Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir is an adult fairytale retelling a version of Rapunzel, but with a twist. Ms. Muir is an award winning author, known for her Locked Tomb trilogy.
- 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596069910
- Publisher : Subterranean
- Language: : English
My rating for Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower — 4
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I have really enjoyed the author’s Locked Tomb trilogy (the first two books, the third one hasn’t come out yet), I like her writing style, humor, and storytelling abilities. Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir continues the tradition of fairytales, how they have changed for decades to teach society about dangers, ethics, as well as relationships and more.
In this novel Ms. Muir wrote a tale which takes a familiar story, mixes it with Game of Death (the Bruce Lee – Kareem Abdul Jabbar classic), and a touch of Mortal Kombat for good measure. It is certainly very creative, and lots of fun.
While simplistic on the surface, I thought the story was very innovative with a very clever take on an old tale. Each chapter tells of a different monster (almost every chapter, it’s a novella after all) in the tower. What happens to that monster, if something happens, I’ll leave up to you to find out.
I was surprised about the growth of the protagonist, Princess Floralinda, during this short book. She discovers things she can do, moral fortitude she did not know she has, and facing an unknown future which might be counted in days and weeks.
Ms. Muir’s writing style is just as engrossing and funny as it is in the Lost Tomb series, but not as insane which makes sense since the protagonist is not… well… crazy either. I enjoyed the darkness and humor embedded in simple sentences, told with skill to create a compelling narrative.
I was really impressed to read this type of story from the author, which kept up her writing style outside of the series which she became known for. The story is interesting, charming, and entertaining for kids of all ages, if you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy.
Floralinda, a princess, has been jailed by a witch in a 40 story tower and is awaiting a prince to come and rescue her. The witch, however, done things right this time and put a monster on every level which the princes will have to fight through; none makes it through the first floor and eventually they stop coming.
With the reluctant help of an abusive, and not so passive, but aggressive fairy Floralinda needs to let go of her princess ways and manage to somehow survive.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
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