Castles in their bones

Laura Sebastian

Book - 2022

Sixteen-year-old triplets Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz, each with her own secret skill and wish, begin arranged marriages to princes of neighboring nations to fulfill their mother's intention to reign over the continent.

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Series
Castles in their bones ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Novels
Published
New York City : Delacorte Press [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
514 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 14+.
Grades 10-12.
ISBN
9780593118160
0593118162
9780593118191
0593118197
9780593118177
0593118170
Main Author
Laura Sebastian (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia were born and bred for one purpose: to bring down three countries so that their mother, Empress Margaraux, can take over the continent. They were trained in the arts of seduction, deception, and violence so they could infiltrate under the guise of naive girls and create havoc between the three countries. When the sisters turn 16, they are married to the princes of the three targeted countries and begin their tasks of weakening the countries. However, things begin to go differently than they planned as they become more emotionally invested in their new countries. They also learn that their mother has kept secrets from them and have difficulty knowing whom to trust. Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia have much to prove during their quests, but they ultimately must decide whether to follow their mother's orders or forge their own paths. Sebastian's new fantasy novel is a page-turner that brilliantly blends magic, romance, and adventure. A twist ending leaves readers reeling but ready for the second installment in the planned trilogy. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia were born and bred for one purpose: to bring down three countries so that their mother, Empress Margaraux, can take over the continent. They were trained in the arts of seduction, deception, and violence so they could infiltrate under the guise of naive girls and create havoc between the three countries. When the sisters turn 16, they are married to the princes of the three targeted countries and begin their tasks of weakening the countries. However, things begin to go differently than they planned as they become more emotionally invested in their new countries. They also learn that their mother has kept secrets from them and have difficulty knowing whom to trust. Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia have much to prove during their quests, but they ultimately must decide whether to follow their mother's orders or forge their own paths. Sebastian's new fantasy novel is a page-turner that brilliantly blends magic, romance, and adventure. A twist ending leaves readers reeling but ready for the second installment in the planned trilogy. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this extravagantly built series starter, Sebastian (the Ash Princess trilogy) introduces three 16-year-old princesses: devious Daphne, beautiful Beatriz, and altruistic Sophronia—triplets conceived through magic by their scheming empress mother. The three have trained their entire lives to leave their home in Bessemia, marry princes of nearby kingdoms, and orchestrate those husbands' demise, allowing their manipulative mother to take over. Skilled in the arts of poison-making, message-coding, and seduction—and granted one wish each from the stars—the sisters confidently assume their roles. What they aren't counting on are the friendships they forge in their new homes, the feelings they develop for their husbands, and the many treacheries they face at court. Though the three kingdoms and their casts are extensive, the lushly told three-part narrative churns along quickly, volleying between the sisters' perspectives until the threads begin to intricately twine. In Sebastian's fairy tale world of royalty, power, and magic, the duplicitous but no less championable princesses engage in enough surprise twists, romantic entanglements, and dicey predicaments to keep readers entertained. Ages 14–up. Agent: John Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (Feb.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Now 16, Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia have been molded into exactly the princesses their mother wanted—ones who will marry into their neighboring kingdoms and tear them down, leaving the empress to conquer the breadth of the continent. Sophronia fell halfway in love with her betrothed via letters but arrives and discovers him far more tyrannical than expected; Daphne finds herself planted in a kingdom already halfway to rebellion; and Beatriz is in a kingdom where her "star-touched" birth is a death sentence if discovered. Each daughter is trained in a different kind of espionage to help wreak havoc on her new home, but the three of them didn't anticipate their loyalties to their mother would be tested by the friendships and romances waiting for them there. Three points of view is a delicate balancing act, especially when all three heroines have essentially the same mission—marry and murder her way to the throne. Sebastian differentiates the triplets by assigning them early stereotypes—the sweet one, the pretty one, the ambitious one—before letting the characters grow into themselves. While the plot is rather simplistic for a novel bent on political intrigue, the stage is set for future installments to be more complex. VERDICT The writing style skews younger, but paired with the mature (not explicit) themes, it'll find a home with readers who usually struggle with works of this length. For fans of Stephanie Garber's Once Upon a Broken Heart, this novel will be an easy sell. Recommended for larger collections.—Emmy Neal Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Secretly trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction and violence, princesses Sophronia, Daphne and Beatriz find their loyalties tested when each enters into a marriage to help make their mother’s dream of ruling Vesteria come true. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series. "[A] page-turner that brilliantly blends magic, romance, and adventure.” --BooklistEmpress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes. Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria. The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers. Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?