In the Twelve Realms there lives a man who covets life. He lurks in the shadows, intent upon stealing that which sustains his perpetual existence: true beauty. Princess Caityn’s loveliness reaches from what the eye sees to the very marrow of her soul. The thief’s covetous heart desires the life her beauty possesses and will stop at nothing to take it all.
I give 4/4.5 stars out of 5
This is a lovely book and an enjoyable read. A new fairytale classic. It begins a little slow, depending on what you consider slow (everyone is different) and peaceful, where everything seems wonderful and a dream come true for Princess Caityn. But the peace doesn’t last long. The Princess is attacked one fateful evening, as the person known as the Beauty Thief steals away what is most precious to her: her inner beauty. And since that moment, she becomes an empty shell of a person who can barely grasp emotions or what it means to feel anymore. The race is on as her Prince and friends work to get back what was stolen and make her whole once more, before it is too late. The clock is ticking, and the Beauty Thief is nowhere to be found. Can they save Caityn’s life and restore her lost heart, her inner beauty, or is she doomed to remain this pitiful existence that knows only anger and bitterness? What perils must they face on this quest, and can they survive it? You’ll have to read it to find out! 🙂
The writing isn’t always perfect, but the story makes it a worthwhile read, in my opinion.
Story contains: There is sword fighting, creepy thieves, a dangerous quest, castles and extensive kingdoms inside this book and its world known as The Twelve Realms. We get a glimpse of these Realms, but there is so much more yet to lear; I hear that the sequel and following books will show us more, and delve further into these other lands. I am looking forward to that!
Characters: The villain, named The Beauty Thief, is a villain to match any of the classic fairytales’ villains with his cunning, greed and evil. The Prince, however, is more than charming; he is a strong male role model, and a person like you or me with genuine feelings and emotions; his love for Caityn drives him to the ends of the Realms to try and save her. Caityn is an interesting character to follow throughout the story as she goes from being sweet, loving and kind to bitter, harsh and unable to understand others’ feelings. She often wonders why people care about her, and thinks they are idiots for caring. Overall, I enjoyed the different characters and how they interacted.
Plot: I really liked the concept of the Beauty Thief and the lesson within its plot. It speaks of inner beauty being the most important beauty, for without it we are like empty shells and unable to understand love.
I recommend this book to all who read fairytales, and stories with princesses, genuine love, and the battles between good vs evil.
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