Title: Midnight Masquerade
Released: July 29, 2013
Publisher: Distractions Ink
Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers.
Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings.
As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.
My Review Midnight Masquerade
I did not realize it was a take on a old fairy tale. I did think the story was familiar in some ways. Now I know why. I love fairy tales but this was not one I read as often as others.
I really like Evony. She is a smart, brave and a hard worker. She cares about her family. She has a lot of secrets and is not sure who to trust.
Stavos when he almost ran over Evony with his horse stopped to help her. He would not take a no for answer. He paid her employer money for her to be off work for two days, Carried her home when he realized her foot was too sore for her to walk. He replaced her broken eggs and bought other groceries too for her and her younger brother and sister.
Stavos was given the task to come and find out what was ailing the twelve princess. He was also told by his father to marry one of the 12 princess to as his reward.
Of course it is a clean read as most fairy tales are. Their is a Wicked Step parent, Prince and Princess and dancing. It was romantic and left me smiling at the end of it. So what else does it need. I thought she did a good job making it fresh and new.
This is the first book of Marcia Lynn McClure that I have read but I do have a few books of hers on my kindle that I will be reading soon in the future. In fact I just won one am excited to read it more now. I will be reading more of her books soon. I can see myself rereading this book again and again.
I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review and be part of its blog tour.