An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother's soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times best-selling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille's king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can't stop.
Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother's ascension to the throne wasn't fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.
So Ari recruits the help of Thad's enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague's criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair's weaknesses and saving Ari's brother - and Ari herself.
But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way - and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can't outwit him, she'll lose Sebastian, her brother, and her soul.
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In the spirit of being similar to the Lunar Chronicles, this series has a similar set up. We're following a different princess then in the last book, but we still know that the other one is around and involved. I think it would have been nice to get to have more interaction between the two, because otherwise it doesn't seem like much of a series, just a different book that has a similar setting.
This reminded me of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter); it was a new twist on a timeless story; with a comparable narrator.
I found the whole story to be very middle of the road. I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't listen to it again, and that being said, I'm not confident that I will continue on with the series.
- Claudia H
Better than The Shadow Queen