Blurb from Goodreads
For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with external struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.
Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?
The story its self is told from third person POV from 4 perspectives; Haakon, the prince; his bestfriend, Alexander; his fiancee, Gwendolyn; and a commoner, Mary. Some of their POV are more interesting than the others. The problem is when I was so glue with one POV I have to wait for a couple chapters to go back to it since the next chapter is told from other perspective. And sometimes it isn’t as interesting as the previous one. So here I read one chapter about the king’s dead and then the next chapter is about a mundane thing like riding a horse. It was (kinda) frustrating since I want to know more about the king’s dead, and its impact. And since I didn’t read this book in one sitting (have to put it on hold to do my works, to have dinner and even to sleep) when I continue reading it I was kinda forget the stories from the previous chapters. So I have no choice to go back to it. However the more I read, it’s clearer that each chapter in fact intertwine each other, even when it seems so simple and all.
As for the characters, my favorite is Mary. She feels more real and I can connect easier to her than to other characters. The four main characters have their own virtue and vice, in a way I just couldn’t tell who the good one is and whom I should believe. But one thing for sure is they all seem so naive and trust others easily which kinda bothers me, to be honest. Take Haakon for example, he’s the prince, the heir of the Realm, I think it’s understandable that I assumed he has a prince qualities. Surely his parents and also the council train him for his whole life of how to become a king and his responsibilities, right? But it isn’t what I got. He seems so lost when his father died. At first I thought it was because he’s in shock knowing that he will become a king sooner than later, but then he keeps his unsureness, and doesn’t know what he has to do all the time. This makes him to have to listen to the council which leads him trust them while I think he’s too easy trusting them. As a prince I kind wish he has curiosity and questioning everything that happened around him. But then again, he doesn’t seem have prince qualities in the first place, so he being naive might understandable, I guess.
I also think that the way the characters solve the problem is too easy. I felt like suddenly everything falls in pieces and in a rush. Yet I really liked the story and the feel that I got when I read this book. I thought it’s purely fantasy story but when I got to know more about Realm, I felt like it’s also a dystopia world, though the setting is in present time.
All in all, I think this is a good story that beautifully written. Before I read it, I thought it’s a standalone but reading the way it ends, it’s clear that there will be another books since Gwendolyn and Haakon’s story haven’t finished yet. And I’ll read their next journey for sure.