Publisher: Afterglow Productions
Date of publication: October 3, 2014
Genre: Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tales
Series: Crowns of Twelve
The Rose in the Briar—Book 5
In The Mean While—Book 7
Purchase Links: Amazon
One prince. One mistake. One… chicken?
What would YOU do for love?
17-year-old Prince Sylas of Killeagh wants what everyone else wants: control over his own life. When he tries to run away from home and escape an arranged marriage, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with a robber in the woods. Hiding behind a mask, the robber girl seems to lead a life of freedom Sylas has only dreamed of. Their adventure comes to an end when the Castle Killeagh guards hunt Sylas down and he’s forced to return home. He convinces his parents to allow him to find the girl again and consider her as a candidate for marriage, but he only has until the next full moon to find her, or all bets are off.
Death has a name, and it is Crwys. As a ban sidhe, her job is to visit the great houses of The Summer Isle and keen out the living to prepare them for death. King Sionnach has far outlived his days and it is time he crosses the Unliving World. When she arrives, a young prince named Sylas intervenes and offers to go in his grandfather’s stead. This break with tradition, and selfless sacrifice, move Crwys into loving Sylas, who looks so much like a shadow from her past. But when he crosses her to be with his true love, he invokes the wrath of a woman scorned.
Rós is just a little, aura-seeing, red hen whose master believes she is chosen by the gods. Her arrival at King Sionnach’s court is insignificant to Sylas at the time, but their destinies are interwoven. Can she help Sylas save himself from the curse Crwys has planned for him? Or will he become a fallen frog prince?
As stated in the synopsis, this book is a fantastic retelling of The Frog Prince and what a retelling it is. The author did something that I have rarely seen while reading books. She took a villain and told HIS side of the story. And guess what, he really wasn’t as bad as he was made out to be in the other books!!!
I loved Sylas Mortas’s story and what made me love it is that it had Ros in it. Ros had her own story in A Piece of Sky, where she carried a magical acorn to safety. When I saw that she made a reappearance (and was a major factor) in this book, I was excited. I loved her character in that book and her character didn’t disappoint in this book either.
The story was awesome too. The story is told of a prince who made the ultimate sacrifice, three times, for the people he loves.
I did feel bad for Crwys at points in the book. All she wanted was to be loved and by trying to force Sylas to love her, she made an enemy.