The Loveless Princess – Lilian Bodley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 3. May 2017
Genre: Short Story, Romance, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, LGBTQIA
Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review
Princess Anette is set to marry Prince Everett, even if she doesn’t want to. She doesn’t love him and she never will. She never wants to be with someone but does it out of duty to her parents, his parents, and her country.
She tries to be happy with the marriage. Because princesses are meant to have their happily ever after and you only does that through marriage. But then she catches her new husband doing something he shouldn’t and she gets angry. She wishes for something in her madness and after she wished she didn’t.
I really liked this short story/Novella. It is written so well and it’s easy to follow what’s happening. The author manages to put so much in those few pages, without being too much or confusing. I really liked the pace of the story. It was neither too fast or too slow and you didn’t feel that something shouldn’t be there. I wish it was longer, but not because it was missing something, but I just really wanted to see more.
I really liked the main character, Anette. She is not annoying and she is okay rational through the story. She is also aromantic and asexual, that’s the main reason she doesn’t want to marry the prince. I think the author handled that very well, also the other LGBTQIA things there was in the story. Don’t hold me up to it, but I have heard that the story is an own voices story. I’m not sure. She is really badass. After she sends the Everett away she goes out on the quest to get him back. Not to herself. But to the kingdom and to his lover.
Yes, Prince Everett also has no interest in marrying her. But that is not because of him being asexual, but because he is gay. He can’t even fullfill the ‘duty’ as a husband on their wedding night. He is in a relationship with another man while being married to her. That’s the reason he is gone. Because Anette sees him about to have sex with the man and even she has no desire for him, she gets mad because she still had a little hope that she would grow to love him and him loving her back. She wishes him was gone and he is then gone.
She then goes out on the quest. The story is full of fairy tale elements. She has three things she has to go through, to get to the prince. There is magic. She and Prince Everett even has parents and grandparents who are princesses and princes we know from different fairy tales. Like Sleeping Beauty and Princess and the Pea.
I think you should read it. It’s really good and you will fly right through it.
Warnings: Slight homophobia and an attempted rape.
Thank you for reading. I hope you liked and have a nice day! ♥