Princess of Thorns was a fast read that I couldn’t put down.
I was very excited to read this book because it sounded like Game of Thrones meets Grim Fairy Tales.
There are no dragons, but what a wonderful book full of adventure and romance. Princess of Thorns has a great opener “Once upon a time there lived a prince and a princess with no happy ever after…” Doesn’t that kill? Let’s take a look at the book.
- Print Length: 402 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038574322X
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 9, 2014)
Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.
Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?
My Review: I received a copy for an honest review, but I’m going to buy my own copy for my library. I loved it that much!
There are three main characters, told from each view point in first person. The first MC is Aurora. I loved this take on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Aurora is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty. At seven Aurora’s mother dies but gifts her with fairy magic on her last breath. There always comes a price with magic. Aurora can never love anyone or a price is paid for that person if she does. When Aurora’s brother Jor is captured by the Ogre Queen, Aurora, known as Ror, must raise an army to rescue him. Ror has great strength and ability from her fairy magic. She’s an exceptional knight and the only way to raise an army is to pose as her brother.
The next persecutive is told by Prince Niklass. The prince is looking for Ror’s brother, so he can win the hand of Aurora. He too has a curse. On his eighteenth birthday he will face the same fate as his ten older brothers by turning into a swan. To save his humanity he must marry a princess. He meets Ror, who is disguised as her brother. Ror promises to introduce Niklaas to Aurora if he agrees to help her build an army. This is where the fun part starts!
The last perspective is that of the Orge Queen. We don’t get to see her that much but she is cray cray! She wants the ogres to rule again and when she tells her story it’s under the plural “we.” I told you she’s crazy! She devours all souls and they merge with hers, thus the plural we.
And so the story unfolds with Ror and Niklaas trying to help each other. Due to Ror pretending to be a boy, you can imagine all the consequences that come with it, plot twists ensue. I just loved the way Ror and Niklaas interact. The chemistry is smoldering but develops slowly, which is a great factor in making the story develop. The truly fun part was at the first half of the book, when Niklaas thinks of Ror as his future brother-n-law, not his wife. Boy does he have a surprise coming.
The world building was wonderful. Stacy did a fantastic job at merging two fairytales and making it all her own. Her description was vivid and the pacing kept my fingers turning the page. The ending left me content and I must pick up Stacy’s other books. I need more!
Should you read it? Yes! Stacy brings us into a fairytale world of princess disguised as princes, princes needing the rescue, and a formable enemy who isn’t as she appears. The book is wonderfully written and the action keeps you at the edge of your seat. I truly loved this book and the sublet hints of other fairy tales within it, such as Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. I do hope she ventures into those stories.
About the Author:
Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor, and yoga instructor.
In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and drinking wine with her husband. She loves to hear from readers and personally answers every single email she receives.
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