The Fairy’s Gift by H.R. Harrison

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The Fairy’s Gift by H.R. Harrison
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (63 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Fairies are creatures of great and powerful magic. Many use it for Good, others for personal gain by blessing the children of royalty—and some fairies want nothing more than for people to suffer. And what could be more devastating than stripping away something that shapes the very core of a person’s identity? What better way to punish a kingdom than to remove its only heir? Yes, a cruel fairy could do much by changing the body of a lone prince.

Except she didn’t anticipate the prince was actually a princess all along…

Curses don’t always turn out the way the person who created them intended for them to happen.

One of the things I liked the most about this book was how much time it spent showing what everything in this universe looked and felt like. From the scenery to the clothing, everything was described in so much detail that I almost felt as though I could reach out and experience it for myself. The food sounded delicious, the castles seemed like they’d be comfortable places to stay, and most of the clothing was appealing as well.

This story included a few different subplots that came from classic fairy tales. While I was amused by the idea of multiple happily-ever-afters occurring in the same time and place, having so many of them competing for attention in something this short did slow down the progression of the plot. I would have preferred to spend more time focusing on what was going on with Wynn’s life as she certainly had more than her own share of adventures.

Wynn was such a sweet and likeable main character. Her personality was well developed, and her willingness to rush into a strange and possibly dangerous situation fit in perfectly with that. She was exactly the kind of person who I would expect to behave that way because of how many examples the author gave of her making similar kinds of decisions as she grew up.

I’d recommend The Fairy’s Gift to anyone who enjoys this genre as much as I do.

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