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?
This is the first fantasy of 2018 that I’ve finished. I get it – I have failed this city.
I love audiobooks, so when I saw a book that I’ve picked up a few times and perused, it took the opportunity to check it out.
First, Stacey Jay has a wonderful voice. I fell so deeply in love with these characters, both on the path to save themselves from something. For Niklaas, he didn’t want to be another one of his brothers that fell victim to the curse his father placed over all his sons (harsh, dude, harsh). The other warrior, Aurora, wanted to save her little brother from the ogre queen and, as a result, the entire kingdom (no biggie).
Ror, as she called herself, wasn’t defined by her title. Most of her life had been spent on the run or in the fairy world, so she didn’t grow up in a typical princess fashion. Her “blessings” made her good at some things, but more distant in others. Overall, you had a princess that was good with a sword or her preferred weapon, not someone who liked dressing up and wooing princes – and I loved her for it.
Niklaas was every bit of arrogant as he was beautiful. Naturally, it was impossible not to love him. He would say ridiculous things, and while part of me liked him (even when he was being an idiot that needed a good attitude adjustment), the other rolled my eyes. Those things weren’t him; he was so much more than who he pretended to be. However, Niklaas had an expiration date. If he didn’t marry before his eighteenth birthday, there would be no him at all, no matter how arrogant. He did a lot of growing during his time with Ror. He grew to know that women are capable of taking care of themselves, and that sometimes the saving happens the other way around.
Their romance was perfect. It hit me right when it needed to. They were friends first, romance second, and I adored it. I wanted them to grab on to their happily-ever-after and never let it go.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, even light fantasy (maybe especially then), I recommend this book. For audiobook lovers, the narrator does a fantastic job of capturing Jay’s story and bringing her characters to life. You can’t go wrong with this book.