A shattered princess is a vengeful princess. On the shores of Madra, rebellion has won. Her family dead or missing, Helena seeks help from the kingdom across the sea. Bela. She knows it from stories of magic and war but now finds herself at the mercy of the intimidating Basile queen. Etta is everything Helena wishes she could have been for her family and everything she hopes to be still. Convincing the foreign warrior queen to let her stay is easy. Convincing her to train a princess she barely knows is something else entirely. When shocking news comes out of Gaule, Helena realizes the fight for Madra hasn’t ended. It has only just begun. Dell Tenyson left everything behind. When the crown fell, he found himself on the unlikely side of those trying to save it. And they’d failed. Now, he follows Helena across the sea to help her regain what she lost. Not the crown. Her family. But when all she wants is vengeance, will he be enough to remind her she still has a reason to live for something more? Glass Princess is book two in a duology that is part of the Fantasy and Fairytales series.
These characters. I absolutely adore these characters. A dual point of view is offered again in this story and I'm so glad it is. This is definitely a story that needed both sides. Len is such a fierce character and I love her loyalty to her country. It was tough to see her turn a little hard but she never really lost herself. All of her pain was felt through the pages but I also liked how she was determined to go to whatever ends to protect her people and family. Dell is just everything. I loved his character and how no matter what he stands by Len's side. They both grew a lot in this book into the people I know they want to be and in the end they stand by each other. I'm glad that we were able to have more Etta and Alex... especially after the third book. They definitely are adorable and I love them so much. What I loved though is how Tyson called Etta's behavior out in the third book. I WAS DYING! But these are definitely fantastic leaders and their lands are definitely in good hands with them.
Overall, Glass Princess by M. Lynn was another fantastic addition to this series. It was a great way to tie up the retelling portion of the Cinderella story. The pacing was fantastic and I appreciated all of the twists that I didn't see coming. Each character had great development and I loved the path Len and Dell were on. If you enjoyed this series thus far, I would highly recommend continuing with this book. These retellings are definitely becoming one of my favorites
GLASS PRINCESS gives us the ending to Helena and Dell's story, which is inspired by Cinderella. When Cole takes over the throne, Helena finds herself in Bela with a character we're all familiar with: Etta. Here, she struggles with grasping the tragedy that happened back home. She must decide if she wants to reclaim the thrown and how she should go about it. But no matter what she chooses, Dell will remain at her side.
This series has so much raw emotion that you become invested in the characters and want what's best for them. It's a page turner that you won't want to put down. I absolutely love Dell, even though Edmund is still my favorite. I love how this duology connects to the Rapunzel retelling.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the rise and fall of kingdoms, the makings of a badass princess fighting to reclaim her role as queen, and the magical properties of the characters and the story itself.