on June 28, 2022
Series: Romantic Fairy Tales for Adults #1
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
Source: Paperback from Author
They call me the Night Queen, with a heart as dark as the night itself. And as such, I will rule my future kingdom. No light shall ever touch my broken heart again.
On her twentieth birthday, the beautiful but arrogant Princess Mina von Rhine crosses the point of no return. Unwilling to be married off to a warmongering Northerner, she defies her father, the powerful King of the Rhine, and ridicules all her potential suitors.
Furious at her appalling behavior, her father vows to give Mina's hand in marriage to the first unmarried man who walks through the palace gates—be it nobleman or beggar. And when an impoverished Northern soldier arrives at the castle the following day, the king stands by his word and offers Mina to him.
This ill-suggested match, however, might prove of use to Mina after all. The Northern soldier doesn’t seem too fond of the marriage himself, so Mina offers the handsome but insufferable warrior enormous riches if he helps her escape into the North.
But the dangerous journey through war-torn lands forces the princess to realize that if she can’t melt her frozen heart, marriage might be the least of her concerns.
From the author
: This is a beautiful, dark, and romantic re-imagining of the long-forgotten German fairy tale 'King Thrushbeard' (first published by the beloved Brothers Grimm whose works include such classics as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel). If you’d love to read an
of a compelling old fairy tale and enjoy enemies to lovers romances with sizzling passion, then this book is a must-read for you.
The Night Queen is a romantic fantasy by Denise Daye. It is a re-imaiging of a Grimm Brothers tale called King Thrushbeard, which is an enemies to lovers story. This is the first book in a series called Romantic Fairy Tales for Adults, and though I know there will be a second book in these characters story, the series name also makes me think that there will be additional stories based on different fairy tales. I loved that this was based on a lesser know tale, so I didn’t have a road map for how the story was going to go from the start.
I enjoyed the story of the cold and detached princess Mina and the strong and stoic Alaric. Mina is trying to escape to the north to get out of an arranged marriage, and it is really her first view of the world outside of her castle. I did like the enemies to lovers vibe, but I found myself hoping that the story was a little longer. I flew through this book in about 2.5 hours and it was an easy quick read. I think it would be fine for new adult readers and even some upper ya readers. There is some sexual content but only in the later part of the book and it wasn’t too much. I was hoping for more tension between our two main characters throughout their journey. If you are a fan of fast paced reads, you will love this story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next one. It is great for a super quick and easy read. I enjoyed it. I was hoping for a bit more build up and detail between the characters, but this was a fun read and I can’t wait to see what is in store next for Mina.
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