All her life, Apolline has been told stories of the royal families in her galaxy. They are perfect, like fairytales, and, although she knows they are true, she has no idea how true they are, how personal. After all, she is just an orphan living on a small agricultural planet with three fairies for adoptive aunts. So, she takes pleasure in her hunting duties, awaiting the day she turns twenty-one and marries her betrothed, a man she does not even know the name of.
Princess of Tyrone was just about perfect. Nearly every book I read has something I do not like about it, but this one had only a few small details. I truly enjoyed this odd combination of space travel and technology with magic and fairytales. It was as cute, sweet, and romantic as a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” should be while adding a fierce, gun-slinging heroine traveling about in spacecraft. I truly enjoyed it.
The romance was sweet…and a little frustrating. The reader knows from the beginning that Apolline is the missing princess and the young man, Allard, who keeps coming to see her is her betrothed. But they do not know they are each other’s betrothed, which makes the romance a little frustrating for the reader. They fight their attraction even though they will be together in the end. They are disloyal to each other in having a relationship with each other… Just the kind of complicated relationship I like!
And the setting is pretty neat. There are fairies, ogres, dwarves, elves, and the rest. But instead of being mystical beings, they are, well, aliens from another planet, solar system, or galaxy. Magic and technology coexist; there are castles and spaceships on the same planet. The different empires contain several planets in a galaxy. The media is present and powerful. It was all extremely interesting and unique. The author was certainly accurate in comparing the story to a mix of fairytale and Firefly.
Princess of Tyrone was a wonderfully written book I would recommend to fans of fairytales and science fiction. I am excited to read any other books written by Katie Hamstead.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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