The village of Styesville has a dragon problem, and is in sore need of a knight in shining armor to solve it for them. Instead, they get a strange traveler in a ragged cloak they barely even notice at first. Worse still, it soon becomes clear the problem setting fire to their village isn’t as simple as a dragon…
Book – The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green
Author – Nicky Kyle
Star rating – ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 54
Movie Potential – ★★★★☆
Ease of reading – very easy to read and follow
Would I read it again – Yes!
** COPY RECIEVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **
This was a really lovely story about self-belief and trusting your instincts.
The main characters in this story are both women, both of whom have faced the dread of an arranged marriage, in a time when many women were meant to do as they were told and not argue. Through the tale of Princess Aldeaim, we’re told the story of a young Princess who takes her fate into her own hands, escaping a marriage she doesn’t want. This tale is used as a lesson for the young girl Louisa, who is in the same position. Of a lower class, her rights are no more than the Princess, so she feels she’ll be forced to marry Dane, despite Louisa being more partial to women.
Through incredible world building – at all, but especially for a short story – the role of the Faerie Godmother is played by Dea, who is a character. Witty, calm through chaos and very much the driving force of the story. Louisa is more timid; a daughter of an innkeeper, she feels trapped. It’s only when the two meet that Louisa finds her inner strength.
I found the 3rd person omnipresent POV to be perfect for this story. It allowed us to see all aspects of the story, without dragging it out unnecessarily. The originality of the plot and characters made this a sweet short read that will leaving you feeling happy.
I had to remove 1 star, just because I felt as if the story was just starting. I wanted so much more. More stories about this pair, more adventure and to see the city of Klarns for myself. Other than that, the story is great and holds a nice lesson that the heart wants what the hearts wants, even if no one else understands.