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Princess of Midnight

(Fairytales of Folkshore #6)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  53 reviews

After breaking free of her evil stepfamily’s thrall, Ornella Dufreyne flees into Faerie, and ends up in the Winter Court. But when she interrupts her escape to thwart an assassination attempt on the King of Winter, they recapture her.

All hope seems lost, until the Queen of Spring appears to make her an offer.

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 14th 2020 by Folkshore Press
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"It must be coming more naturally to you, now that you've been uprooted from your port and replanted in your grove."

Princess of Midnight is the sixth installment of one of my favourite series, Fairytales of Folkshore, and Lucy Tempest just keeps knocking it out of the park with her retellings and reimaginings of well-loved fairytales and adding just that extra bit of interest into them.

Princess of Midnight is a retelling of Cinderella and Snow Queen, following Ornella (Ella) Dufreyne and her
Tricia Mingerink
I knew this book was going to be amazing, but it still managed to blow me away! Eeep! I ADORED Ella and Yulian so much! OTP, anyone??? *swoony sigh*

The first chapter starts a little slow, taking its time to bring the reader up to speed on what has happened since Ella was left behind in the city of Midnight during the last book. The quick refresher on the backstory was helpful, even if it slowed down the narration for a while.

However, once that refresher is out of the way, this book really start
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun retelling of Cinderella!

Ella has recently escaped her tortuous stepmother and step sisters. She is hiding out in Fairy (Winter to be specific), when events take a turn. The detail of the descriptions are beautiful and the back stories of the characters make them so much more relatable than your average fairy tale.

The adventures of how Ella tries to be rescued and the fairies involved is so new I loved reading this. A little bit of redundancy made this not a perfect score but the orig
Alexis thacker
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I have read the first 5books and was in love. This book is a perfect sequel to them! I loved everything about this book
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is by far one of my favorite series. Classic fairy tales beautifully retold.
I can't wait to see what will happen next
Deanie Nelder
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cinderella retellings are everywhere from books to movies, so it takes a lot to come up with a new spin on an old story. The first half of this book is fairly typical Cinderella (except it takes place in a fairy kingdom), but the idea of Ella spending time with the Prince to stop his assassination gives the story a new and entertaining perspective. The blending of elements of different fairy tales together is part of what makes the Fairytales of Folkshore series so much fun, and this does that ( ...more
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
When I heard this was a standalone, I was a little disappointed, since the two previous stories were a trilogy and duology that performed excellently--I was worried this being a standalone would really impact it, and, while I do feel like this story didn't have the same amount of emotional impact of Ada and Bonnie's stories and ultimately did not measure up, it was still a nice read.

I'm a big fan of The Snow Queen (the fairy tale), but the connections to that story were relatively scant and mos
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book and it was even better than I expected. Princess of Midnight is the 6th book in Lucy's Fairytales of Folkshore series. But this is the first and only book in her Cinderella retelling. I fell in love with Lucy Tempest's books when I read her Aladdin retellings and this book was just as good. :)
You first meet Ornella, Ella, in Lucy Tempest’s first book, Thief of Cahraman, but you don’t know much about her. When I first read about Ella I knew that Lucy was going t
Dee/ bookworm
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the line "... You could say you sneeze glitter, and I'd believe you." :) ...more
Celia Buell
I'm glad I waited to get into this until I was truly done with the semester, because it sucked me in.

I never know how to feel after I finish a good book, and the Fairytales of Folkshore series exemplifies that perfectly. The three main characters have all been relatable in different ways, and I've seen parts of myself in Ada, Bonnie, and now Ella. Beyond the ideas of discovering new worlds that you get to be a part of, each of these girls reminds me of me in different ways.

I love a good plot twi
Cassandra Woody
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been absolutely dying to read this book and I’m so happy it’s here! I was completely enthralled with the series at the start with the Thief of Cahraman and have anxiously awaited the arrival of Lucy’s other retellings. Cinderella is a story that is very close to my heart and Lucy manages to retell reader’s favorite fairytales in classy, interesting ways that make one unable to tear their eyes away. Every time Lucy releases a book I know I have to plan my life around it because I’ll be so hu ...more
Jeppesen Frances
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Add this one to my favorite retelling of Cinderella!
So much to think about! I will definitely be rereading this book, as there is so much detail and so many intense situations.
Cinderella's abusive situation is fraught with so many emotions, as a reader, you can't help but feel like you're in the thick of it all with her.
The supporting cast of characters makes the story really shine. I especially love their humorous antics.
Katie Twibell
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let’s be honest, Cinderella has so many rewrites it’s slightly ridiculous. I love the story, but it can get a little old so because of both of those reasons, I’m a sucker for a good, truly unique take on the story. That’s exactly what this is! It still has the important elements that make up Cinderella but brought out in such an original way! I just love it from start to finish!
NJ Torrance
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic retelling! I have loved all of the books in this series, and I can't wait to see what happens next! One of my favourite parts is how the stories are all inter-connected through the characters. It's great to see minor characters from previous books get their HEAs. I'm hoping we get to see more of Keenan, as he adds a delightful layer of humour. ...more
Elizabeth Hirschl
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great addition to Folkshore!

I have loved the other five books in this series and was eagerly awaiting this Cinderella / Snow Queen mash up. Lucy Tempest does a wonderful job weaving together the two stories to make something entirely new. She has expanded upon the original stories so that you don’t know what is going happen next. We also get to see more of Fairie, which I really enjoyed.

Very excited for the sleeping beauty retelling next!!

I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it! I wasn't sure, going in, how well the two fairytales would mesh, but they wove together perfectly! Ella and Yulian's characters and struggles were believable, and made the ending more meaningful. Plus, Keenan! He's a riot, and I can't wait to see more of him. Altogether, Princess of Midnight is probably my favorite installment thus far of the Folkshore retellings. ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every book in this series is better than the last and I loved book one! The heroine in this was introduced to us in the very beginning and I have been waiting this whole time to read her story. Totally worth the wait. And the King of Winter was a wonderful character I enjoyed getting to know. Yet again, the author makes use of some expertly applied twists to weave her magical tale. I know I will be reading and rereading this series for years to come. I'm already looking forward to the next book. ...more
Mrs J A Hodson
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A marvellous imagination and thoroughly brilliant retelling of much loved story. Enjoyed every page and look forward to the next.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and cold!

This retelling of Cinderella and the Ice Queen is nicely written with its twists. I enjoyed reading this tale and look forward to the next story!
Barbara Lindt
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've come to expect brilliant writing, incredible characters *even the villains—who are so well drawn and thought out you just LOVE to hate* laugh out loud wit, and complex yet effortlessly interweaving reimgingings or beloved fairytales in totally fresh ways from Lucy Tempest.

And in this book, her first standalone retelling, she goes even a step higher in all of the above. Usually in series stories begin to feel predictable or to even flag as the number rises, but in Lucy Tempest's Folkshore,
Nina Wilson
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gobbled this book up! GOBBLED. IT. UP.

As a die-hard fan of Lucy Tempest's addictive Folkshore series, I'd gotten so used to continuing stories, I was bummed to know Ella got only one book. But boy, was I wrong to worry. Seems she can write whatever she pleases and it will come out incredible anyway.

I don't know how she does it, but Ms. Tempest can hold you riveted to the page whether she's writing a trilogy, a duology or a standalone and FILL every page with unforgettable characters and dial
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got an advanced readers copy of this book, and as usual, if I like the book, I'll go buy it if I have any extra cash in the monthly book budget. This one made the monthly book pile that I bought.

In the last book we left Ornella, our heroine in this book, in some distress, with another character promising to find her again when the main characters had to finish their quest. Ornellas evil stepmom and stepsisters are trying to recapture her after her earlier escape. This book follows her as she s
Kristin Wyatt
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great retelling from Lucy Tempest. I'm always excited to read her books. ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
This might be my least favorite in the Fairytales of Folkshore series. That's not to say it was a bad book, just not my favorite when compared to the other stories.

Ella has been a slave for most of her life. Her cruel stepmother and stepsisters care nothing for her happiness and only use her for their gain. She had thought she had escaped them (in the 5th book, probably best to read these in order), but she was wrong. She's in faerie, without friends, and they still want her for their own purpos
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this retelling! The intertwining of two familiar fairy tales with some clever twists and history from the prior books in the series made this a satisfying story. I especially appreciated that the "marrying someone I just met" and "will marry whoever can wear this glass slipper" bits were addressed. ...more
Book Addict
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Content Review:
Language and Romance is clean
There are scenes of abuse in this book that might be triggering for certain audiences. Readers' discretion is advised.

*deep breath*
I have always been a sucker for Cinderella stories, and it's hard to find truly unique ones by this point, but Lucy Tempest absolutely took my breath away in this incredible reimagining of Cinderella and the Snow Queen.
Ornella shines as a Cinderella as you've never seen her bef
Tami Wardell
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this twist on Cinderella and the Ice Queen. Can I just say, Poor Ella! Also poor King Yulian! The story with those two is sweet and is relatable to anyone trying to find someone who can understand them. As is usual with Lucy Tempest, her descriptions of persons and places is just enough to satisfy, but not so much she leave you not wanting more.

This was a pretty clean read. No swearing, no gross "romance", and not graphic violence. I would feel comfortable letting my 12 year old read
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Lisa Dawn
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Did you know that this past Wednesday was National Tell a Fairy Tale Day? That means this is a big week for sales on princess books! I celebrated the joyous occasion by attending another Facebook party with many talented authors. Among those authors, Lucy Tempest released her latest book in the Fairy Tales of Folkshore series promptly time for the holiday. As the newest and shiniest release, Princess of Midnight was the first book I read in honor of National Fairy Tale Day. I had mixed feelings ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book but there were definitely some confusing and weird parts in it. For one there’s a character that obviously meant to be Snow White in what I assume will one day be another story in this series but there’s really no point in her being there. She does practically nothing and what she did do any other character could have done something similar to make it happen. Another issue I have with this book and really the whole series is that no main character is who they think they are let ...more
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I have been spinning magical tales since I learned how to speak. Now, as an author, people can experience the worlds I create for themselves.

I live with one foot in fantasy and the other in Southern California with my family and two spoiled cats, who would make terrible familiars.

My young adult fantasy series FAIRYTALES OF FOLKSHORE is a collection of interconnected fairy tale retellings, each wit

Other books in the series

Fairytales of Folkshore (8 books)
  • Thief of Cahraman (Fairytales of Folkshore, #1)
  • Prince of Cahraman (Fairytales of Folkshore, #2)
  • Queen of Cahraman (Fairytales of Folkshore, #3)
  • Beast of Rosemead (Fairytales of Folkshore, #4)
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