Demon Princess by Kassandra Lynn, e-book, 162 pages, published in 2015.
Mage-in-training, Aldric, has cast a spell to gain his summon beast, a creature that is bonded to the mage for life, and must carry out every command from their master. Unexpectedly, Adriana is summoned forth as Aldric’s summon beast, just as she is about to become Demon King. Mages and Demons are enemies, so Adriana must keep her true identity secret, whilst working out a way to escape her bonds. Aldric’s handsome cousin, Keldrin, is kind to Adriana and agrees to help her. A mage and a demon could never fall in love, could they?
Demon Princess was a quick and easy fantasy read. This book was much shorter than I expected, and I wasn’t prepared for it to end just yet. It made for an enjoyable read though, and with two more books following it, I’m sure all my questions will be answered in those. I liked the quest that Adriana and Keldrin undertake with two companions into Barren Land. It was exciting and dangerous, but I thought that was the best part of the story. I found the writing a little stilted at times, with a number of tense changes throughout. Overall, I was enjoying the story plenty, so it didn’t matter so much.
I hate the idea of any creature being bound to another like the summoning beasts are bound to their mages, but Aldric’s attitude and supposed superiority to Adriana was appalling. Aldric. What a prat! Rude, offensive, ignorant and incompetent to boot. He was an infuriating character that I greatly disliked. His soppy-eyed obsession with the snotty and mean Princess Salvene was pathetic, and his treatment of Adriana, until he discovered her ability to perform magic, was repulsive. He was nothing more than a slug.
I had mixed feelings about Adriana. Sometimes she seemed a bit snobbish and self-centred, but then she was also being held against her will, so I can understand how upset and angry she would be. She was used to being pampered as the Demon Princess, so she had to adjust to being the servant, rather than commanding them. I liked the magic that she was able to perform. I mostly liked Keldrin, he was kind, thoughtful and talented.
Inevitably, Adriana falls in love with the handsome and talented mage destined to be her mortal enemy. This was quite predictable, forbidden fruit and all that, it’s a common theme in young adult literature. A bit of romance is fine, though I thought it probably got in the way of Adriana plotting an escape earlier in the story. I was surprised that Adriana tolerated Aldric and his complete control over her for that long, despite a crush on his handsome cousin.
Demon Princess is suitable for high school students. It will be interesting to see how the story continues in the next book, Demon King.
*I received this book as a digital copy from the author, who asked me for an honest review of this book. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.