A STABLE BOY
When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.
But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.
And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.
Title: The Princess Will Save You
Author: Sarah Henning
Expected Publication: July 7, 2020 (available now!)
Date Read (finished): July 13, 2020
Rating: ⭐ 4/5
This book is a story about love, identity, and epic girl-power!
In case the title wasn’t a hint, the princess does the saving in this twist on a classic damsel-in-distress story. Since I was a little girl, I always loved the idea of the princess saving herself (or at least taking part in the saving). I dreamed of princesses who could be beautiful in a ballgown but just as calculating and skilled with a sword. And that’s exactly what I got in The Princess Will Save You!
Inspired by The Princess Bride, it should be noted that the plot of this book is NOT a retelling. Amarande and Luca are their own characters in a story that goes beyond one outlined by the classic. With that said, since I grew up watching The Princess Bride movie, there were a few moments where I couldn’t help but think of similarities. (not a bad thing! just a note…)
Now I need to gush about Amarande and Luca! Amarande is every bit warrior princess that her father trained her to be, but I love that her character also acknowledges her limits. She is not afraid to speak up in a world that has constantly told her to stand down. It also helps when your best friend and love, Luca, supports you in every way he can. Luca is so sweet and caring, and I love how he isn’t afraid to admit the princess can beat him in a duel.
I think a huge part of this story’s world-building is the politics of the kingdoms. A map would have been nice to help organize my thoughts on where events were happening, but I wouldn’t say it is absolutely necessary. Also, it may have just been that I read a NetGalley copy for this review, so please don’t skip out on reading this amazing book just for that detail.
The Princess Will Save You is a thrilling adventure of romance that you don’t want to miss. With an ending that I definitely didn’t see coming, I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Until next time, happy reading! ♡