PRINCELESS: Book One by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin

PRINCELESS: Book One by Jeremy Whitley, Art by M. Goodwin; $Prices vary at Amazon
Review by Shaun Noel
(Highly recommended by the reviewer)

We all know the story. A princess is locked away in a tower and some handsome prince saves her from a dragon; they live happily ever after. Boring! Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin takes the story and turns it on its ear. And it’s about time.

Adrienne isn’t your ordinary princess. From day one she questions the logic of locking your daughter in a tower to be rescued by a prince. “How’d she get there in the first place and where do you even find a dragon?” Unfortunately she lives in a world where this practice is the norm and pretty soon she is locked up just like her sisters. By a twist of fate she finds a sword and decides to take her destiny into her own hands.

It would be easy to have Adrienne become a spectacular fighter and beat all the bad guys. But she has to learn and make mistakes along the way. Humorous costume choices, high-flying adventure and a companion blacksmith help to make this story quite an entertaining read.

But this is not just a straight gender reversal story. Adrienne still wants to get married, though she wants it to be on her terms and she wants to give her sisters the same option. She even has a brother who prefers poetry to fighting, but will defend her to the death. Though this is an introductory chapter and the characters aren’t quite fleshed out yet, the interesting premise and the promise that each character holds, lead me to believe that this story is going places.

Parent, this is the type of story that you want your daughters, and even your sons to read. Fairy tales are good, but this is better. Oh, and there’s a dragon too!