedom completely with each and every decision she makes.
About The Author
Anne Zoelle has loved books about fantasy, magic, math, wit, and imagination since devouring A Wrinkle in Time, Phantom Tollbooth, Alice in Wonderland, and the Chronicles of Narnia as a child. Split between the midwest and west coast, she writes books for all ages, as well as for furry monsters, sentient libraries, and adventuring aliens.
Anne Zoelle is the pseudonym of a USA Today Bestselling Author. She is currently working on the fourth book in the Ren Crown series.