The Crimson Throne by Christi Stallard

Surprising, Entertaining, Screen-worthy

4.25 stars!

If you love monsters and fantasy creatures, you’ll love Christi Stallard’s The Crimson Throne. Vampires, dragons, sirens, pixies, werewolves, ghouls… they all live side by side in a world that no longer belongs to humankind, which is a real problem for Sadie Carlisle, the teen heroine who has spent her entire life surrounded by the walls of Section 18. When the city gets raided, Sadie is forced to fight for her very survival.

If that sounds at all cliché, trust me, it isn’t. The world Christi Stallard has created is masterful, from its invented history to the setup of day-to-day life. Movie companies and TV networks, take note: the reimagining of so many mythical creatures into one seamless, dystopian nightmare makes this universe ripe for acquisition.

Yes, some details were left unexplained and there were a few grammatical issues, but that didn’t hurt the read. At least, not for me. When I love a world and an overall plot, I’m happy to suspend disbelief and accept the author’s premises about the world she has designed. (I also believe life is too short to focus on the negatives, especially where there’s so much artistry to be found.)

The world of The Crimson Throne is rich and intricate, the plot is surprising and entertaining, and the characters won me over. I have the feeling this series is only going to get better, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

– Steven’s Pick

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