The Mirror and the Curse ~ Review

The Mirror and the Curse
Faraway Castle #5
By J.M. Stengl

In The Siren and the Scholar, we got to meet Princess Eddi and she's back for another Faraway Castle story in which she is the princess taking center stage. Every year Eddi has a new prince crush and Prince Fidelio is this year's recipient of her affections. She's known him almost forever or so it seems, and he is nice, sweet a little shy, and a prince so her father should approve. There is just one problem, well maybe two. First problem, Eddi's nemesis Raquel has set her sights on Fidelio and he is more than happy to split his time between them both. The second problem, her longtime friend Kai would be perfect boyfriend material except he's a dwarf and not a royal. 

But when someone targets Eddi and her winged horse Snow she has even more trouble than she can handle on her own. Using magic for nefarious reasons is frowned upon and worse it has put both Eddi and Snow in danger. But who has the skills for such attacks is something Eddi can answer. She needs help and the staff at Faraway Castle are more than willing to help her. And as she needs specialized training with Snow to prepare for the upcoming Faraway Castle Cup she has the perfect reason to escape to the comfort and familiarity she has known for many summers. 

If you have read any of the previous Faraway Castle books you know what to expect and you will not be disappointed with The Mirror and the Curse. Each new addition to the series moves into my read recommendations and this one is no exception. I love this book it is just so good.

I was provided an advanced copy of this book with no expectations but to provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Now a word of warning this book will be released later this month and you don't want to miss out on getting it as soon as possible so be sure to preorder it to get it on release day May 28, 2021!

About the Book:

This summer, Princess Eddi intends to win both 

Prince Fidelio’s heart and the Faraway Castle Cup!

A summer of training for the race at the resort with her winged horse and Kai the dwarf sounds ideal. Better still, Prince Fidelio decides to join her . . . so her summer plan is a done deal. Or it would be if Fidelio would behave like a sensible boyfriend. And Kai? Sidekick dwarfs are not supposed to be confusingly attractive.

A series of mysterious magic attacks merely adds to Eddi’s trouble. But who is out to get her? Her nemesis Raquel is the obvious villain, but she doesn’t have magic. Eddi’s annoyingly perfect stepmother does, however. Worse still, there’s rumor of a dangerous magical artifact on the loose . . .

Can Eddie power through one obstacle after another and achieve both her summer goals? Only if her heart will cooperate!

If you love adventure, humor, and sweet happily-ever-afters, try the Faraway Castle series today. Each of these interconnected fairy-tale retellings can be read as a stand-alone. You won’t want to miss any of these plucky heroines as they fight to conquer the odds and win their true loves.

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