A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst…
Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger-and, unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest-she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.
This is the story of a cursed princess,
A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.
Author: Brianna Sugalski
Series: Disenchanted Series #1
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Publishing Date: March 3, 2020
Genres: YA Dark Fantasy
A book that has a princess with a voracious appetite and with pee humor?
Is this real? Am I possibly in love?
Lilac is such a likable character and I loved her from the start.
Lilac has a problem, she has a Darkling tongue, meaning that she can communicate with the inhabitants of the Brocéliande forest. There are creatures such as vampires, shape shifters, witches, and more.
Steeped in Celtic lore and mythology set in 1532, this was on point with making you feel transported in time and into a world of magic. This actually turned out to be such a perfect read for my Spooky themed reading month, vampires, a dark forest full of magic? Hello October!
Sugalski surprised me, I thought this was going to be an enjoyable read but it was also SO well written and thought out. The humor kept it lighthearted and was nice to have whereas a lot of other books I’ve read take it too seriously. I also forget to mention that Sugalski does a perfect job of showing you a Princess in a forest who has been sheltered her whole life until then.
Lilac does not magically become a skilled hunter and tracker, she packs clothes not adequate for travel, she gets lost, and she gets dirty. I loved that, it was part of what made it a rather unique read for me in some ways. We have skilled Princesses in forests, but this was the first time I had seen an unskilled princess actually show her shortcomings. HUZZAH
Not only is this fun and lighthearted, Sugalski also shows such great personal growth with Lilac. She’s a princess trying to cure herself for her people, but what is she going to learn along the way? When her kingdom could be more about the humans, as she realizes the power she has. And just because Lilac was sheltered doesn’t mean she doesn’t bring something to the table, she’s stubborn, determined, and has a kind heart.
Luckily though Lilac does have the aid of Garin. He’s not exactly what he first appears to be but it’s clear that he’s exactly the kind of aid Lilac needs for her journey through the woods.
Garin and Lilac have fun banter lol but he was also appropriately broody which is always a good thing in my book, especially when done in small balanced doses and not just all broody all the time…though sometimes that works for me too, but that’s not the point here.
The ending was pretty awesome, I don’t want to give anything away but just know that I was cheering Lilac on!
Overall a really fun read and I want to thank Parliament House Press and MTMC Tours for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion as part of this tour.
About the Author
With an education in Mass Communication–and an engrossment in all that is curious and bewitching–Brianna Sugalski is an author and blog editor at the Parliament House Press.
The Filipino-American author was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, but travels the country every few years with her husband and two children. She admires the luminaries of the Victorian Era; growing up reading period literature, folklore, and fables has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives that readers will hopefully enjoy.
Ultimately, she aspires to make her own readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives on society and systemic prejudice, and to help them discover the magical meaning of their own powers within.
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The Rest of the Tour
October 12 – Paperfury
October 13 – Books.Bags.Burgers
October 14 – Ramblingmads
October 15 – The Reader and the Chef
October 16 – Gwendalyn’s Books
October 17 – My Bookish Court
October 18 – Odd Socks & Lollipops
October 19 – Alissa’s Booktopia
October 20 – The Caffeinated Reader
October 21 – Eternal Chapters