Review: A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: A Dance with the Fae Prince
Author: Elise Kova
Series: Married to Magic #2
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Audience: New Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Length: 12 hrs 57 mins (344 pages)
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Audio Release Date: June 21, 2022
Print Release Date: August 19, 2021
Source: Author
Recommended for fans of: Cinderella retellings, fae fantasy, happily ever afters
Content Warnings: death of parent, child abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, body horror, animal death, gaslighting, violence

SYNOPSIS

She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer.

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?

A Dance with the Fae Prince is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, as well as Cinderella, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

MY THOUGHTS

Elise Kova does it again! This is much lighter than her other series, but I loved this arranged marriage retelling of Cinderella with hints of the myth of Psyche and Eros. While it is the second book in the Married to Magic series and there are a few references to A Deal with the Elf King, each book is written as a standalone and can be read in any order. I preferred this book!

I simply adored all the characters and the found family aspect, I swooned over Katria and Davien’s unconventional slow burn romance, and I was awed by the magic and beauty of Midscape.

Considering this is a retelling with a promised happily ever after, the story was a bit predictable. However, that did not lessen my enjoyment at all. The writing, world building, conflict, and character growth kept me fully invested through to the end, and the ending gave me those five star feelings!

The newly released audiobook is narrated by Elizabeth Evans, whom listeners may recognize from the Crescent City and Throne of Glass audiobooks. I binged this audiobook at a time when I could barely pick up a physical book, and it was perfectly enjoyable and just what I needed.

I received and reviewed this audiobook from the author. This did not impact my honest review and all thoughts are my own.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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