Sunday, 18 September 2016

Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

Title: Princess of Tyrone
Series: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles (#1)
Author: Katie Hamstead
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera, Fantasy, Fairy tale Retelling
Release Date: 31st March 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone. All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable. Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms. But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.  A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

I love space opera as a genre, and I love fairy tale retellings, both of which I'm sure my blog will prove, so this book was just spot on for me. I felt like it had all the action of a good space opera, teamed with a solid romance and a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty! 

The retelling part itself was actually quite faithful, complete with fairies, the Prince and the spinning needle. Of course there were some major differences, most notably the technology and other modernisations, and there was also the interwoven fairy stories. While Princess of Tyrone just retold Sleeping Beauty, there were other stories and legends mentioned that clearly related to other characters and I can't wait to find out more about those. 

I loved the budding relationship between Allard and Apolline, even if they didn't know who each other were they felt drawn to one another. However it was good to see the two of them acting honourably and considering whether they could actually betray the people they were betrothed to rather than just doing it. 

The narrative followed three characters, Apolline, Allard and Bryanna. Apolline's was first person while the other two were third, but for me that combination really worked. It helped bring the world to life, as well as making it clear who each chapter was about. 

Basically I loved this book, and I hope that there is more to come from this very talented author!