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  • A classic fairy tale with all the right elements!

    Little Princess in the Fairy Forest was indeed a fairy tale filled with fascinating fantasy elements in an enchanted setting. Although, Little Princess Lala Lilia was not your typical princess. She may only have been seven years old but she had a lot of spunk and was not afraid to voice her opinions, strongly. I liked her character very much! At the start of the story, Lala was given into Knight Gideon’s care and neither one of them were happy about it. Lala had never really been fond of Gideon because he was quite standoffish to her and Gideon was not happy because he did not exactly know what to do with a seven-year-old princess. Despite the wariness from both characters, they just had to deal with it because Lala was the last in her line and Gideon was the last knight who was honor bound to protect her at all costs. I found Gideon’s reluctance to take responsibility for her endearing because despite his grumbles he would do anything for Lala, including entering into a tenuous co-parenting situation with a dragon. As a knight, Gideon was the one who would hunt down and dispatch dragons but when Lala befriended a dragon, who was referred to as Spike Scales, Gideon and Spike formed a partnership of sorts because they both wanted to protect Lala. I found their “family” dynamics cute and entertaining. The first half of this book was the story development where the characters were clearly defined as to whether they are good or bad. The villains are villainous but not in the way where it would inspire any kind of hateful feelings, you just understand that they do some truly terrible acts. I will say that I wish the path for Lady Megan had panned out differently, I wasn’t too fond of the direction her character took. Once there was a clear understanding of the characters, that was when the action began and the story really took off. Who can say that air battles that involve a dragon are not cool? Overall, Little Princess in Fairy Forest was a classic fairy tale with all the right elements to make it memorable! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Charis Messier, Translator. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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  • Close to being a perfect fairytale

    This is a story about redemption, clothed in a fairytale. Visually, it is a stunning read. There are many passages in this story that I wish to see animated on screen. I loved the lore and the world building. There was care taken with the finer details of the Black Forest, and the guardians of the little princess, the Black Night and the Dragon, were wonderful characters. Unfortunately, the story seems to have craftsmanship errors. The first problem I had with the story was that it was unclear who the main character was. The story began in the first person point of view of the princess, but soon it became clear that she was passenger in this tail. The point of view often fluctuated between Gideon's first person point of view and a third person narrative about Gideon. At one point, a section was related about Gideon in the third person, switched to a 3rd person POV of the villain, then became Gideon's first person POV. The overall affect was jarring. There were also sections that began in the princess's first person POV, then became a third person POV by the next paragraph, complete with adult language, unless seven-year-olds use words like "coalesce" in this fairy world. The narrative also fluctuated between light sections with anime comedy dialogue to thoughtful passages with depth and pathos. There was a decided lack of narrative continuity throughout the entire book. At first, I thought perhaps there were translation errors, but I ended up feeling that this was a problem with the source material. Yet, what a lovely tale. This was Tsubaki Tokino's first work, and although it is rough in places, his visionary talent shines brightly. I look forward to his future stories. Fans of anime fantasy should feel right at home here.

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