I snatched this book off of the NetGalley shelves as soon a I read the author bio. Steven Savile has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, Guild Wars, Warhammer, Slaine, Star Wars and the Jurassic Park series. I ADORED Torchwood and all its crazy, so how could I go wrong? Well, I was a little disappointed with the pacing, but a long lost princess of an alternate fairytale dimension? Well, I can point out every flaw, but I still couldn’t help but love it. If You like your fairytales dark and your storybook creatures even darker, this is a book to consider. It is $2.99 in ebook format on Amazon right now.
Ashley is an seemingly average, awkward fifteen year old, but when evil forces combine and assassins cross the veil that keeps the Moonlands separate from modern day London, it quickly becomes clear that everything she thought she knew has been a carefully maintained glamour. When the alpha sent to kill Ashley realizes he, too, might have been betrayed, he must decide whether to follow through on his mission or to turn traitor and protect the one true heir to the Moonlands. This book begins with a slow start as readers are introduced to the players. It isn’t until almost halfway through the book that the interesting action really takes off, but when it does, readers won’t want it to end. The characters and the premise are interesting. The threat is believable. Ashley is a dynamic protagonist who knows her own mind and more about who she is than she realizes. The pacing, though, is continually a problem. Beyond the top heavy exposition, the journey portion of the quest is too short and the trials are all smashed together. The romantic relationship is rushed and the connection comes across as superficial when it was suppose to be much deeper. Did I really care? No. I’d read a long lost princess story any day, and this one was worth it.
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.