The series begins in the kingdom of Lauramore, where a group of neighboring princes, knights, and lords must compete in a tournament for the hand of Princess Pippa. Little do the competitors know that Pippa has already chosen her champion (or so she thinks!), and she will stop at nothing to ensure he succeeds.
The remainder of the series introduces new female protagonists while intertwining their stories with Pippa's and the endearing male characters introduced in the first story.
What I Liked:
Pippa of Lauramore: She's vivacious, and doesn't take "no" for an answer. She hates idleness, and refuses to suffer it in the other characters. I loved how, once her focus novel ended, she either played a part or was mentioned in the other novels.
Grace of Vernow: Of all the female protagonists, I related to Grace the most. She's quiet, bookish, and possesses a strength it takes her awhile to discover.
Irving of Primewood: Oh, Irving, you charmer! I'm so glad his story ends the way it does.
Connecting Characters: I really liked how, once the characters were introduced in the first novel, they continued to either appear in the other novels or were at least mentioned.
Magic, But Not Too Much: There is magic and magical beings in the series, but it's not the main focus. The stories are strongly character-driven.
What I Didn't Like:
Lionel's Demise: Okay, Lionel isn't the most likeable character, but his story didn't have closure. Does he ever become a better person, or remain a jerk?
Poor Bran: Of all the major characters, Bran doesn't really get a happily-ever-after. I wish there were one more novel that focused on a love for Bran.
If you enjoy happily-ever-afters with strong female protagonists and a hint of magic, then you owe it to yourself to read this series. And you'll be begging for more!
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!