Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Published: December 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Rating: 5 out of 5


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Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?



After reading so many series, I needed to read a stand alone, and Princess of Thorns fit the bill. I've read Stacey Jay books before so knew I wouldn't be disappointed, and I wasn't.

This isn't a retelling, in its true respect, more of an addition to the original story. After years of mourning the loss of her deceased mother, Aurora persuades her father to marry again. Her new mother is a fearsome magical queen of another realm, who also happens to be her mothers sister and aunt. Queen Ekeeta soon holds the kingdom and its King in a thrall of adoration for her, but Aurora, with the little magic she knows, breaks the curse and Aurora and her brother, Jor, witness the death of their beloved father. Before their own demise, Aurora and Jor are rescued in the nick of time and taken to safety by a kindly guard, who takes care of them and becomes a father figure for the next nine years.  Aurora spends the rest of her childhood planning to retake the kingdom which is hers by right.

Prince Nicklaas is also under a curse. His father loved to rule his own dragon kingdom so much he placed a curse on all his sons to die on their 18th birthday so they wouldn't take his throne. However, the witch who performed the curse changed it without the King knowing. Instead of dying, all the boys turned into swans and didn't die. Prince Nicklaas knows of this curse and hunts for the only way to be redeemed of his feathered fate. He pursued the witch, who eventually told him the only way to escape his fate is to marry a princess of another kingdom. Nicklaas begins his search for the lost Princess Aurora, knowing she's the only one left who can save him, and hoping he can use his wits and charm to get her to marry him before his 18th birthday.

This is a story of adventure, trust and of loss, and learning to deal with that loss. Whilst Nicklaas tends to be flippant and jovial, he carries his burden none too lightly, and feels his fate growing from the beginning. Aurora is more serious. She knows who is accountable for her fate and wants to punish the queen dearly. When Nicklaas and Aurora meet, you can tell fate has a hand and without knowing it, they both help each other overcome the sadness that sits on the horizon, waiting.

Throughout their many adventures, and while Nicklaas believes for the most that Aurora is a boy, their friendship grows steadily. Only near the end do the tangles of emotion hamper them, and that's only because of their stubbornness in trying to do the right thing.

I loved how the twist at the end sorted their relationship out. When they find the witch, the very one who placed the original curse on Nicklaas and his brothers, their paths should have separated but neither of them are that cold hearted as to leave the other behind. When they do, fate strikes again and brings them together for the finale.

For a stand alone, this book had a satisfying beginning, middle and end. And once done, with all ties nicely tethered, the story put my faith back into retelling's of fairy tales. Some authors, particularly Stacey Jay, can do them justice.



About the Author

Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

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