The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué
The crown is her strength. The crown is her weakness.
Princess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother’s matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.
Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a mysterious sorcerer-prince and become entangled in a curse that threatens the safety of her family and her people. Lily can free them, but the price for freedom may be more than she’s willing to pay.
The Firethorn Crown, a re-imagining of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, is the first novel in The Firethorn Chronicles, a series inspired by fairy tales and other classic stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.
This was a lovely reimagining of the fairy tale Twelve Dancing Princesses. The color and light of the human world seem even brighter in contrast with the rich darkness of the fairy world. All the many characters were characters in their own right rather than just a crowd in the background. The romance was clean, finely drawn, and thoroughly enjoyable. I’m looking forward to continuing this series as well. Very noblebright.
This book review originally appeared on C. J. Brightley’s blog.