The Rules of Ever After by Killian Brewer ~ Book Review by JJ

TheRules_900px_COVER-FrontTitle: The Rules of Ever After

Author: Killian Brewer

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/09/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Young Adult

Blurb:

The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.

A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family. Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.

My View:

This YA novel is a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek romp, with various fairy tale/fantasy tropes thrown in and mixed with a gentle hand. Here you will find princes and princesses, a maiden in a tower, a wicked stepmother, curses, spells and blessings, a troll and Birthday Fairies.

Prince Phillip has to marry a princess, and he’s not keen on that idea. Luckily, his wicked stepmother has insisted on a test to sort out real princesses from fakes.  So Phillip makes sure his potential brides fail the ‘Princess Test’. Unfortunately this means the poor young women who fail are declared not to be ‘real’ princesses, and this has ramifications.  Meanwhile, in a neighbouring kingdom Prince Daniel is under a curse, and he’s taken himself and his trusty knight James on a quest to find a cure.  His wanderings lead him to Prince Phillip, just in time to upset the wicked stepmother’s true plans. As you might have already guessed, none of this tale is supposed to be taken too seriously.

Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel’s story is interwoven with the quest to track down the evil stepmother, thwart her nefarious plans, help Prince Phillip’s father, oh, and find a maiden in distress, among other things. There are no epic battles between armies here, though there is good and evil. It is also an angst free zone.  It is about rules and understanding that sometimes they need to be broken, and above all, about happiness. Happiness may not look the same to everyone, but that does not make it any less valuable.

Among the things I enjoyed about this novel was the fact that both princes and princesses were allowed to venture past their designated roles in society. A princess could pick up a sword and join the fighting, another could choose a female consort, or take up a career as a singer. A long-lost prince didn’t need to rule a kingdom if he didn’t want to do so, and if two princes fell in love, well… some rules are meant to be broken, or remade.

This is a fun story with very likeable characters. While it’s definitely suited to a younger audience in the tone and the telling (nothing beyond the occasional sweet kiss here), I think there are plenty of adults who would also enjoy it.

Links

The Rules of Ever After on Goodreads
Interlude Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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