- File Size: 2301 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lost Plot Press (July 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D75XF39
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Kiss: Frog Prince Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale series Book 14) Kindle Edition
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This is frankly unlike any Princess and the Frog story. Told in the desert, with a spoiled, selfish, lustful prince with a harem of concubines.
Prince Philemon is the Prince of Tasnim and attempts to swindle the powerful Lady Zuleika, after she helped him solve his djinn problem (the lamp).
He needs water, but fails to deliver on what he promised her, as such, he is turned into what he is in side, a slimy toad.
Anahita has been through much. She is the sister of Maram and is a complex character, suffering from past abuse and still rising above.
Lady Zuleika will only reverse Philemon's curse if he can find a woman who will let him lie in her arms at night. Then and maybe only then, would she reverse the curse.
Can he redeem himself in his new form?
Kiss continues Demelza Carlton's dystopian / fantasy realm, that's not for kids.
I voluntarily reviewed this book.
Anahita was simply an amazing character. She is what every woman who has ever been in an untenable situation wishes she could be. Her bravery and awesomeness does not retract from the fact that she has had a most unpleasant life and is due some happiness by the time we really get to know her. Her gift is with animals, and that just makes her all the more endearing to us.
Philemon, on the other hand, is an interesting character. He is our frog prince, and one who was justly punished for being too high and mighty and exceedingly arrogant. His time as a frog, and his time with Anahita, help him to grow and become someone we can actually like. Don't get me wrong, as princes go he wasn't the worst to start with, but he did need taking down a peg or two and to be taught how to appreciate. As a side note, his interactions with her bird are absolutely fantastic to read.
On an aside... There are two supporting characters in this that I really learned to love. Asad and Haidar are just awesome. I feel really awful for what happened to them, but it was nice to see them carry on and befriend Anahita so completely. I really liked the contrast of male characters who were earthy but not at all bad.
All in all, this is a very touching tale. It has to be one of the most heart-wrenching Mrs. Carlton has written yet, however. So be warned: tears are imminent!
The story held my attention all through a very pleasant afternoon, well into late evening... I realised how dark the room had grown only when I finished reading 😅
I noticed a tiny touch that reveals how carefully Demelza Carlton researches the backgrounds.. or was it serendipity.. some of the authentic ancient Persian names (Zareen, Katayun, Mahvash among others) that are still in use today.
In all, a thoroughly enjoyable book 👍👍
This fairytale retold could easily be read as a stand-alone, however I love how characters from other retold stories play supporting roles in others. Having that knowledge of their origins just enrich the tales even more. The creativity of the storyline makes it a magical experience to absorb page after page. It bothers me more to have to pause following the tale in order to complete one of life’s demands. Selfish me wants to pause real life instead! A joy to experience, I look forward to another tale retold. All my reviews are always voluntarily written.