A CURSED PRINCESS. A LEGENDARY OUTLAW. A LITERAL DEADLINE.
Her soul will be lost forever, unless she wins the love of the noblest of men.
Cursed in her cradle by a vengeful fairy queen, Princess Fairuza of Arbore thought her fate was secure in the hands of her betrothed — until he chose another as his bride.
After the last attempt to find another prince to save her fails, Fairuza’s world fades to black, and she awakens in a castle, unseen and unheard by all—then a thief breaks in, and sees her.
But Robin Hood is no prince charming, and he’s leaving for Faerie, to save Maid Marian from the Wild Hunt. Seizing her last chance to find royals who can break her curse, she joins him and his Merry Men.
Once in Faerie, the Summer King puts them through deadly trials, in exchange for his hand and help. But as they struggle to survive, Fairuza begins to fade. The longer her soul remains detached from her body, the sooner their tie will be severed.
As her time runs out, she finds herself falling in love with Robin, despite knowing that this would doom her forever…
“Makes you question what was fate, and what was fairies.”
When I didn’t think I could get more impressed or in love with this series, Lucy Tempest goes and absolutely knocks it out of the park. If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you’ll know that Fairytales of Folkshore have been a consistent 5 star series for me, and that the way that the stories are interwoven and entangled bring such joy that it’s easy to get lost in this world.
Brief spoilers for previous books can be found below
Dreamer of Briarfell, the seventh installation, did not disappoint and in fact surpassed all of my expectations. Fairuza was not introduced as a likeable character during Ada’s story. This stood to reason as they were both vying for the hand of the Prince, so rivalry is to be expected and if we’re seeing it from Ada’s side, the opponent won’t be shown in the greatest light. The further we delve into Ada’s trilogy, the more we see her as a morally grey character who, whilst her main concern is herself, proves herself to not be entirely selfish or ‘villainistic’.
“We do this together, Fairuza – or not at all!
Fairuza is our Sleeping Beauty in this retelling, and as we all know how the disney version goes, I was incredibly curious as to who our Prince Phillip would be and who Fairuza would walk with Once Upon A Dream – and let me tell you that when I found out who it was I was absolutely SHOCKED. I, if I’m being honest, wasn’t exactly sure how Lucy was going to pull this off as our ‘Prince Phillip’ had his own Maid prior to this retelling and I didn’t know how it would work. All of my concerns were for naught as it worked perfectly.
I don’t want to go into too much of what happened within the book, so as to not spoil anything, so I will just talk about what I loved about this book.
The way that Fairuza is represented and the twist on the sleep until she is awakened by True Love’s Kiss curse was beautiful. The fact that Fairuza would grow to be one of my favourite characters within this series has blown my mind and was not something I was expecting, she has such strength and courage within her that was just waiting to be brought to the surface. The way that the relationships were able to be developed, through the twist, was absolutely perfect and not something I would have thought of.
“I’ve had such a grey view of the world for so long, I kept hoping someone would come and paint over it for me. Any color would have done, really. But with your opinions, and the hope they give me, you’re painting it every bright color I’ve forgotten exists.”
One of the things that I really enjoy about these series are the allusions to future retellings and the insight into other characters lives, so you get a feeling for where the future books may be heading. There is a lot of foresight within these books and it is wonderful to see guesses come true in each new edition. The budding relationships between other characters within the stories is also lovely to see, it’s like we have several mini storylines interwoven throughout the main one, with no conclusion left untouched.
I have really enjoyed seeing Lucy grow as an author and bring her stories to life in such a humourous, heartfelt and beautiful way. I eagerly await her further works and will immediately preorder them as they become available.