The princess will save you

Sarah Henning

Book - 2020

"When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family's crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior-not a sacrifice. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she'll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kin...gdom."--

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Series
Henning, Sarah. Kingdoms of Sand and Sky ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Romance fiction
Young adult fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Published
New York : Tor Teen 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series information from Goodreads.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
351 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250237422
1250237424
Main Author
Sarah Henning (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Princess Amarande has a full plate of problems. Her father is dead, and although he raised her to be a warrior, the law of the land does not recognize a female heir to the throne. Instead, her council is busily negotiating marriage contracts with the three royals vying for her hand. One of these, a prince under the thumb of his regent mother, arranges for the kidnapping of Amarande's dearest friend, Luca, a stable boy. Amarande grabs her father's swords and her horse and sets out to rescue Luca. Thus begins a riveting series of adventures that cut from Amarande to Luca's plight to loathsome Prince Renard and his creepy younger brother Taillefer, until the stories don't as much converge as collide. Amarande is larger than life, but convincing as well, and while the villains can run somewhat to the cartoonish, that fits with Henning's broad strokes of adventure, humor, and romance, as well as her use of familiar fantasy tropes. The ending promises a sequel and contains a twist readers might not see coming. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Hints of political intrigue bolster a gender-swapped homage to ThePrincess Bride in Henning's (Throw Like a Girl) fantasy duology starter. On the continent of Sand and Sky, in the resource-rich kingdom of Ardenia, Princess Amarande, 16, has been trained in both court and warrior ways at the behest of her father, King Sendoa. Her best friend Luca, an orphan refugee who serves as stable boy, has been raised at her side. Upon the king's untimely death, Ama is faced with the impossible knowledge that she must marry to save her kingdom—and none of the corrupt neighboring kingdoms' suitors hold a candle to Luca. When Luca is kidnapped by three "land pirates" in an attempt to force Ama's choice, she risks her life and throne to save him, racing across Luca's birthplace, the Torrent, an arid, lawless land ruled by a mysterious, reportedly vicious warlord, to reclaim her love. A series of coincidences and plot threads may frustrate as much as intrigue. Though the novel lacks much of its inspiration's humor, quirky dialogue and secondary characters augment a familiar plot that explores themes of feminism, love, and agency. Ages 13–up. Agent: Whitney Ross, Irene Goodman Literary. (July) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Raised by the Warrior King to be a powerful young woman, Princess Amarande is shattered by the sudden death of her father. Convinced that he was murdered, the last thing Ama cares about is choosing a marriage contract. Unfortunately, she must face the hard truth—to rule, she must marry. When one of her suitors tries to force her hand by kidnapping the stable boy she truly loves, Ama will cross harsh, lawless landscapes to retrieve him. Fans of The Princess Bride will recognize its influence here, but this sprawling fantasy stands easily on its own. Ama, a talented warrior raised on strategy, and Luca, a kindhearted stable boy full of devotion, make a romance worth rooting for. Ama, in particular, feels real and immediate. At 16 she is a gifted swordswoman, but she struggles with the sudden exit from her protective royal surroundings. The abundance of murky politics and plot hooks left dangling for future volumes may put off some readers, but the constant action of Ama's journey keeps things moving at an engaging pace. The mystery of Ama's mother, the Runaway Queen, and a massive twist ending will keep interest high for the sequel. VERDICT A strong choice for most collections. Fantasy and romance fans alike will gobble up this energetic story and a relatively chaste romance allows for a wide range of readers.—Amy Diegelman, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family's crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior-not a sacrifice. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she'll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

DON’T MESS WITH THE CROWN…When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: marry the leader of a neighboring kingdom, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. To force her hand, her beloved, the stableboy Luca, is kidnapped. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice. And nothing will stop her from saving her true love. The Kingdoms of Sand & Sky TrilogyBook 1: The Princess Will Save YouBook 2: The Queen Will Betray YouBook 3: The King Will Kill You (forthcoming)Praise for The Princess Will Save You“Everything we love about YA fantasy, complete with first love, sweeping adventure, and a fierce heroine who holds her own. There’s something for everyone in this book.”—Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Sky in the Deep“An action-packed adventure with a fierce heroine that is sure to enthrall! Sarah Henning has created a fantasy narrative that weaves together love and betrayal, pirates and swordplay. Sure to please anyone who grew up loving tales of princesses.”—Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of The Bone Houses “Full of inconceivable wit, daring adventure, and cunning political machinations…It’s as if Sarah Henning looked into my soul that yearned for a book like The Princess Bride and said—as you wish. And yes, this is a kissing book.”—Ashley Poston, author of Heart of Iron“A breakneck fantasy adventure…. Swoony romance, sword fights, a great cast of characters and some clever parallels to a story about another princess who won’t be made a bride makes The Princess Will Save You a strong contender for my favorite novel of the year.”—Emily Hall Schroen, Main Street Books, St. Charles, Missouri