- File Size: 6454 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 064808017X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Luminant Publications (January 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N1495EO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (The Four Kingdoms Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The Princess Pact tells the story of Marie, who was first introduced in The Princess Companion as an ally to Alyssa. She is a princess who never quite looks as much like a princess as she is supposed to. In this book, she learns why that is. It's a whole lot closer to the story of "Rumpelstiltskin" than The Princess Fugitive was to "Little Red Riding Hood." Marie's mother is the miller's daughter who married into royalty when she demonstrated that she could spin straw into gold, and Marie is the child who was promised to Rumpelstiltskin in return. The twist, however, is that Marie is not the queen's daughter, but rather Rumpelstiltskin's. This revelation is earth-shattering to the teenage princess and places a rift between her and her family that takes the remainder of the book to mend.
The villain, who is known as "R" for most of the story, takes on a role reminiscent of another famous fairy tale character, the Pied Piper. He uses an enchanted jewel to lure all the children away from their parents and into his rebel camp, giving it a bit of a Hunger Games feel. The jewel's hypnotic power is similar to that of Jafar's staff from Aladdin. This enchanted jewel was used first by the villain in the preceding novella, Happily Ever Afters, which focuses on the adventures of the two merchant cousins from The Princess Fugitive, Sarah and Evelyn. Unfortunately, the villain in that book is not very interesting compared to Rumpelstiltskin, but it does foreshadow a taste of the jewel's powers and where it came from before Marie got involved with it.
I enjoyed the romance in The Princess Pact even more than The Princess Companion or The Princess Fugitive. Marie falls for a handsome adventurer named Rafe who helps her to locate Rumpelstiltskin's rebel camp. Rafe and Marie have an adorably awkward chemistry when they first meet. Their feelings toward each other become more intense as they become entangled with R's schemes must work together as spies. Since they are the only ones who are not under the jewel's spell, it is imperative that they are able to trust each other, and that trust quickly develops into something deeper. Rafe also becomes fast friends with Marie's playful brother, Prince William, who shares his thirst for adventure.
Also, the characters were not very deep and the dialogue was a little stilted. The romance was alright, but it didn't strike me as at all realistic or compelling and it seemed very similar to the other romances in this series. The book was full of cliches and the end seemed much to easy--I was never worried at all for anyone. One last problem; Rafe was pretty much perfect, from his looks to his skills, which sort of killed his character for me. But it wasn't an all bad story.
When R, Rumpelstiltskin, returns. Marie learns more about him and his plot for her to be queen.
I enjoyed the read, and I like the HEA ending.
Here's to more good things to come for and from the author. (See author's acknowledgements in back.) Thanks for an enjoyable clean series.
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Good for 6th grade and up.
Content: Clean read. G rated love scenes. No Language.