Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: The Princess and the Swineherd
AUTHOR: Michael Bracken
PUBLISHER: Deep Desire Press
LENGTH: 25 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017
Princess Maegth is the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, and, like many others, a young, female swineherd named Hunig has a crush on her.
When the evil wizard Vilemort abducts the beautiful princess, Hunig joins the search. In the company of a broken-down knight named Fearn-leah of Heathfield, Hunig trails the wizard and his entourage, battles dwarves transformed into swine, and faces physical and emotional challenges.
During the search for the princess, Hunig discovers herself. After rescuing the princess, she reveals her feelings and discovers the feelings are reciprocated.
But there isn’t time to become complacent. Vilemort and his dwarves are hot on their trail. Can Hunig prevent Vilemort from stealing the princess back, can she keep the broken-down knight from claiming credit for rescuing the princess, and can true love win the day?
I’m always up for reading something new, different to me, so when the opportunity to review this story landed in my inbox, I said, “Sure, why not?”
I didn’t pay too much attention to the blurb at the time, but read it closely before penning my review. In all honesty, the blurb is extremely telling and sums up this story way better than I possibly could without spoilers.
What the blurb doesn’t reveal is the style of narration. I don’t even know how to describe it, the closest I can describe it to is listening to a fairytale. To quote the opening line – “Once upon a time, during the reign of Kind Ead-ric, a young swineherd named Hunig took her family’s pigs to market…”
I liked the mystical angle of this story – wizards and potions. The plot was far from predictable, to me, only because I didn’t read the blurb.
If you like being told a tale without the story being heavy on angst this could be just the ticket. However, if you enjoy being pulled in by character development and emotions (The feels) then perhaps you should pick this one up when you’re looking for a quick escape.