Rhis, princess of a small kingdom, is invited along with all the other princesses in her part of the world to the coming of age party of the Crown Prince of Vesarja, which is the central and most important kingdom. When Iardith, the prettiest and most perfect of all the princesses, is abducted, Rhis and her friends go to the rescue.
What happens to Rhis and her posse has unexpected results not only for the princesses, but for the princes who chase after them. Everyone learns a lot about friendship and hate, politics and laughter, romantic ballads and sleeping in the dirt with nothing but a sword for company. But most of all they learn about the many meanings of love.
Give me a book about princesses and I will give you MY HEART. Holy crap was this book fun. It’s fluffy and funny with just enough trope-twisting to keep me happy. It is literally about a group of princesses setting out to rescue one of their own and maybe save the world in the process.
Yes, I totally called all the major plot points miles before they happened. And I knew all the character development stuff and the ending was completely obvious in an almost-trite sort of way.
That is not the point. The point is that there are so many amazing characters in here, diverse characters with fully fleshed-out backgrounds and lives. The point is that they go on adventures and they have different personality types and the Mean Princess even has motivation beyond being just mean and being a froofy princess is no better or worse than being a warrior princess and the protagonist is so NICE if somewhat naive and I had SUCH a good time reading it.
It’s a fun book! It doesn’t take itself too seriously but it takes the CHARACTERS seriously, and I can totally get behind that.
Read: February 5-6, 2015