Title: Princess of Thorns
Author: Stacey Jay
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Teens & YA
Publisher: Random House Children’s Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Game of Thrones meets Grimm in a twisted continuation of the Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess, who must fight to reclaim her throne in a politically fraught fantasy world.
Known for reimagining traditional fairy tales, Stacey Jay delivers a fast paced romantic fantasy adventure twisted in a feminist direction, featuring the fairy blessed warrior princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, who doesn’t take life lying down.
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, mercy, and yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of a handsome cursed prince in order to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years before.
In spite of being uncertain of who to trust, Aurora grows close to Prince Niklaas during their arduous quest. Still nothing will stop her from reclaiming the crown that is rightfully hers and gaining control over her future. Will they triumph over evil and reach her brother whose days are numbered? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will forever keep them from finding their one true love?
This is an interesting new concept of fairy tales. Aurora or Ror, to the fairies, has been learning everything to make her a better warrior after her mother died passing the fairy blessing on to her. She has tried to do everything to protect her brother but somehow he is capture by the evil queen, the step mother of her father who happens to be an ogre also.
Ror will do everything and anything to get her bother back, even be a boy. That is how she meets up with Prince Niklaas who wants to meet “Aurora” to marry her. Niklaas didn’t realize who Ror really is because she is dressed as a boy. Since Niklaas thinks Ror is a boy he does try to hide his relationships that he had with women. You know how some boys can be. But Ror goes with it even trying to explain that Aurora would not be with Niklaas at all. Both of them have curses that they need each other to get better. You have to wonder if they will realize that they need each other as they are to win.
You will read different tales in this book. It was fun to read about the different fairies tales partly because you see them in a different light. I do hope that Stacey Jay will write more on the fairy tales that are unusual but oh so wonderful with how she writes them. You will enjoy Princess of Thorns if you like reading about fairy tales in different light then most would write. I do not want to give away to much because it was enjoyable reading without knowing what would happen. Yes there is a happy ending.