Title: Demon Princess
Author: Kassandra Lynn
Published: December, 2015
With her father gone and her brother missing, Demon Princess Adriana has to assume the throne, temporarily becoming the Demon King. The procession is underway, and the princess is nervous yet determined … until the unthinkable happens and she is summoned! Somehow, Aldric, a mage-in-training has summoned the princess into the human kingdom. Now trapped, Adriana must hide her identity and escape before she loses her life in the hands of her mortal enemies.
Characterization and badassery
Adriana has some cool powers, but she gets nerfed at the beginning of the book and we don’t get the chance to see what all she can do. Yet. We get enough of an idea though. She’s proud and has some toughness to her, but she cries an awful lot. Maybe because she’s young, maybe because she’s accustomed to things going her way as a princess. She may well toughen up in the coming books.
Plot and pacing
I like the premise of this book. Before I started reading, I was pretty sure I’d toss it early on, given that the hero is nerfed, and stories like that tend to irritate me. But rather than feeling overly manufactured, Adriana’s conundrum has her working against her situation in a compelling way.
The pace went along. Like a novella, this book has no subplots, and it makes the most of its short length to tell a complete story.
Prose and editing
I don’t recall anything about the editing jumping out at me.
I don’t usually pick books with royalty because frankly, it’s a trope that bores me. I find the hero who comes from no particular lineage more interesting. In this story, though, it worked, because it struck me as a fairy tale. Not the happily-ever-after kind. At least, not yet. Kind of a modern adventurers’ fairy tale, which I liked. I was expecting this to be more of the Harry-Potter-magic-school variety, but it wasn’t. So yay for surprising me. I always like that.
I wish Adriana hadn’t been forced to rely on her love interest so much. His kindness served as a nice foil for the cruelty or neglect of others, but he seemed a little too good to be true. Which isn’t all bad for a fairy tale after all, but he didn’t feel fully fleshed out. I hope Adriana shows more agency in the next book.
Which means I’m looking forward to the next part of the story, which is not something I often say.