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Princess of Shadows

(Fairy Tale Adventures #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  925 ratings  ·  121 reviews
This is the alternate cover edition of The Princess and the Pea by A.G. Marshall with the ASIN number B01M0MKH7Q.

Only a true princess can save the kingdom.

Alaric wants to be king. He wants to continue the peace and prosperity his father created in Aeonia. But with enemies questioning his bloodline, he’ll have to put his heart on the line and marry a stranger to secure his
Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published September 28th 2016 by Avanell Publishing
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Miss Evil I would have enjoyed them as a teen but I'm not entirely sure. They are intense and kinda dark, due to threats and fights. Nothing too graphic, defini…moreI would have enjoyed them as a teen but I'm not entirely sure. They are intense and kinda dark, due to threats and fights. Nothing too graphic, definitely not unnecessarily sexualized so I think it would be fine. (less)

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W.R. Gingell
this was ridiculous fun with a delightfully sweet edge. ALL THE SEAGULLS
Bryn Shutt
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
At first, I thought this might be the best fairy tale retelling I'd ever read ... I think it's better to say it's one of the best BOOKS I've ever read. Period. ...more
Sarah Jayyn
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok

💚💚 (two stars as rated in little "emerald" green hearts that overcame the test of time to be together)

Maybe I've read too many of these. There's a good chance I'm getting jaded. But I am bummed because this could have been so much more than it was. The concept was TOP NOTCH. Seriously. I loved that. But the story felt needlessly convoluted at so many times. The actual relationship of the main two characters was... fine? I didn't much care for either of them, to be honest. I was annoyed at the pr
J.M. Stengl
What a unique idea for a fairy-tale retelling!
Our heroine wakes from a hundred-year sleep to discover that she's remembered only as a folk-heroine in children's tales.
Prince Alaric has requested the "nuclear option" Princess Test to help him select the right bride and save the throne.
Lots of intrigue and a cast of delightful characters made this a book I didn't want to put down.
Now I want to read the whole series!
The only retelling of The Princess and the Pea I've ever read...and it was actually pretty awesome. ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
You have no idea how much time I spent searching through my e-books to find a book ending on an uneven number. Until I stumbled upon this book. My kindle said it had exactly 331 pages that really mattered to the story (it excluded the preview of the next book at the end and the introductions at the beginning) and since my love for fairytale retelling doesn't seem to know an end I was quite happy to have found a book perfect for the prompt AND one I really did wanna read.

Let me start with one lit
Kathryn McConaughy
This full-length novel retells “The Princess and the Pea” with an epic twist. Waking up from an enchanted trance in which she battled invading goblin forces and sealed them away from the world of men, Lina finds that a hundred years have passed. She arrives at the Aeonian capital just in time to be accidentally included in a Princess Test.
This generation’s Princess Test is very important to the kings of Aeonia. They came to the throne under suspicious circumstances about eighty years ago, and no
Lucy Tempest
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to start by saying that I, as a consumer of all things fantasy, really love it when the magical world parallels our own, reminding us that people are people no matter the setting and the ubiquity of magic.

By that I mean, holy cow, this story not just has a unique take on the Princess and the Pea, with our goblin-fighting warrior-princess but it’s a fairytale within a fairytale! We see how fairytales, myths and legends impact even those who are taking part in such an event — and it’s all a
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one has, sadly, been on my list since before it's title was changed. I'm not sure why I never got around to it, but boy am I glad I finally did! Plus, that is a really pretty new cover! <3

This book has got it all, the heart wrenching tragedy, the misunderstood heroes, the brutal and the more subtle threats, the dash of romance all tied into one mega adventure with some kickbutt action! I'm a fairy tale nerd. We all know this by now. Sleeping Beauty is my childhood favorite and I'm a sucker
Kellie Cunningham
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites!!!!!!!! Not being too much of a fan of "The Princess and the pea" story, this was.....EPIC!!! I put off reading this story for faaaaarrrrr too long, and I really shouldn't have. I totally intend on purchasing this book and it will most emphatically be added to my "favorites" section...❤❤❤❤❤ ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't like this one quite as much as its sequel, but it was still fun. ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn't stop laughing. I don't think that was the book's intended effect but I found it hilarious. That may have been slightly influenced by the fact that I was reading it at 1 AM and was therefore slightly delirious, but I can't be sure. It was a really creative retelling (think The Princess and the Pea meets The Selection and Sleeping Beauty) although I do feel like it's one of those books where the order we receive the information is messed up. The storytelling jumps around a little and we ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertainment in every word!

I absolutely loved this book! It is not your classic retelling or the typical modern twist but a truly unique style that is clean, captivating and fantastically original. The characters have personality and although there is a satisfying conclusion it leaves space for more tales to follow! I can't wait for the next book to come because this was by far the most unique and interesting retelling that I have ever read!
Kristen Kooistra
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down this is one of my favorite books this year. I've been either very picky this year or I'm simply not getting floored with anything. Who knows. But anyway, 5 stars has just not been around much from me because though I'm reading a lot of good books, I'm not getting WOWED by anything.

All that to say, this came close, real close. This is a comfy 4.5 stars.

The cover is generic, the title is about as generic as you can get, and both served to leave this sitting on my Kindle for too long. Bu
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, borrowed
This was my first read by A.G. Marshall and I daresay not my last. While there were a couple of aspects from my favorite fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, this was, in my opinion, not a "retelling". Others may argue and that is okay.
Lina was a warrior and maybe a princess but not in the traditional sense of the word. However, when she descends upon the castle after a long "nap", she is thrust into the convergence of rivaling women all vying for the prince, his attention and his throne.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

This is the first book in the Fairy Tale Adventures series by A.G. Marshall.

I really enjoyed this fairy tale retelling. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had not read a book by this author before but I have to say I came away impressed.

I almost wish Lina had a bit more distraught about waking up and finally realizing that everyone she ever knew was already dead and buried. But I guess she had a bit more than her own worries on her mind as she stumbled into town to tell the Council of K
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fairy-tale, 2017
I really liked this one! Solid characters and a nice twist to the plot. Some really funny moments too, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Alexandra G.
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, fantasy
3 stars

Meh. It started out really good but it gradually became a princess cartoon story. I sort of had different expectations.
Jodie (J.C.T)
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been one of my favourite retellings maybe because the original story wasn't particularly one of my favourites either way i loved this.

It had solod charcters that i couldn't help but be intreiged6 with.
Lisa Dawn
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to receive a free ebook of The Princess and the Pea by up-and-coming fairy tale author A.G. Marshall from a promotion on Facebook. Since the book was named directly after the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, I was expecting a fairly direct adaptation. Instead, I was blown away by A.G. Marshall's originality. The book is a "fish out of water" story that delves into the creation of mythology and legend. The protagonist wakes up in another time that she knows nothing about ...more
Rose Hastings
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aww....this was such a cute read.

Evangelina Shadow- Storm is a shadow warrior, one of the bravest and fiercest warrior at that. But, she had been shrouded in a myth to keep her mission of safe but over time, people forgot her. She was tasked with keeping the light realm safe from the monsters in the shadow realm, but after more than hundred years of sleep, she finds that one pesky goblin has somehow escaped and must stop it. But the Council of Kings doesn't believe her and the common folk believ
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the beginning! It was so good. This is the first full length book that I have read of Ms. Marshall’s and I loved it.
Evangelina Shadow-Storm has been sleeping for over a hundred years and nothing is the same. She has woken up to a drastically different home. Alaric never thought that he would be in this position. He never imagined that being the crown prince would be so hard.
They will have to learn how to get past projects and figure out how to defend their home. What wil
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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christi anne
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so good!
That first chapter completely gripped me- what happened after victory, the realise of what sacrifice cost and so forth.
Of course, the rest of the book was hilarious and had me laughing- especially Stefan and Carina (so I immediately bought the second book.) Don't get me wrong- I loved the MC's. They were wonderful...
I felt like the love story was a bit hit and miss- the two characters didn't love each other instantly, but it still felt a little abrupt. But sweet.
The content was al
Heather Hayden
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely dark twist on the typical Princess and the Pea retelling (with a dash of Sleeping Beauty thrown in). The characters were believable, the plot intriguing, and the setting perfect for the story.
Cassandra Key
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story.
A very unusual take on The Princess and the Pea. I loved this fantasy world and the sneaky princesses as everyone hid secrets.

It follows a girl named Lina who wakes from an enchanted sleep where her shadow magic has kept evil at bay. She finds the world much changed and the dangers of the shadow realm goblins forgotten. Determined to make her report to the Council of Kings as she used to, she ends up caught in a modern political mess: The Princess Test. Prince Alaric is hosting the trials to fin
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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Crystal D
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm coming at this book having read Princess of Mermaids, book 3 before this one. The epilogue made me want to see what Leena's story was about, so I went for it. I'm not exactly sure what this has to do with Princess and the Pea other than a slight reference here and there, but it was a good enough read.

I got spoiled with Fiora and Gustav though. I like Leena a lot as a character, but Alaric was not nearly as good a male lead as Gustav was. His family, other than Marta and her family, weren't a
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Angela Marshall loves fairy tales and has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She works as a professional pianist and teacher and enjoys crocheting.

In addition to writing books, she has published numerous piano solos including Romanza, Forgotten Waltz, and Notes from the Past.

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