Author: Lex Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Standalone Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: his perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit.
When word reaches Taylor that Idi the Witchking has captured Atticus, Taylor is determined to save his brother. He enlists the help of rakish and insufferable Corentin Devereaux, likewise of enchanted lineage. A malicious spell sends Taylor and Corentin on a road trip through the kitschy nostalgia of roadside Americana. To save Atticus, they must solve the puzzles put forth by Idi the Witchking. As they struggle, Taylor and Corentin’s volatile partnership sparks a flash of something more. But princesses have many enemies, and Taylor must keep his wits about him because there’s nothing worse than losing your heart… or your head.
Review: I’m convinced that no one but Lex Chase could take two classic fairy tales, mix them up, twist them around each other, add just the right amount of quirky humor, and end up with a completely original and delightful story!
Taylor is the black sheep of the Hatfield family, a prominent family of Enchants. His brother Atticus is the hereditary Snow White and, according to Taylor’s parents, the perfect son. Taylor, on the other hand is not. He’s rather an embarrassment to the family, and they are trying very hard to ignore that he exists. He’s apparently curseless, a terrible stigma for an Enchant, and he’s gay. Could it get any worse? Well, yes, it can.
Taylor and his fairy godfather Ringo are preparing to celebrate Taylor’s 25th birthday when a most unwelcome visitor appears. It is Prince Phillipa Montclair, Taylor’s chosen bride, come to fetch him home for their wedding. Taylor is trapped. Afraid he has no choice other than to do his duty to Enchant tradition and the Hatfield legacy, he agrees to the marriage. The day comes, and Taylor realizes that he absolutely cannot do this. He and Ringo take off in the middle of the ceremony, leaving Atticus to deal with the fallout.
Atticus gets quite a surprise when he learns that Charles, an apparently harmless friend, turns out to be harboring the spirit of Idi, the Witchking. Taylor’s marriage is part of a larger scheme and Charles is very unhappy to see his plan falling apart. He calls out Corentin Devereaux, a Huntsman, to find and kill Taylor. Corentin finds Taylor and Ringo at a rest stop, broke and out of gas, and offers them a ride, intending to take care of matters as soon as the opportunity presents itself. It’s a good plan, but Corentin learns that Atticus is being held captive by Charles and decides instead to help Ringo and Taylor save Atticus.
Charles is in no mood to be thwarted and sends the trio on an endless road trip, jumping from place to place but never accomplishing anything except seeing some of the kitschiest roadside attractions in the country and generally wreaking havoc along the way. Nothing is as it seems, and it’s interesting to see the relationship develop between the MCs as they learn more and more surprising things about each other. I can’t tell you anymore without spoiling the fun, but I can say that I loved the way everything turned out.
This book is pure fun. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, thoroughly enjoyable read with a good dash of pure fantasy, I would highly recommend it. It’s the first in a series, and I’m anxious to see what Lex comes up with next.