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- Publication Date: September 6, 2017
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- Language: English
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The Green-Eyed Prince: A Retelling of The Frog Prince (The Classical Kingdoms Collection Novellas Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The setting is in the desert and the culture is reminiscent of a Middle Eastern people, but to my surprise, I didn't mind in this book. It did take me a little while to catch onto all of the names, titles, and positions, the jahira, the emeerie, the alders, etc. The Rayis was easier to pick up on, but that may just have been because I was starting to sort all of the names out or because there seemed to be more explanation about what the Rayis was supposed to do. Some of the names were hard to get my mind around--solely because, again, I am very unfamiliar with the culture, language nuances, etc.--but eventually I guess I either settled into the names or created something similar in my mind that could pass for the name as I read it. (I probably mentally butchered these names, let's be honest XD) These two things were the most difficult part of the book for me, as a reader. Aside from that, however, not only did I not mind the desert people culture the book was written in, but I found myself curious about the broader world building. I want to know what the traditions are of the people, how they grow and change, but also how their belief system was founded. I want to know how other kingdoms and peoples in the Classical Kingdoms universe interpret that belief system and implement it in their lives. I want to learn more about the magic system we see hinted at here. This book felt like a foundation for a greater worldbuilding to come, if that makes sense.
The story was well-written and I think there was only one spot I found that held a very small inconsistency. I found no glaring grammatical errors or boo boos, plot holes or anything like that. The plot was well-paced and kept me engaged throughout. There was a lot of mystery surrounding the enchantress and it kind of all unfolded at once rather than bit by bit, but that didn't affect the continuity of the story. The nods to the Frog Prince were clear and made me smile. I liked the way the frog was depicted. This is only the second story I've seen where the frog was actually human with a froglike appearance.
The characters are what really made this story for me. Dakarai was my favorite. I could spend a whole other book diving into his character and be perfectly contented. I loved watching his character revealed. I loved watching Kartek watch him and struggle with the inconsistency in his behavior during their initial meeting versus every other time she observed him. I loved the way we got to know him: through the eyes of the children, the warriors, and his interactions with Kartek directly. He wasn't all perfect either. He got angry and he stormed off. He felt hurt and loss and grief, but he had such a noble character. Despite his circumstances, he did what he felt was best. He was an honorable man, and I loved him for it. Kartek grew through the story, and y'all know how much I love character development. I'd also love to dig into her past a little. We got the basics for this story, but if the author ever one day decided to write a prequel, I wouldn't be opposed! I wonder what she was like as a little girl, how she reacted the day everything changed, how she lost her parents, etc. I like that Kartek didn't have all the answers, that she was still a young girl in many respects, but that she had a strong courage and loyalty to her people. The secondary characters made me smile often. I'd like to see more of the different tribes one day. I feel like we kind of breezed past them a little. Ahmos was my favorite SC. He's another one I could happily learn more about him and his past.
Fantastic characters, an interesting creature, and a fun version of the Frog Prince. Overall, I enjoyed the book far more than I thought I would. And I am so ready for Beauty now! Especially after that epilogue!!
The book had no foul language, some very mild violence, and nothing more serious than a kiss. There were a few references to the "marriage bed," but they were nothing detailed at all. Clean read easily recommended to fairy tale fans.
The Green-Eyed Prince is a beautiful and engaging twist on the classic story the Frog Prince. Kartek and the people around her are in danger from an evil enchantress who is out to destroy them. Dakarai says that he can help but that Kartek must agree to marry him in order for him to recover her jewel. Kartek is still reeling from the news that her betrothed is dead and that danger is potentially going to turn its eye towards her and her people where they live. She has dangerous tribes at her doorstep who rarely get along with each other and quick to kill without hesitation. She must be careful as tensions will quickly climb. There are those close to her who wish to usurp her power because they view her still has nothing but a child. As she works to try and learn about the one who is to become a part of her life she learns that there are many secrets that are being kept but only because he must. But the truth will all become clear when the time is right.
This book is very engaging and interesting. I think that I actually like this retelling than the original classic story. There is danger, betrayal, romance and suspense. All of these various elements work together to draw you in and keep you reading deeper into the story. Instead of Dakarai being an actual frog he is enchanted to have some semblance to one in his appearance, and you really see that from the first time that Kartek sees him. I love how the story is so well blended together and given such a unique twist. I really didn’t know what to think when I first started reading this book but at the end of the day I was not disappointed at all. I really would love to read more about Kartek and Dakarai if that would even be at all possible.
The Green-Eyed Prince is a must read for anyone who loves the classic stories that we all grew up with and is looking for something fresh and new. This book will not disappoint. It is a clean romance story and beautifully done. Set in the desert I think that this story really captures the elements of the scenery and the environment that surrounds it. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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This is a brilliant version of a fairy-tale that I normally have problems with. It fixes all the points that worry me in the original. In this version, neither of the main characters is selfish -- something that bothers me in the original. They both have really, really good reasons for what they do, plus the "princess" character's attitude to the "frog" is wonderfully nuanced. I love how her relationship develops with the hero and of course I find the denouement to be as satisfying as in all Brittany Fichter's books.
One touch I particularly like is that we get to see Everard in the end and so we can pinpoint the timing of this book in this magical world.