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Enchanting the King: A Sleeping Beauty story... (The Beauty's Beast Fantasy Series) by [Walker, E.D.]
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A clever princess, a brave king, and a Sleeping Beauty story with a twist!

After a bloody ambush leaves Princess Aliénor stranded alone in a strange land, her only hope of survival is to join forces with her greatest enemy: King Thomas of Lyond. On the road, Aliénor discovers that Thomas is not quite what she imagined. He’s brave and kind. Wonderful. She starts to think they could be more than just allies.

But then a dangerous witch with plans to make herself Queen of Lyond captures their group. The witch lays a hideous curse on Thomas, damning the brave king to an eternal, bitter sleep. If the spell is not broken, if Thomas is not woken in time, the king will fall into madness, and Aliénor will lose the only man she’s ever loved...

ENCHANTING THE KING is a re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. This book is part of THE BEAUTY’S BEAST FANTASY SERIES, a set of adventurous and romantic fairy tale retellings. All books in this series take place in the same world of true love and grand fantasy adventures. You can read them back to back, or as individual, stand-alone books.

Books in The Beauty's Beast Fantasy Series:
Enchanting the King
The Beauty's Beast
The Changeling Child

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2492 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: EDW Books (24 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GJ3L5F0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was a very enjoyable read that was a good blend of fantasy, action and romance. I really liked King Thomas and Princess Alienor and was glad when Prince Philippe was out of the picture as I found him to be quite insolent and was frustrated the many times he repressed Alienor and threatened her. The magic throughout the book was quite interesting and helped to develop the plot. The twist on the tale of sleeping beauty was quite interesting especially since the person sleeping was a male, King Thomas, instead of a female as in the original tale. Although the book was said to be a retelling of sorts, I would say it was more inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty rather than based off of it. I was glad that Alienor was a strong independent woman and that the theme of female independence and equality of the sexes was embraced. I also really liked the setting and found the descriptions of the journey and mishaps along the way very entertaining. Overall, this was a very good book filled with interesting and lovable characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A simple retelling, but with enough change to be interesting and leaves readers feeling content with the tale 8 October 2016
By Kriss - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Ah, yes, the cover is what drew me in with this. But I’m also a glutton for punishment when it comes to fairytales; they’re such simple stories, so I always like seeing how someone can take a basic story idea, like that of a well-known fairytale, and spin it into something new and interesting. It’s a bit of a risk as a reader, because retellings aren’t anything new and the book world is currently quite saturated with them, but one cannot hope to find a good retelling if one doesn’t risk being saddled with a bad book, so with my shoulders squared I decided to dive into this retelling.

Right away, there’s a slight Disney feel in the fact that the heroine’s name starts with an A and that her husband is named Phillipe, but luckily this is where that similarity ends. The roles our characters play are similar to those in the original story, but still end up being quite different. We get a better basis for a relationship between our leads, some more emotional backstory for them, and a more realistic setting for them to meet along with conflicts that aren’t so straightforward as “this character is evil therefore they do evil things to make a conflict to resolve.” I felt the alterations to the original tale were interesting and I like the direction the author went with it.

Since this is a short standalone, the story projection is pretty straightforward. Though we touch on some heavier subjects like battle and politics and unhappy marriages and death, the book remains pretty casual, not at all trying to make this into anything but a fairytale done anew. So we still get a feel of True Love, magic, and a happily ever after and it’s a book that makes readers feel good. It’s easy to end this book on a note of satisfaction.

The pacing was good, though I feel like the climax was a little rushed (but since the problem is so simple, it makes sense that the fix would happen pretty quickly). The language was very nice, the writing clearly deft, and the editing was pretty good. There were a few bits of awkward grammar, but nothing so grievous that it ruined the reading experience.

Overall, I think this was a nice little read. I’m not especially impressed by it or anything, I’ve read more in depth retellings, but it was engaging for the short standalone novel it was and delivered an easy-to-digest tale with a new angle. Even though I already knew the tale and how it ended, this book still had enough newness to keep me interested in seeing precisely how those events and themes I already knew from the fairytale would unfold and how this author would choose to incorporate and change them.

My only qualm with this book, I suppose, is that the age gap between the leads is a bit much. It’s not the worst thing, at least she wasn’t 15 or something, and I do of course realize that in a more medieval setting like the one in the book that such a large age gap wasn’t really unusual in the nobility/royalty classes, but I just sort of have a general rule about age gaps because maturity/power imbalances. In my book they’re best kept to a minimal, but again, this isn’t the worst I’ve seen so I’ll let it go.

*Also, I wish to make it known that I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and that in no way does it have any effect on my opinions for better or worse.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 "You Go Girl" Stars 6 October 2016
By Ineffable Book Blog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Enchanting the King was different from what I expected going in and yet was a great read.

So the novel revolves around this princess Alienor who is on this kind of crusade with her husband Prince Philippe. This is where the novel got a little tricky for me, I completely disliked Philippe and was confused by the fact that he was her husband, and that Alienor even had a husband when the blurb clearly mentions some Thomas dude who definitely isn't her husband. And in the fact that Philippe seems to be leashed by this evil witchy mistress person, well, I was throughly confused and yet intrigued.

Alienor has this interesting mix of adventurous spirit and yet naiveté that often gets her into trouble. She's pretty young and I see this a lot in her character as she idealizes the stories told by her father about war, not realizing the true tragedy it actually is. She has all of these expectations of great adventures and heroic ballads, and yet is faced with death around every corner by a variety of people.

Where the romance gets tricky is the entrance of King Thomas. I'm just going to go ahead and ruin this part of the book; Philippe is not that great of a husband and this is shown further though the eyes of King Thomas when he is rescued by Alienor. I love this characterization of Philippe because he seems so powerful and in charge when the perspective is from Alienor, and then introduce Thomas and suddenly the once scary prince is just a brat who has no idea what he is doing.

I think the thing that kept this book from being a five star read was the quickness in which emotions were switched. I don't think the author gave enough credit to some of the major emotions playing in this book; anger, shame, grief. I think if the moments where these emotions were being expressed were drawn out a little longer, this book would have been more engaging and enrapturing.

Overall though, this book was a really fun read! I did like the characters and I liked how the author used the multiple perspectives to put characters in different lights. I think a lot of people are going to be able to relate to Alienor and cheer her on as she tries to survive her quest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Story 25 July 2016
By nuanc - Published on
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Turning fairy tales on their heads is a fun idea, but it's tricky to make the result fresh and unexpected. In "Enchanting the King," E.D. Walker has written a tale that succeeds on all those counts. I was drawn in from the beginning, but the story just kept getting better. The challenges the two protagonists have to overcome are harrowing and complicated, including internal struggles to deal with their unacceptable feelings for each other. Walker makes these two strong leads come alive, but she's also written a cast of vivid, endearing (well, not the villains), well-drawn supporting characters who fill this world with life. I understand that this is a prequel to Walker's "The Beauty's Beast." It stands on its own beautifully, but it just may make you want more! Highly recommended!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Got halfway, but fell out of it 8 August 2016
By Lexar - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The writing isn't bad or anything, but the characters mostly just bored me. I wasn't really invested in the story, and once I was halfway through I lost all interest entirely.

I feel like the description of the book doesn't match what happens, at least in the first half. The hero and heroine aren't really alone together except for maybe one chapter. And there isn't anything that makes me want to invest anything in their relationship. They're boring together, honestly--they get along really well, they're attracted to each other; they're basically kept apart by angst.

I also feel like a lot of things went unexplained, like all the reasons people died: the heroine's brothers, the hero's brother and first wife. And the side characters were really flat.

Maybe it picks up in the second, I don't know. But I couldn't force myself to get that far.
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist on a classic 12 September 2016
By Kathryn Beyer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Reading fairy tales is like wrapping yourself in a warm and familiar blanket; reaching Enchanting the King is wrapping yourself in that blanket but finding out that it is extra warm and surprisingly soft. I loved the twist on the familiar classic tale and was really drawn into Enchanting the King's world. I am curious about how the characters and lands are fleshed out in later books in the series.