Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
After the war between the faery kingdoms ended, it was decided that heirs to the three victorious kingdoms would intermarry to prevent another war from occurring. When Prince Chrysanths of the Earth kingdom is informed of his upcoming marriage to the prince of the Air kingdom, he runs away preferring to marry for love. Will he change perform his duty or will this lead to the next faery war?
Prince Chrysanths is the heir apparent to the throne of the Earth faery kingdom. However, some in the kingdom believe he is not fit to sit on the throne, as he is actually also half human. One day while he taking lessons on the history of the great faery war, he is summoned to meet his mother. She informs him that the marriage clause is being invoked since the announcement of the engagement of the Water prince and an Air princess has been announced. Chrysanths is to be wed shortly to the prince of the Air kingdom. Chrysanths, who prefers to be known as Puck, sees this as an interference of wanting to marry for love and decides to run away to the human world and visit his father to wait out the engagement period and marriage date.
Prince Sky of the Air faery kingdom takes his duty seriously. While he is not thrilled with his impeding marriage, he sees no option but to go through with it. He figures that it could be worse…he could be marrying the Water prince. He travels to the Earth faery kingdom for the three-week engagement period to learn more about his betrothed. When Sky finds out that Puck has run away to the human world, he decides that he must go after the wayward prince and convince him to perform his duty and come back for the wedding. However, he finds that Puck is less than enthusiastic about the arranged marriage. The one bright spot seems to be Puck’s father Jim. He overhears Jim giving Puck advice about the situation and Sky is somewhat encouraged that things might work out after all. When Sky gets ill like his deceased father, will he be marrying Puck just to leave him a widow a short time later?
I found this modern day fairy tale thoroughly entertaining. It hits most of the themes of both a good romance and fairy tale. In a twist to the classic fairy godmother helping out the main character, it is Puck’s human father who fills that role. Sky fills in the character that is out of their element when he travels to the earth realm and finds things not totally to his liking. The Fire faeries, which were defeated in the faery war, also make their presence known. The only disappointment with that part of the story is that they seem to give up too easily once it becomes clear their plans did not work out. After working so many years to try to retake the faery kingdoms, you would think that their leader would do more than the equivalent of “Oh well. I tried my best” and give up.
The cover art by Anna Sikorska shows a shirtless man in blue jeans with dots where his missing wings would be. The young man has blue marking on his upper arms. I assume that this is possibly Sky with those markings but I’m not sure. It’s a nicely done cover for the book.
ebook, 200 pages
Published September 23rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634765168 (ISBN13: 9781634765169)