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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Crown of Bones

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"Raise. Your. Phantom.

For fans of epic fantasies and sweeping adventures, this ensemble cast will immerse you in a world of unique magic, breathtaking action and unforgettable characters.

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."


Crown of Bones is a YA fantasy novel by A.K. Wilder and is the first installment in the Amassia series.

Let's be honest here, I wasn't expecting much from an author's debut novel, and especially one that is an entry into a series. Boy, did this blow me out of the water though.

When I finished the book I sat there and was like, huh, I really enjoyed reading that. I also like how Wilder has a website where you can see what type of phantom you would have. It's not something I expected from a first-time author and was a nice touch.

The only issue I had with the book was that it did a pet peeve of mine - plot advancement due to the character's stupidity. I don't like sitting there thinking 'well what did you think would happen' when something goes wrong. I didn't dislike any of the characters which surprised me and I definitely want to read more about Kaylin who was my favourite in this.

I think I found an absolute gem here and I will be eagerly awaiting the next addition to the series (which is expected to come next January).

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