“True love is the most powerful force on this earth- we just forget it because those with power here deal in fear rather than love.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
Ever since I heard of The Princess Will Save You, I have been very excited to pick it up and had high expectations; however, this book didn’t live up to them. I was looking forward to this feminist fantasy with a fantastic romance because I haven’t read a fantasy that I really enjoyed in a while. I was hoping that this would be it. I had one major problem with this book, but I still enjoyed most of the book, so I ended up giving it 3.5 stars.
The reason that I found this book attractive was because of the romance, but this was the aspect of the story that disappointed me the most. I was expecting this epic love story, but it was barely that. Since the romance was important to me, it knocked the rating down to 3.5 stars. The book started with Amarande and Luca being friends, but it was obvious that there were feelings between the two of them. No build-up and nothing helped to solidify their feelings for each other. All of a sudden Amarande realized she loved him and there was nothing from the book that helped me feel what she was feeling. I wanted to love their relationship so much, but nothing between them felt real for most of the book. Towards the end, I started to see some chemistry, but it was too late and I had already made my mind up about the two of them together.
Even though I wasn’t a big supporter of their relationship, I liked their characters individually. Luca was incredibly sweet and caring. I absolutely loved the way he treated animals and the people who kidnapped him. Amarande was incredibly strong and smart, but not without flaws and her weaknesses. She is an amazing heroine and reminded me of Feyre and Aelin (A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass) who are both two of my favorite characters. She knows right and wrong and when not to step a boundary, but she also knows how to fight for what she believes in and not give up, which I admire.
I’ve never seen The Princess Bride, so the plot of this book was completely new to me and I don’t know how much this book stays close to or strays away from the original story. Even though I can’t compare the plot to the movie, I still loved it. I really enjoyed the first half of the book when Amarande was searching for Luca and seeing everything from Luca’s point of view was great as well. I loved the relationships he was able to form with his kidnappers and how they eventually saved him in return. My favorite part of the story, however, was when Amarande saved Luca and they were on the run together. It was when we finally were able to see some chemistry between them and it was sweet to see them sacrifice for each other.
One thing I wish was included was a map. It would have been nice to be able to see the path they went on, especially because I can’t follow the directions that the book gave us. I hope we get one in the next book.
The last thing I have to say is how much I enjoyed the ending. I was confused at first, but it was extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to the next book to see how everything plays out. It’s giving me vibes from the ending of The Dark Artifices series. I want to know the type of person that General Koldo’s son turned out to be and how Amarande reacts to everything, including seeing her mother again.
Overall, The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning was a good fantasy novel, but severely lacked in the romance department, which was important to me. The plot and the characters were great, however. I’m looking forward to the sequel (which has a beautiful cover, by the way) and I have hope that the romance will develop further.