Every Thursday, the Fantasy Review Barn is taking us on a journey through Fantasyland with their Tough Travel Guide. I’ve been meaning to join in for awhile, but I can never seem to come up with a very interesting list. Princesses, though? Princesses I can handle.
PRINCESSES come in two main kinds:
2 Spirited and wilful. Spirited Princesses often disguise themselves as boys and invariably marry commoners of sterling worth.
With those constraints in mind…
The youngest daughter of Queen Idrilain, Klia starts out as a pretty badass warrior, then she becomes a pretty badass ambassador, and THEN she has a wizard baby (who I’m assuming is also fairly badass because she’s the only wizard baby in the history of the Third Oreska.) I would love for Klia to have her own book or story some day, because she definitely deserves to be a central character for once. (and ok, that cover is totally Beka, but let’s pretend for a moment that it’s Klia)
2. Cimorene- the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Cimorene is the perfect sort of heroine for the sort of girl who grows up to be a librarian.
3. Princess Buttercup- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Neither a princess nor a bride, Buttercup is still the quintessential image of a princess, isn’t she?
4. Sidonie de la Courcel- The Kushiel books by Jaqueline Carey
So I kind of barely remember these books, at least the second trilogy where Sidonie is primarily present. But I’m still counting her.
5- Anne Dare- The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series by Greg Keyes
This is a series that’s due for a reread, especially because I’m pretty sure I never made it to the last book! Anne Dare is your usual sort of spunky, rebellious princess, but as I remember it (admittedly not well) she grows into a great leader.
6. Harry (Princess Maud)- the Harry and Marlowe short stories by Carrie Vaughn
So far, I’ve only read one Harry and Marlowe story (I believe there are currently four? I could be wrong), but I quite enjoyed it. In an alternate Victorian London, Harry is a crossdressing scientist/adventurer. I can’t wait to see more of her.