Title: Titanite’s Royal Secret
Author: Sequoia Nevae
Series: The Carnelian Curse #1
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Writing Reborn Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2022
Source: book tour company
Content Warnings: emotional abuse
Heartache. Revenge. Love. Ingredients for the perfect curse. Will King Titanite pass the first test of his family’s torment?
On the night King Titanite’s twins are born, he must make a choice: send one daughter away from the palace or risk losing everything, including his twins. Empathize with Peridot, a shy, kind-hearted princess, longing for her father’s love. Become empowered by Ruby, a fiery, self-driven princess, determined to always be victorious. A three thousand-year-old curse binds those twin princesses to their family’s past and future. A curse driven by pain, revenge, and love. Titanite believes his queen knows nothing of the curse that split the Land of Carnelian in two and also burdened his family. However, with the help of a mysterious being, the queen has her own motives for their daughter who remains in the palace. Enjoy the journey towards the curse-driven battle between the princesses as they learn to harness their hidden royal powers from unexpected companions.
Read the beginning of this young adult fantasy series to find out which Sapphire princess will become the next heir to the throne and help trigger The Carnelian Curse.
This book features a unique gemstone magic system, a mysterious curse, and dramatic sibling dynamics after twin princesses are separated at birth and trained to battle for the throne as the result of a curse. It is simple, straightforward, and a quick read.
While this book has an intriguing concept and some unique elements, I struggled to connect with the characters emotionally and feel invested in the story. All the characters needed more depth, and the world building and backstory could have been more clearly defined. Overall, I thought the book was cliched and predictable, and the writing relied too much on telling.