Author: Abigail Owen
Audiobook Length: 9 hours 30 minutes
One born to rule. One to forfeit…
Everything about my life is a lie. As a hidden twin princess, born second, I have only one purpose—to sacrifice my life for my sister if death comes for her. I’ve been living under the guise of a poor, obscure girl of no standing, slipping into the palace and into the role of the true princess when danger is present.
Now the queen is dead and the ageless King Eidolon has sent my sister a gift—an eerily familiar gift—and a proposal to wed. I don’t trust him, so I do what I was born to do and secretly take her place on the eve of the coronation. Which is why, when a figure made of shadow kidnaps the new queen, he gets me by mistake.
As I try to escape, all the lies start to unravel. And not just my lies. The Shadowraith who took me has secrets of his own. He struggles to contain the shadows he wields—other faces, identities that threaten my very life.
Winter is at the walls. Darkness is looming. And the only way to save my sister and our dominion is to kill Eidolon…and the Shadowraith who has stolen my heart.
The beautiful cover and title of The Liar’s Crown immediately grabbed my attention as it looks like something in my wheelhouse. While Goodreads does not label this as part of a series on its main page, there is a note from the author that this is a planned trilogy. After reading I am thrilled that there are more novels to go as there is a lot to explore with the plot and characters. Knowing there are more novels, also helped me with the pacing as trilogies tend to move at a slower build-up in the first novel. I think if I went into this thinking it was a standalone, the pacing may not have been for me, so other readers may be the same.
Meren is the Princess of Aryd and the twin sister of the heir, Tabra. Meren lives in secret as she is the body double for her sister in dangerous situations and those around her have no idea about the real her. During events surrounding Tabra’s coronation, Meren gets kidnapped as she is standing in for Tabra by the Shadowwraith, Reven. He claims that he needs her help to kill King Eidolon of Tyndra, which sets off the chain of events in the story. There are two main elements where there is the threat of Eidolon and the fact that those around Meren after she is kidnapped believe she is Tabra and do not know Meren exists.
As the main character, Meren was interesting and likable. Since she was the hidden twin, she has to balance being herself while also managing to masquerade as an entire other personality. She has her own internal development along with her growing attraction to Reven, who has secrets and internal struggles of his own. This was a nice enemies to lovers story with some nice morally grey characters. I loved the two of them together and they had great chemistry. As I love slow-burn romances, I did want their relationship to build up a little more; however, I can see how the author could have written it that way. There are many directions for how this relationship could be further explored in some way in the following novels
As this is the first novel in a trilogy, there is a lot of information given to the reader. This includes the characters, the world-building, and the magic system. Since I was captivated by the story and listening to this on audiobook, I enjoyed how the information was presented. If I was reading the printed version, I can see how it possibly can read as a slight info dump, especially at the beginning. Overall, I enjoyed this story and cannot experience the next one once it is available!
**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Entangled Publishing, for the opportunity to read this entertaining novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**