Act like a lady. Don't swim in the waterfall. And whatever you do, never slip into the woods for a romantic, moonlit ride.
When a princess turns 18, she is not supposed to sneak away from her own birthday celebration with the first handsome prince she meets. But Pippa is not just any princess, and there is nothing she enjoys more than a moonlit ride through the woods. Only one thing could ruin a beautiful evening under the stars with Galinor, the dark-haired, blue-eyed prince of Glendon - and that's her father tracking her down.
When King Ewan catches Pippa, he orders her to spend 12 days of confinement in the castle. This is an inconvenience for the princess, considering 30 princes and lords have come from all across the Kingdoms of Elden to fight in a tournament for her hand in marriage. Not willing to stand idly by while her fate is being decided, Pippa enlists the help of her childhood friend Archer, master archer of the kingdom. Together, they make a pact to do everything in their power to ensure Galinor's victory in the tournament.
But as the events progress and the stakes get higher and higher, Pippa and Archer are forced to not only confront marauding bandits, angry dragons, and King Ewan's wrath, but also the growing attraction between them....
©2015 Shari L. Tapscott (P)2016 Shari L. Tapscott
This is a great story; however, I enjoyed reading the book more than listening to it--mostly because of the narrator's voice. The narrator sounded like she was trying to be syrupy sweet and breathy which is not at all how I feel Pippa was characterized in the story. I hope the author has an opportunity to select a different narrator for her future books; one whose voice better fits the personality and character of the stories' lead. The book however is awesome!
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Summary: A small kingdom hosts a tournament to draw people together and marry off its princess.
- The narrator does a nice job with the reading. Most voices are distinct, though many of the male characters sound similar. The recording itself has a few of those natural pops that are crazy hard to get rid of, but I don't mind too much.
- Pippa (3/5 stars) - the main character is occasionally really annoying.
- side characters (4/5 stars) - fairly well developed
- Bad guy (3/5 stars) - tiresomely "evil"
- Star-crossed lovers thing - was predictable but fitting
- Ending (3.5/5 stars) - Everything works out as one would expect, no great surprises.
- tournament fights are described decently well
- side plots were sometimes more interesting than the main plot
- I think I would have stopped reading about midway through if it were just the book, but the narration adds a nice layer to it.
Conclusion: It's the sort of story many people will feel they've heard a hundred times before. The fantasy elements are minimal at best, so if you're looking for magic and mystery, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a sweet YA romance you know's gonna work out in the end, go for it.
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