If you need a fairy-tale fix
This is a very cute, very short fairy-tale romance that plays out exactly
the way I would have wanted when I was a teen obsessed with Ever After.
Imelda and Ambrose are the king and queen of Love’s Keep, cursed to be
married but not in love, even though they fell in love with each other. Due to
the curse, Imelda does not remember falling in love with Ambrose and just as
they are about to go their separate ways they are approached by a witch who
promises she can give them what they both truly desire (freedom and power) in
exchange for a vial she needs from a Queen of a faraway land.
Thus, our adventure begins. There’s a lot of back-and-forth banter, fairy-tale
tropes, and magic. Pretty much all the things I enjoy, so I was a fan of this.
It’s a quick read, so don’t go into it expecting loads of drama and a slow build
or anything along those lines. It reminded me a lot of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust
or The Princess Bride in tone and its application of magic, which made the
short page count go by even more quickly.
Overall, if you need something romantic, magical and with a lot of running
gags (Badger!) you’ll absolutely enjoy this.
Title: Once More Upon a Time
Author: Roshani Chokshi
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