Blog Tour Review: The Court of Secrets by Rebecca L. Garcia

I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour today for Rebecca L. Garcia’s new release The Court of Secrets. This is the third book in The Fate of Crowns series, and it’s fantastic!!!


About the Book:

Title: The Court of Secrets

Author: Rebecca L. Garcia

Series: The Fate of Crowns #3

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

Synopsis: Darkness can only survive in the hearts of the wicked.

I was brought back from the edge of death by Morgana so I could reign. But whilst there, something had latched onto me, and it had no plans on leaving. With each passing day, I feel my heart growing darker and it becoming stronger. Struggling to suppress the beast within, I lose myself in the scandals and politics of my kingdom. Caught between the high priest-Vahaga-and the lords of the land, being in power has never seemed more difficult.

The threats of war with Berovia looming on the horizon means I need to remain strong for my people. My coronation nears, but with the mystery surrounding my father’s death coming under scrutiny, being back at court has never been so dangerous. Especially for a queen.

The Court of Secrets is Book 3 in The Fate of Crowns Series.

LINKS:     Goodreads    |      Amazon   


My Review:

I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Rebecca L. Garcia’s final book in The Fate of Crowns series. The Court of Secrets is a nail-biting conclusion, and I loved every second of it!

Winter has grown and changed so much throughout the trilogy, and I love her character arc. Winter learns so much about what it takes to be a ruler – learning to compromise, asserting herself when necessary, and thinking of the greater good. With a darkness growing inside of her and a kingdom to run, she has heavy burdens, and so many people are not looking out for her best interests. It seems as if every time Winter takes a positive step forward, she ends up being pushed two steps back, and I wondered if it would be possible for her to achieve her goals, help her people see the truth, protect those she loved, and end the corruption in her world.

There are several shocking revelations in the book, and Winter is faced with betrayal, deceit, and so many manipulative people that it’s impossible for her to trust almost everyone. And, for a time, the ones she knows she can trust are not with her. However, Winter isn’t easily daunted, and she repeatedly shows what a strong woman and leader she is. Seeing Winter rise to become the leader she never planned to be is fantastic.

And Blaise! I just love him! Talk about a tortured hero! Like many of the characters throughout the series, Blaise’s intentions seem questionable. However, he proves where his love and loyalty lies in this story, and I loved it! He is more honest and forthcoming with his feelings, and he fights for what he wants. Blaise is desperate to get rid of the curse cast upon him, and he and Winter do everything in their power to make this happen. Of course, many obstacles stand in their way. They need to hunt down several objects to break the curse. They also have to go on some dangerous journeys and deal with many precarious situations. Through it all, Blaise fights for his future and the future of his people. His character is so well-developed, and his actions and words are positively swoon-worthy!

Throughout the trilogy, there was a bit of a love triangle, which I don’t generally love. However, in this series, it totally worked. Winter is torn between two very different men, and she ultimately has to make a choice. Some really shocking things happen that make Winter’s choice much easier. However, her relationships with these men are complicated. Curses, pain, lies, prejudice, miscommunication, and more affect her feelings, but deep down, Winter knows there is only one that she truly loves. Once she makes her choice, the romance is wonderful, passionate, and everything I hoped for.

This story is action-packed, and there’s never a dull moment. From finding out about the lies in her kingdom, betrayals coming from every direction, the threat of war, the attempted murders, the surprising revelation about magic, and the love triangle, this story will keep you at the edge of your seat. I read it in one sitting and didn’t come up for air the entire time. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, and I was so satisfied with the conclusion. There are great messages about power, corruption, and love, and more.

This is a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series, and I can’t wait to read more by Rebecca L. Garcia. As this is the third book in the series, I would definitely recommend reading the first two books before you read this one. This isn’t really a standalone. That being said, I highly recommend the series, especially if you like fantasy with strong female protagonists, great world-building, a ton of action, and an epic romance!

Rating:

Favorite Parts:

  • The romance!
  • The magical/supernatural elements.
  • Blaise!!!!
  • The surprising twists and turns.

Favorite Lines:

We all have darker parts of ourselves we want to hide from the world. Be glad you’re aware of yours. Most people aren’t

It’s difficult to persuade people to believe something when the lie is so much more comfortable.


About the Author:

Rebecca lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and son. Originally from England, you can find her drinking tea, writing new worlds, and designing covers. She writes young adult fantasy. She devoured every book she was given and fell in love with magical worlds, and when she got older, her imagination grew with her. She implements royalty into her books because she adores historical monarchies.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, you can find her traveling, and hosting book signings with Spellbinding Events.

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