This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead
Series: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1
Also in this series:Myths of Mish
Also by this author: Myths of Mish
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: March 31, 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn't flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone. All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love's kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable. Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming-but he's not hers to have. He's betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms. But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever. A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!
The names may be changed to protect the innocent but this is a re-telling of sleeping beauty. I want to warn you of that upfront because if you are expecting the “story” but uniquely different characters then you will dissatisfied. So you now know the premise in its entirety. So what makes this story worth reading?
The setting is very creative. It is set in a unique solar system with space pirates, hovercrafts, and laser guns, oh my! So that is actually pretty neat for sci-fi fans like myself. The main character Appoline is raised by her three fairy aunts and actually becomes quite a skilled hunter who has no idea of her real identity. The story is written in first person from Appoline’s point of view but then alternates to third person so that we can learn what is going on with the other characters and their motivation.
I liked that we got to know Appoline’s backstory, who she is, what she was good at, her cleverness. It made for great character depth. Due to her upbringing she understands the value of hard work, danger and how to take care of herself. There is a scene with Ogres that is comical and you will love it. A princess that can handle a gun as well as any man—who does not love the idea of a gun toting princess??
Allard, the Prince of Oran, is wonderful as well. I love that we get to be apart of his inner struggles as he tries to convince himself of his “innocence” in regards to his motives for spending time with Appoline, after all he is betrothed and he has no idea of Appoline’s true identity…the cad. His intentions are pure, so I cannot fault him too much. He is charming, witty, and not like what you would expect from a prince but what you want every prince to be.
If you also love most fairytales, then this story will not disappoint. There are a variety of well-known fairytales referenced in this book but they are from the point of view of the fairy that was involved, an insider view. Love that! Also, this story is written in a way that includes the children of the original story tale characters and they are nicely done. Not only are they a pleasant element there is a connection between the families that promises more in the following chronicles. Nice!
The supporting characters do weave their way into your heart. We get some backstory on them and it is enough to make them endearing. The villain in this story is twisted and corrupted but you get to see that there is a struggle going on inside. She is like a hurting wild animal and her choices reflect that but you get the feeling that there is redemption if she would only have the courage to take that step.
The ending of this story is different than what you would expect, knowing the original story. I liked it. When Allard discovers who Appoline really is…well it is written wonderfully. Do not expect some kind of epic battle; it is more a battle of wits for Allard. He needs to truly see what tools are available to him in his circumstance, and then have to courage to pursue his path.
I thought that this story took the original one-dimensional plot and made it three-dimensional. The Author really fleshed out the characters for me and added realism to the mix. I am not the hugest fan of story re-telling’s or fairytales but I did find this to be an easy read that was enjoyable. I might even have to read the next book in the series, depending on what character from this book it surrounds.
*Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press & NetGalley for this ARC of Princess of Tyrone*