“To be a true princess requires valiance, honor, bravery, and sensitivity to your people.” -King Albion
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
I can’t be the only kid dreaming that she was sensitive enough to feel a pea under a hundred mattresses, right?
I also wondered how that was possible.
Pretty sure that at some point I asked my mom if I could have a pea to test out whether I was a princess or not.
She said no, so I guess we’ll never know.
Magic is dying. Everyone is lying.
Ceris is quite content in her role as a horse trainer’s assistant by day and medicinal smuggler by night. But when one of her closest friends betrays her and draws her into a plot of her own, Ceris has to pretend to be a foreign princess to save her smuggling ring… and herself. She may have to go so far as to marry the prince if she can’t find a way out of her friend’s scheme.
Aieldir was born a reluctant secret-keeper, and raised to be King of the Lianthiran Fae. But his kingdom’s magic is weakening, and the rumors of revolt are circulating. As the heir to the throne, the burden to marry a powerful princess from Searon and secure his kingdom‘s future weighs heavily on his shoulders. But when his mysterious “princess” shows up half-drowned, he soon suspects she’s not who she claims to be.
Will Ceris let down her wall of deception long enough to see the man beneath the crown? Can Aieldir possibly put his future—and his heart—in the hands of a fraud? Or will their schemes and secrets shatter their fragile trust, dooming their kingdom as well as their own happily-ever-after?
When a babysitter suggested to a 5-year-old Kathryn that she ought to write a book for her parents to read when they got back from their date night, she had no idea what she’d started.
After that first book about a little girl who got too sick to visit her grandparents, Kathryn never stopped writing.
Now she writes no-spice epic fantasy and fairy tale retellings for young adults, where she can indulge her love of magic, adventure, and happily-ever-afters.
As someone who reads for the sake of escaping the worries of daily life and seeking imaginative joy, Kathryn writes to inspire beauty and wonder in the hearts of her readers.
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So, like one of the other books in the series, I have to ask: What does this have to do with The Princess and the Pea?
I will say that The Princess and the Pea doesn’t seem to have as many specific conventions like some of the other fairytale princess stories to, so maybe what Kathryn has done works well enough with the story.
To me though, I think this could have worked better as a Goose Girl retelling, maybe? With the mention of the MC being a horse trainer’s assistant?
However, despite the fact that I’m not certain it works as the retelling it’s claiming to be, it sounds like a really fun story, and I’m looking forward to it.
I am scared that there might be a bit too much to fit into a little novella, but we’ll see!
My predicted rating is probably ⭐️⭐️⭐️, unless Kathryn makes all the plots work well in a story story. Then I will bump up the rating to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
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Was The Princess and the Pea and integral part of your childhood too? What are your thoughts on the conventions of that story? What does a Princess and the Pea retelling need?
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed.
Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one.