Book Review: Dream of Empty Crowns

Posted July 9, 2016 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, Review, Uncategorized / 0 Comments


I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In the kingdom of the 13, every so many years, a 13 year old boy is randomly chosen to be king. This time it is the turn of Gordon, a child with the sweet blood sickness, who never expected or wanted to be a king. But Gordon will soon discover that the choice is not random at all, and that there are many dark forces at play.

This book if full of political intrigues in a world where just one kingdom is able to build flying ships. The politics are corrupt and Gordon and his allies will have to find a way to restore fairness and ensure the peace.

I quite enjoyed this book. The characters and the story are well built, and the dialogs feel natural and fluid. There were though some things unexplained but I guess we will know more in future books.


The book ends on a cliffhanger, which disappointed me a bit, because none of the stories are closed at that point and it was like stopping listening in the middle of the book. This was the one aspect I did not like about the book.

The narrator does a very good job, and despite his short range of voices, he helped differentiate the characters using different accents. The only complaint I have is that we can hear him breathing all the time, and it is like he is not getting enough air. I think this could have been edited out. It becomes a bit stressful at times.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a  fantasy book with political intrigues. Just make sure that you have the next book available too.