Crown of Oblivion | Julie Eshbaugh | Review

“I bite my lips between my teeth to hold them still. And remind myself what courage really is. Not the lack of fear, but action in the face of fear. And not selfish action either, but action taken in love.”






Outsiders, who don’t have magic, are inferior to Enchanteds, who do. That’s just a fact for Astrid, an Outsider who is indentured to pay off her family’s debts. She serves as the surrogate for the princess – if Renya steps out of line, Astrid is the one who bears the whipping for it.

But there is a way out: the life-or-death Race of Oblivion. First, racers are doled with the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memories. Then, when they awake int he middle of nowhere, they myst follow clues that will lead them through treacherous terrain – all while evading opponents who wouldn’t think twice about killing them to make it to the finish line first. But what throws Astrid the most is what she never expected to encounter in this race. A familiar face she can’t place. Secret powers she shouldn’t have. And a confusing memory of the past that, if real, would undo the entire social structure that has kept her a slave her entire life.

Competing could mean death … but it could also mean freedom.


Firstly, I want to say thank you to Harper360ya for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it did not disappoint.

The synopsis reminded me of The Hunger Games and I became apprehensive that it would just be a knock off version of that. For anyone also thinking that, remove that thought from your mind because The Crown of Oblivion is so much more than that. It is so good.

The Crown of Oblivion is such a fast paced, heart pounding read from the first page to the last page. The book instantly dives into the action and doesn’t let up until the ending. It is so action-packed and literally has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

I really enjoyed Astrid as a character. I thought she was a strong and independent women and I love those kind of characters. It is evident from the start that Astrid has been and is going through a lot. My heart hurts for her, especially in one particular moment, which I won’t say due to spoilers. If you have read it you know what I am talking about. Astrid really grows as a character from this point and it just makes the reader love her even more.

I love Julie’s writing style, I love her world building especially. She really sets the scene and as a reader you can picture each part of the book vividly as if you are a character yourself. I enjoyed the political part of the book. I am not normally interested in the political systems as they leave me confused however I did enjoy this one. It was easy to read but also very interesting. I found that it was easy to follow and I didn’t find myself confused at any point.

To say I flew through this book is a understatement. One afternoon at my grandfathers house I decided to pick this book up. I could not put it down. I didn’t even stop to answer the questions on the chase (he is an avid fan of the chase). I just could not concentrate on anything but the book. It is a solid 471 pages, but I had finished it before I went to bed on the same day. I am a fast reader but even I have excelled myself whilst reading this book. It was brilliant and just so difficult to put down.

The one thing I would have wanted more from this book is an explanation of the magic system and maybe a bit more about the background before we dived into the Race of Oblivion. It seemed to come around pretty quickly and I probably would have liked a little bit more of a set up before we dived into the action.

The ending left me wanting so much more, I need to know what happens left. The author seems to have left it in a position for another book to be written and I really hope that this is the case because I will certainly be picking it up. I can’t wait to see the characters develop further and find out what is going to happen next.

“If I told you monsters could be tamed, would you want to live with monsters? Even a tame monster is still a monster.”

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