*I was sent an arc of A Dance With the Fae Prince in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Elise Kova for my copy of the book.*
Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.
But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.
As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.
Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidentally pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.
The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?
As always with Elise Kova’s books, this was a delight to read. I have loved her book for quite some time now and this one did not disappoint. However, I will say that it did take me over two weeks to finish as I struggled to connect with this book a little more than her other works. This was the same for the first book set in this world, A Deal With The Elf King, I don’t know why it takes me so long to read the books in this ‘series’ but I’m guessing it’s because I absolutely adore the books in the Air Awakens world and I am constantly holding her other books to that standard.
With that being said once I finally found my groove with this book I was hooked. I loved the Cinderella influence and I think it worked really well for this story, it didn’t have a huge effect on the plot, but I liked that it was a bit of added spice.
Katria was a pretty interesting character, although her stubbornness and completely naivety when it came to love did get a little grating after a while. However, she was strong, driven and determined, which I really enjoyed. At no point did she act as ‘the damsel in distress’ and I massively respect her for that.
The romance was super sweet at times and I do believe that Katria and Davien make a believable couple. The world love was probably thrown around a little too quickly, but hey this is just a book after all so who really cares about how soon it is. Especially when it’s a fantasy novel that is full of unbelievable things.
The main ‘twist’ of the book was (to me at least) easily guessable. There are a lot of clues and hints dropped throughout the book and when it all came to light I was not in the slightest bit surprised. This is not a bad thing as I quite like being able to guess the plot twists (it makes me feel clever) and this one was not completely over the top. I actually really liked the twist and I think it made a lot of sense for it to happen.
As I have said many times before Elise is a great worldbuilder. I find Midscape to be completely fascinating and so magical. I cannot wait for her next book that is set in this world.
Overall A Dance With the Fae Prince is a really great fantasy romance. If you are someone that loved The Folk of The Air trilogy and are looking for your next fae fix then I suggest you take a look at this book.
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