So this is a little bit of a departure from my normal reviews. I strive to review and promote indie authors. I came across this review that I did for Dawn Cook/Kim Harrison’s The Decoy Princess. It is the first book review that I ever did, so I figure that I’d share it with you guys. I hope you enjoy!
The Bookworm’s Review
I must admit that when I first picked up this book, I was expecting your typical romance fantasy faire. I was pleasantly surprised. The Decoy Princess departs from the predictable premises and gives the reader an intriguing story. The book follows the adventures of Tess, whose world is turned upside down upon learning that she is not really royalty but only a pawn used to protect the real princess.
The story starts with a decidedly spoiled Princess Contessa (Tess) dragging her steward/body guard throughout the streets in order to shop and find a wedding gift for her future husband. The reader is shown a flighty girl obsessed with the thought of marrying and obsessing over what she views as her inadequacies when it comes to romance. But then the whole story is twisted by an not so chance encounter with a gypsy caravan. This is where we find out that he steward/protector Kavenlow is much more than he seems.
Upon returning to the castle, Tess finds that her betrothed has arrived weeks early. But in a story where no one is quite what they appear to be, the Prince has other plans for the kingdom. He kills the king and queen upon learning that Tess isn’t the crown princess at all and that Kavenlow has been sent to fetch her. Tess must fight her own feelings of shock and betrayal as Prince Garret has sinister plans for his soon to be wife.She escapes the monster who kills her parents only to be pursued by his loyal servant, Jeck, who has a couple of secrets of his own.
The story truly is a chess match on a grand scale. Watching Tess graduate from pawn to player is an amazing journey. I really enjoyed how the author was able to lure me in with a story that was familiar and then take it into a new and exciting direction. For me the story has major re-read value.