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Crown of Oblivion

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.

But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Obli
ebook, 496 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Quill Tree Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Nope. Just not for me. Ended up skim reading to see if it got better for me. Nope. Awesome cover though and I’m happy so many loved it 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Becca Mee
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a thrilling, heart pounding race to its conclusion. The story centers on Astrid, who is a surrogate for Princess Reyna of Lanoria’s surrogate. Whenever the princess acts out, it’s Astrid who bears her punishment. In a desperate attempt to save the people she loves, Astrid joins the Race of Oblivion, the winner of which wok be granted full citizenship. As an Outsider, it’s the only hope for Astrid and her family to live better lives. The race is brutal, testing Astrid’s endurance as ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's so many great reviews of this book but quite frankly what I read was a whole mess. This would be great as a first draft but there was so much thrown in that it just didn't work and ended up almost feeling middle grade in places. Characters were basically just Speshul Proganist, Rebel, Bad Prince, Good Princess, Love Interest That Does Dark Things But It's Okay Because He Has Reasons.

I know this book really wanted to be the next Hunger Games, literally lifting some of it to use in this bo
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
With an enchanting blend of fantasy and dystopian, The Crown of Oblivion was a breath of fresh air.
Wholly entertaining with flairs of magic, espionage, and a race to the death, it was a story that kept me engaged and rapidly turning the pages.

If you want something a bit different without being wholly unique but still fresh and new enough to keep you engaged and entertained, I definitely recommend giving this a try. It truly held my attention and left me captivated until the very end.

*ARC provide
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I was a little skeptical at first to read Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh because I’ve heard her other books are not amazing and it seemed kind of similar to The Hunger Games, but I was surprised that I did actually like this one. It was action-packed, intense, and exciting.
Astrid Jael is an Outsider working as a surrogate to princess Renya to help pay off her family’s debt. If Renya steps out of line, it is Astrid who gets punished. After a tragic incident, Astrid is determined to enter th
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"But that wouldn’t remind Outsiders what we’re worth: the strength of our backs. Our resilience. Our ability to survive the hardest struggles, to be hurt, fall down, and still, to get back up again."

So much of this journey is focused on Astrid and the increasing political unrest her community faces. In a world of have and have-nots (but with powers!), the power dynamic is about to go through a shift thanks to one girl’s desire to better the situation her family is in.

"Enchanteds popping sweets i
Yna the Mood Reader
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Much thanks to Harper Teen and The Fantastic Flying Book Club Book Tours for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.

📚 Series: No, standalone.
📚 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Read if: you are looking for a fantasy that is slightly reminiscent of Hunger Games.

Crown of Oblivion is
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Crown of Oblivion was pretty much all the things I hoped it would be: a high stakes adventure in a terribly dangerous world. I asked, it delivered, I'm happy to report!

What I Loved:

• First, this should be a movie. Or a show, I shan't be picky. But everything about both the world and the race itself would translate incredibly onscreen. Someone make this happen, please and than
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
this book was an epic thrill ride from beginning to end! i just stayed up til 2 am and fought off sleep to finish it -- it was THAT good. There's so many twists and turns! The only person you can trust is Astrid herself!

more to come when i'm fully awake. But this was SO GOOD. Read it! READ IT NOW!
Brianna Benton
This book reminds me of The Hunger Games meets The Amazing Race. The main character is actually a lot like Katniss if she had magic but a lot less sullen and is more open to friendship and teamwork. Needless to say I am absolutely loved this book. I really hope that it becomes a duology because I really want to know what happens with the characters next!

Read the full review on my blog!
Crown of Oblivion is trying really hard to be the new HUNGER GAMES, only without the actual intrigue, world building, and romance. On the other hand, it is JAM PACKED with action as it is essentially a bloody scavenger hunt, and our MC is a complicated character who has no qualms about essentially doing everything she needs to do in order to win.

The rest of this review is full of spoilers cause I just can't be chill.

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Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
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“For the winner, the Race of Oblivion means citizenship, but there’s only one winner each year- For many of the contestants, the race means death.”

I was so excited to read this book, because I thought the premise sounded so unique and cool, and like a concept I would totally love, and I have to say that I overall really enjoyed the book and found it incredibly fast paced and engaging, but I had some issues that made me lower my rati
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
The Crown of Oblivion goes to… the race winner! What?!

I have a weakness for powers. Yup, if a premise, no matter how ridiculous, talks about super powers then I sign up. And Astrid’s power had the potential to be quite unusual. Plus Crown of Oblivion happened to come on the heels of the worst reading month I’ve had all year.

Did the powers in Crown of Oblivion win over this Fangirl?
I liked Astrid from page one. She’s in a tough spot, basically an indentured servant. No one wishes to become a whip
Sheila G
I received a copy of this book via Harperteen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


Content Warning: Indentured Servitude, Beating/Whipping, Drug use, abuse & dealing
I may not know my own name, but I know misery, and this is it.

Crown of Oblivion is a Young Adult fantasy that has science fiction undertones. Strongly influenced by The Great Race, and compared to The Hunger Games, the story revolves around a race and a system o
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Crown of Oblivion was sold as a standalone Young Adult Fantasy novel. Meet 17-year old Astrid Jael who is the story's protagonist. Astrid is indentured to the royal family as a surrogate to Princess Renya. Whenever Renya steps out of line, Astrid is the one who gets whipped. Astrid has no choice. She and her family are Outsiders, the lowest class of people, without magic or citizenship. In Lanoria, there are (3) types of magic:
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads
This book was such a whirlwind of constant action, plot twists and magic! If you're a fan of The Amazing Race or, dare I say it, The Hunger Games, then you'll absolutely enjoy this!

Full review and blog tour stop at A Book Shrew

The world is a bit odd, but somehow works. There are corn fields and tornado threats, pick-up trucks, Ferris wheels, castles, kings and queens and duke and duchesses, knights It took me about a quarter of the way through before I could get an idea of what it is and then re
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun quick YA fantasy. Reading about the race is the best part. Its fun to read about how the characters get out of tough situations and their thought process behind it. Good book if you want a fantasy thats not to heavy with the lore.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of the most positives surprises of the year. There was so much I loved in this story.

Lanoria reminded me a lot of Irelands' fight for independence mixed in with The Hunger Games, with OLA being really similar to the IRA in how they were fighting for freedom via terrorism. The world-building and the characters were incredibly complex and nuanced for a YA fantasy, even more for a standalone.

Julie excelled particularly at the rhythm in which she revealed Lanoria, never overwhelming us
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, book-tour
See this review and others at Whispers & Wonder

Stars are for people safe enough to enjoy them.

Crown of Oblivion is author Julie Eshbaugh’s newest publication, and is an intense and brutal tale of social injustices, and the essential fight to balance the scales. Astrid Jael is an Outsider, as well as surrogate to the Lanorian Princess Renya – when the princess misbehaves, Astrid is the one to be mercilessly punished. After the death of her father, she enlists in the Race of Oblivion to secure cit
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I honestly don’t understand my feelings for this book. Lol. There were many feelings....

In nutshell, Astrid lives a horrible life and was offered a chance at freedom and safety against others like her in a competition called the Crown of Oblivion. Basically all you need to know...

So I have many positives, and many negatives. They basically cancelled each other out in the end.

So the positives. I will say that this story was fast-paced, and that oddly worked for this story. Astrids constant stru
Taylor Fenner
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, favorites, fantasy
Four years ago Astrid's brother Jayden ran away, escaping his indenture as the prince's surrogate. Astrid, Princess Renya's surrogate nearly died from the beating she took that night.

Now, with her father sick and needing medical attention and her younger brother depending on her, Astrid is thisclose to getting the King's decree allowing her father to get the treatment he needs.

But when tragedy strikes, Astrid is pushed to enter the Race of Oblivion, a life-or-death dangerous race/scavenger-like-
Sarah {The Clever Reader}
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crown of Oblivion is so different from Julie’s first series which I love because we get to see a different writing style from her.

This book takes you right into the action within the first 10% which I really enjoyed. It is a fast-paced YA Fantasy that takes Astrid on a journey that will take her from being an indentured servant to a free citizen. Being the surrogate to the princess hasn’t been easy and Astrid has faced many hard times but when she gets the opportunity to enter the race of oblivi
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I enjoyed this book so much! So much action, such interesting characters! And the mysteries that they have to solve, but not always. Great read, and I wouldn't mind a sequel! ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-reviews
Engrossing and completely thrilling, CROWN OF OBLIVION is a fantastic new YA fantasy that I highly recommend. Dealing with themes including social injustice, health care inequality, and citizenship lotteries, this book is quite the read. In a world where people are separated by their birth into Enchanteds and Outsiders (upper and lower class respectively), Astrid is an Outsider. When her mother died, she also took on some of her indentured time, which is typically twenty years (to start, time ca ...more
Celia McMahon
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc.

Well, I mean, this one started well enough. It had one of those EMBER IN THE ASHES openings where you are thrust right into the action with mystery and superb world-building. And then it dived and left me confused.

The world is sort of like a dystopian-like RED QUEEN world where we have tech and magic coexisting. I can deal with that. But this book left so many things unanswered; it felt like it was rushing along a little too quickly. The co
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While it may have taken me a while to actually find the time to sit down to read more than just a couple pages at a time at the start, once I made time in my hectic schedule I finished this book in less than two days!

Crown of Oblivion was such a great read filled with twists and turns that kept me wanting to read more. I stayed up until nearly 1:30 am to be able to find out what would happen next! Astrid was such a strong heroine that never gave up even in the darkest of moments. If you’re a fan
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warnings: slavery, sexual assault (groping), mentions of drug abuse, physical violence, gun violence

Crown of Oblivion is a book with a fantasy tone but science fiction like setting, and yes, it has similarities to The Hunger Games in that there is a race that only the indentured population participates in. In Lanoria, the population is divided between the Enchanted and the Outsiders, the latter are either indentured or be full citizens, and depending on that they may or may not have the embeds t
Lily (latestreads)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
*Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for providing me with an ARC of this book. Some parts may have been changed as I did not read the final book. Please know that all of the expressed thoughts are my honest opinions.

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat, up-all-night kind of book! It has the Hunger Games-like setting and danger and the Caraval-like clues: vague and open to lots of different interpretations.

Crown of Oblivion follows Astrid, the surrog
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Julie Eshbaugh is a YA writer and former filmmaker. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Her YA fantasy standalone, CROWN OF OBLIVION, was released by HarperTeen in November 2019. She is also the author of IVORY AND BONE (HarperTeen 2016) and OBSIDIAN AND STARS (HarperTeen 2017). You ca ...more

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