Series: The Storymakers
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy via NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for a review. This does not effect my review.
About the Book
Dorthea of Emerald is used to being treated like the princess she is. Except she’s trapped in a strange land called Kansas, where no one recognizes she’s royalty. Not her parents, not the hospital’s doctors, not even the cute patient who keeps flirting with her. The only one who knows who she really is? The evil Blanc. And she’s thundering into Kansas to erase Dorethea’s—and everyone else’s—story.
Back in Camelot, outlaw Rexi’s got her own problems…like being locked in a tower. She may have trained with Robin Hood, but she’s going to need to steal more than a key to escape Gwenevere’s trap to take back Excalibur. And even if Rexi manages to get free, she still needs to reclaim her storyline from Morte’s wicked plotting.
It’s not over until the last spot of ink dries.
Dorethea and Rexi won’t give up their happily ever afters without a fight. But with the villains of Story scripting their triumph, does this spell The End for Dorethea and Rexi?
“All the best people have a bit of madness. It’s a sign of brilliance. You just have to learn how to take control of it.“
This is the third installment in The Storymakers series that follows Princess Dorthea of Emerald on her continuing quest to get back home and right the wrongs she did in the first book, Spelled. Now, she’s locked up in the psyche ward, slowly beginning to lose her memories of her home. She discovered her parents in the previous book to find they forgot their home and want Dorthea to “get better”.
On the other side of the fairy tale coin, Dorthea’s mind is linked to Rexi – making the story flip back and forth between the fictional and the reality. The moment Dorthea goes to sleep, she see’s Rexi, taking on the guise of King Arthur, wielding Excalibur while battling the villains of Camelot. With Rexi, she sees the devastation of Dorthea’s treatments in the hospital involving green sludge and constant lies of being incurable. Dorthea later escapes the hospital and goes on a mission, searching for a pair of magic shoes to get her to another realm. Rexi, on the other hand, seeks out to destroy the Wicked Witch.
The quirkiness from the previous novels shows up in droves in this book and the mashup of our favorite fairytale characters makes keeps the fun coming. The single downside I can only come up with is that this wouldn’t be for older YA readers. The characters dialogue and actions fall more along the younger YA reader group. But if you are looking for a new fairytale mashup series that’ll make you laugh – this could be the next one on your list!