Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Top 5 Tuesday: Crown


Today, I've decided to participate once again in Top 5 Tuesday, originally hosted by BionicBookworm, now hosted by MeeghanReads!

This week's theme is: Crown

This week's topic is 'crown,' and rather than share some covers with crowns or titles with the word crown, I've opted instead to share five books that involve some form of a fight for the crown or struggles with succession and royalty in fantasy books. 

Legacy of Ash (Legacy Trilogy, #1)Seven Deaths of an EmpireThe Councillor (The Councillor, #1)The Priory of the Orange Tree (The Roots of Chaos, #1)The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1)

I've only noticed after the fact that orange-y/yellow covers must be popular!

The Books:
(all descriptions from Goodreads)

1. Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward - Review
About: "While the armies of the Hadari Empire invade the borderlands, the Republic's noble families plot against each other, divided by personal ambition...As dark days beckon, these three must overcome their differences to save the Republic. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. Victory - if it comes at all - will command a higher price than they could have imagined."

2. Seven Deaths of an Empire by G.R. Matthews - Review
About:"General Bordan has a lifetime of duty and sacrifice behind him in the service of the Empire. But with rebellion brewing in the countryside, and assassins, thieves and politicians vying for power in the city, it is all Bordan can do to protect the heir to the throne.   Apprentice Magician Kyron is assigned to the late Emperor’s honour guard escorting his body on the long road back to the capital. Mistrusted and feared by his own people, even a magician’s power may fail when enemies emerge from the forests, for whoever is in control of the Emperor’s body, controls the succession."

3. The Councillor by E.J. Beaton - Review
About: "This Machiavellian fantasy follows a scholar's quest to choose the next ruler of her kingdom amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination."

4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
About: "A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.  The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. "

5. The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri - Review
About: "One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire. "

Have you read any of these books? What are some fantasy books about crowns and royalty and succession that you enjoyed?


  1. I'm always up for books about royalty, although I haven't read too many fantasy books lately!

  2. I still need to get Priory. I'm way overdue for a big old fantasy doorstopper.

  3. This is a fun way to do the theme, and somehow all these covers go together as well!