i received a copy of her majesty’s royal coven from harper collins nz in exchange for an honest review.
her majesty’s royal coven review
her majesty’s royal coven is a feminist urban fantasy. while i enjoyed the inclusivity, it reads like a the author had a bunch of tick boxes and was shoving as much as they could into it. we have a token black character that fills most of the boxes.
the constant overuse of spice girls references really grated my nerves. it was cheesy and cringy. i felt secondhand embarrassment from the characters calling each other these nicknames. because of this, i had a hard time taking the characters seriously. this in turn made them hard to like or care about. the characters just didn’t have much depth.
and because of that, the big plot twist at the end (no spoilers) — i didn’t give two shits about it. it didn’t phase me in the slightest.
the writing itself was really difficult for me to get into. it didn’t flow nicely. it was stiff and awkward. it’s something i would’ve expected from a debut author, but not a seasoned pro like dawson.
all of that aside, here’s the one thing i did love about her majesty’s royal coven: the coming out story of one of the characters. i like how it was important to the plot, and not something thrown in last minute to appease (feminist) readers.
i know i’m probably in the minority with my opinions of this book, so take it with a grain of salt. this book tackles some important issues, i just wish the storytelling was done better.