A.K. Wilder

Crown of Bones

Raise. Your. Phantom.

In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare us for what is to come…

A young heir will raise the most powerful phantom in all of Baiseen.
A dangerous High Savant will do anything to control the nine realms.
A mysterious and deadly Mar race will steal children into the sea.
And a handsome guide with far too many secrets will make me fall in love.

My name is Ash. A lowly scribe meant to observe and record. And yet I think I’m destined to surprise us all.



Reading YA fantasy or just more fantasy, in general, was one thing I really wanted to give a try this year. And Crown of Bones did not disappoint. A lot happens in this book and I was just so enamored with the world that Wilder builds for us. I will say that I did leave the book with some confusion about what was happening and more questions than answers. I had to take my time with this one since fantasy has always been a bit of a challenge for me because of all the info we get.

The main focus was on Ash, Marcus and Kaylin. And I soaked every moment between Ash and Kaylin. But loved the close bond between Ash and Marcus. As the series goes on, I hope we stay the course that’s been going on between them.

In the first 50% of the book, we learn a lot about the world, I’d say that’s where the bulk of info comes on. Once they’re on their adventure, we’re on that a bit longer than I anticipated and the pace slowed down significantly for me. But as we get closer to their destination, the suspense builds and battles are happening.

By the end, a lot of truths are coming out and plenty of questions especially surrounding Ash and Kaylin. We’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger and I’m eager to get the next in this series.

Overall, truly enjoyed this fantasy read, definitely could have used some fine-tuning with some of the side characters and world-building. Mainly so we’re not overwhelmed with the info that’s coming all at once. A solid start to this series!

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