On discovering her father has lied to her, a princess decides she will use her royal education to take charge of her own life. More
‘My father paid dearly for my education. He will pay yet more…’
Some might say that a princess always has an easy life. But what value is an easy life if the price is freedom? Princess Zahrah takes the weapons she has - her intelligence, her education and her beauty - to embrace her own destiny.
Karen de Lange is a proud geek and fantasy writer from North East England. When she's not writing, she's usually reading. Her life would be complete if she had a pet dragon - just a little one would be fine.
on May 15, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this story and the character that was injected into it. The world felt well crafted, and the story was intriguing and believable, as a whole presenting a snapshot of a world that it'd be interesting to see more of.
My only real issue with it is the ending, which felt a little anticlimactic. Not because of what it was, as the actual events themselves felt perfect; but rather because of the way the events were presented as what is GOING to happen, rather than the events actually happening. As foreshadowing, if the outcome wasn't certain I think this would have worked to provide tension; but presented as a definite conclusion to the tale, I think it lacks immediacy and punch.
However, that's a style issue, not a storytelling one, and the story's conclusion is still satisfying and believable. The whole piece was well crafted and very easy to read, and I'm looking forward to trying more of the author's works.
I enjoyed reading THE DANCE. It is very well written, and I thought the words that were chosen, the language that was used, complimented very well your main character and her dance. The prose danced, as it were, as well as your character.
A fantasy story of palace politics, and the sometimes extreme measures required to fulfill ambition, I really enjoyed it, and think it's an excellent little snap-shot into your world.
Well done, and I look forward to reading more.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 16, 2012 :
An enchanting tale of palace intrigue, deception and revenge.