Author: Demelza Carlton
Narrator: Mary Sarah
Length: 3 hours 4 minutes
Series: Romance a Medieval Fairytale, Book 3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Released: May 29, 2018
Genre: Fantasy; Romance
Two princesses. One prince. And the war has just begun. Once upon a time…Princess Ava was sent to a neighboring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia, and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince’s attention. Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war. But when all’s fair in love and war…who will win the battle for the prince’s heart? Contains mature themes.
USA Today bestselling author Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish. She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all. Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. Wow, this was a dark and gritty retelling! And I’m honestly surprised in such a good way. I mean, fairy tales were originally incredibly dark and I feel like oftentimes these retellings are watered down. So, go into this story expecting some rather dark and twisted themes.
This is the third book in this series that I’ve read and this series just keeps surprising me and getting better with each retelling. They’re all so different and distinct, yet still woven together by the writing. And they’re definitely getting darker the deeper we get into the series, which I am honestly happy for. Give me the dark and twisted and shocking and terrible in so many ways fairy tales! They’re meant to shake you up a bit and this one definitely does.
I really love all of the different ways the author has retold these classic tales. And I really love reading them as audiobooks, AKA the original way to hear a fairy tale. The series seems to just keep getting better and better with each story and I love that we’re getting a mixture of popular and lesser known fairy tales retold.
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*I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Demelza Carlton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.*