It’s the time of year to list your top reads of the year! And since I always have a tough time sorting such lists, I’ve given myself a theme of the top fairy tales/myth based books. I’ve narrowed it down to these 5.
The Princess and the Pea by A G Marshall
Alaric is under pressure to marry a princess. His family’s right to rule is being questioned, but with the right princess besides him, that would all be resolved. He finds the perfect woman – except that she’s a powerful warrior, not a princess, and she’s just awoken from an enchanted sleep to save the kingdom. I loved the way this took a familiar fairy tale and updated it. The friendships between the princesses were really refreshing too. Give this author a try.
The Princess Game by Melanie Cellier.
Celeste is not asleep, but she might as well be. She’s under a powerful enchantment that turned her from brilliant to foolish. Only she knows that her mind is still as alert as ever. The only way to break the spell is to find someone who loves her for more than her looks, but for that hidden mind as well. I think this was my favorite from the series because it’s so unexpected.
Endings by KM Shea
I loved this series of King Arthur and her knights, but it was the final book that really put it over the top for me into a 5 star read. The author wrapped everything up so beautifully that I was practically in tears. Just great.
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
I have gushed about this series again, but it’s just that good. If you haven’t tried her books, you are missing out.
The Green-Eyed Prince by Brittany Fichter
This novella takes the story of the Princess and the Frog and sets in an African setting. Queen Kartek’s people have been attacked by an evil sorceress and her only means of helping the people has been lost. A misshapen stranger offers to retrieve the magical item but only if she will marry him. I loved this one for the setting.
So that’s my list. I have plenty of others that almost made it, if you want more! What’s your favorite fairy tale?