- File Size: 630 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079143TZP
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Before all else, I have to say this: Mad props to Quinn, the ONLY person in the entire SERIES to drop everything to help out this exhausted enchantress-in-training who has time and again put her own issues on hold to help EVERYONE else! Angelique has become far more than just a wise-old-woman / fairy godmother archetype, so I just have to address her first (sorry to our current main hero and heroine for the delay). We're at a point where Angelique has just become so unhinged from external and internal pressures, we see her one step away from quitting. And then we see her core magic. I'll be honest. My first reaction was, 'Oh, that wasn't so bad.' But then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized, 'Actually, I'd end up hating my own power, too.' Most core magic abilities are multi-purposed. What they're good for is really up to the user. Stil, for example, can charm stuff for defense, communication, good luck, etc., etc. But Angelique has no such choice. With her core magic, what, really, can she do other than injure? No wonder she clings so strongly to learned spells. This book is worth reading for the addition to Angelique's arc alone.
However, we also have a strong story in the forefront of the book! I have to give Quinn mad props for several of her decisions throughout the book, honestly. I'm not sure how much I can say without giving away spoilers, so read on at your own risk. The romance was a bit different from the typical K.M. Shea novel, and I actually really liked it (for a change - I wouldn't necessarily want it to become the new norm ;P)! The curse's loophole was also different; rather than being contingent on romance, it demanded a very specific sacrifice that ended up being more about what's right than about who loves who. I really liked that take, and I think one could make the argument that this particular curse actually /wanted/ to be broken.
Okay, ummm, lessee, how do I say this next part without giving away spoilers... I don't like Roy. Plain and simple, I wanted Quinn to deck him so many times. She's better than that, of course, and of course he begs forgiveness at the end and gets it, and I'm not hardhearted enough to hold a grudge in this case... But still. His explanation at the end for why he acted as he did - that explains away his behavior for the second half of the book. But the first half? When he shamelessly flirted with Quinn despite not meaning anything by it, when he knew what she felt for him? When he cornered her into supporting him two seconds after stabbing a metaphorical knife in her gut and TWISTING? Fine, fine, I'll begrudgingly forgive him because Quinn does, but don't expect me to ever like him.
The elf king, on the other hand, I thought was a fantastically developed character! He's proactive about the curse on his people, doing what little he can to give them even a spark of hope until finally it pays off: Quinn shows up and turns that spark into a flame.
And Quinn is awesome. Have I mentioned yet how much I like her? How great she is not just for helping Angelique but for everything she does? I really can't go into specifics without spoilers, but she's capable and relatable, with understandable fears and moments of awe (prejudices, really, but I totally would have had similar feelings in her shoes, with all the reverence paid to elves in her culture and whatnot).
In short, if you have enjoyed any of the other Timeless Fairy Tales by Kitty, this book will not disappoint! You will want to read at least most of the others first, but make sure to add this one to your to-read list, at least! =D
I loved this one! I think it is one of my favorites of the whole Timeless Fairy Tale series! After the rather quiet, mostly non-actiony Frog Princess, this book ramps up the tension with a full on battle scene at the end.
I really liked the two main characters. Quinn is amazing and Emerys is so cool! I was rather scared at the beginning that this might be the one KM Shea book where I didn't ship the characters because of the whole Quinn and Roy thing, but it all worked out. :)
One thing I really liked is that while Quinn is very tough and a fighter, she is still a girl. She still squeals over a fluffy, cute wolf cub at one point and appreciates a fancy set of clothes, but she keeps her priorities straight when they matter.
And the reveal of Angelique's core magic...wow! I can't wait to see how all of this will be brought together in the next few books!
About the only thing I was disappointed by was that I really wanted to see the wedding at the end, but I can see why that didn't happen. (though due to the way things ended with Quinn and Angelique, we might see more Quinn in later books, which is just fine by me). Hopefully we'll get to see the wedding in a short story or later books!
I love the way that K.M. Shea takes a fairy tale and makes it her own. In a fun twist, the main character in this story is a soldier named Quinn. When one of her squad mates decides to try to solve the riddle of the princesses worn shoes, she and the rest of the squad agree to help him, despite their misgivings. Quinn is loyal, kind, courageous, and intelligent. She soon figures out that there is more to this mystery than twelve dancing princesses.
I love watching this series unravel. What started as fun fairy tale retellings is now turning into fun retellings with complex plots. As more kingdoms have faced curses and darkness, more is now being discovered about the cause, and a big standoff is looming. I love every new piece I learn about this puzzle, and admire how K. M. Shea could have had this planned all along! I especially loved seeing the Enchantress Angelique and how being everybody's hero is affecting her and wearing her down. I loved that Quinn could show her sympathy and support.
I can't wait to see what happens next!
Content: clean (a kiss, mild violence)
Series: Timeless Fairy Tales-while this could be read independently, I would highly recommend reading the whole series (or at least The Snow Queen book and the Frog Prince).
This book, builds on the previous books, in such a way, that we're starting to put the pieces together. K.M. Shea reveals a little more of her BIG plot for the series in each succeeding book. I can't wait for the next one!
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This installment is one of my favorites. The heroine is awesome, strong, humourous, sweet, and just generally likeable.Read more