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.
Sissy: There are hundreds of fairy tale retellings out there in book-land but I’m not tired of them yet. I’m not ashamed to say that well past my young adult years I still am very fond of all things magical, romantic, and dreamy. There is something different and refreshing about The Princess of Tyrone, book one of the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles. As the series title suggests, there is a subtle sci-fi element in the story. The characters live in different states of technology awareness depending on which planet they reside, but even the ones who have space ships and transporters still have an old-world state of mind when it comes to things like women and clothing.
Bubby: I too adore fairy tale re-tellings, especially when they have a bit of a twist. Adding all the technological details really made this Sleeping Beauty retelling new and vibrant. The characters in Princess of Tyrone really spoke to me. The three fairy guardians are not all Disney-fied, but have real personality and emotions. Allard and Apolline impressed me so much with their loyalty and devotion to the oaths that they have made. We could use more of that in the real world!
Sissy: There are many players in this story who are not who they appear to be and have been placed (or have put themselves) in Apolline’s life to guide and protect her. It is really fun when you find out their true identities.
Bubby: Ooo, like the pirate Barnibos! He seems like such a complete lawless scoundrel but he has a bit of a secret. I’d tell you but you know what I’m going to say. Spoilers! The fact that Apolline is a master huntress as well as a full participant in all the battles and skirmishes that happen during the story made me happy. Hooray for damsels who get themselves (albeit with help) out of distress!
Sissy: In my opinion, if you can survive in the woods and take down magical yuckah beasts, you’re better prepared for whatever your future may hold. I know how to fish and catch frogs and that gives me a great deal of peace of mind for the coming zombie apocalypse.
Bubby: Really? You’re going to make it out alive because of fishing and frog-gigging? It’s a good thing that your beloved has some skills! I personally am going to survive by baking brains-flavored cookies and throwing them at the zombies. It’s a great plan!
Sissy: Right. Gross. Back to the Princess of Tyrone. My favorite things about this retelling are the imaginative semi-sci-fi surroundings, the sassy and feisty nature of heroine Apolline, and the fact that everything is underpinned by traditional, lovely magic. So if you are not tired of fairytale retellings (I can’t imagine myself ever wearying of them), Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead is an excellently new and unique choice!
Bubby: I couldn’t agree more. Except that I would add to the favorites list the interestingly dual-natured cast of characters. A delightful treat for fairy tale fans everywhere! Before you leave, the author has a giveaway for you to enter. You could win an Amazon gift card and 3 fabulous e-books!
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