A Crown of Golden Leaves

Fiction - Fantasy - General
185 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2018
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Author Biography

Catalina DuBois was born in a small town in Missouri and now lives in Roswell, New Mexico with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Casey. She attended the University of Michigan where she earned Higher Education Awards. DuBois later transferred to Eastern New Mexico University, where she graduated in 2011. She became a published author at the age of eleven, when her poem was selected for an anthology. DuBois's first novel, "Book of Matthew: House of Whispers," won the 2018 Literary Titan Book Award.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

What a great idea for a series of books. A pair of lovers cursed to live their lives over and over throughout time. They are cursed to be star-crossed in every incarnation, thus frustrating their strong but forever doomed love. It is a great idea, allowing the writer to tell poignant love stories in any era he or she wants. An imaginative writer could work this idea in many clever ways and create a series that could become a classic. I think this is exactly what Catalina DuBois will do with her Infinity series. I just read A Crown of Golden Leaves. I don’t know what number in the series this book is, but it is early on. It takes place during the time of the Roman Empire, and since we are talking about Greek gods, it is a great place to start this journey. I like the Romans. I have read a lot about them, both fiction and non-fiction, and this tale stands out as an accurate portrayal of the era, as well as a good story in and of itself.

I like the main characters here. A prince of Rome and a captured slave girl. The characters are one of the story’s strongest points. From evil emperors to gladiators and slaves, the supporting cast is portrayed well too. The plot is handled well, and the setting is the glory and decadence of ancient Rome. I like this setting, and the violence and frustration that goes with it. It is the perfect place for Catalina DuBois to tell a love story filled with tragedy and hope. She does just that and she does it very well. An excellent read!