Synopsis: Act like a lady. Don’t swim in the waterfall. And whatever you do, never steal into the woods for a romantic, moonlit ride.
For as long as Pippa can remember, she’s looked forward to her eighteenth birthday. The number represents freedom—and the end of her boring lessons with dreary tutors. Unfortunately for the princess, it’s also the age she is expected to marry Lionel, the stern prince of Vernow.
Eager to escape her future with the Lionel, Pippa convinces her Father to hold a traditional marriage tournament. Thirty men travel to Lauramore to compete, including Galinor, the dark-haired, blue-eyed prince of Glendon.
Galinor is everything Pippa dreams a prince can be. He’s handsome and strong, virtuous and true. Immediately smitten, Pippa decides she will do everything in her power to ensure Galinor wins the tournament—even if she must convince her friend Archer to win it for him.
Dragons and fairies, poison and lies—Pippa will let nothing stand between her and Galinor’s future.
But despite how well the tournament begins, Pippa may soon learn even the right prince can be the wrong man.
Pippa and two other characters are forcibly kidnapped. A character is injured and poisoned by a dagger. Jousting and hand to hand combat are part of the tournament. Pippa is attacked by a glassner (a mythological creature) who injures her. Injuries are caused by a rockslide and a dragon attack. Mentions of dying in battles and a family starving to death as a result of the war.
The tournament is to determine Pippa’s future husband. She chooses Galinor to become her champion, and yet loves Archer. She regularly sneaks away, making several people check her purity ring (which is magical and will tarnish if she’s impure). She and Archer kiss. A wife kisses her husband and the girls talk of who is handsome. A character insinuates ruining Pippa.
When kidnapped, Pippa and her friend is drugged. They hallucinate. The bandits become drunk. Alcohol offered to the injured to dull the pain.
Pippa regularly defies her father, sneaking around behind his back. She and Archer help Galinor cheat in the tournament.
A character accuses Pippa of being a harlot and calls her a tavern wench.
Overall feel: Pippa is a willful princess, and gets into many hilarious scrapes. A clean story, it focuses on the romance, and yet has elements of suspense and action as well. Pippa, stubborn to a fault, is also a loyal and loving character and has a humorous and engaging story. Those who enjoy a light fantasy with romance will certainly enjoy this book.