The Fairy's Assistant
Author: Sasha L. Miller
Title: The Fairy's Assistant
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, M/F
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Hayden generally enjoys his life—he gets to travel, he has a fairy in his pocket, and he helps her bring happiness to people who would otherwise go overlooked and continue suffering. The only problem is that magic is illegal, and there's a certain stubborn, handsome knight determined to prove that Hayden deserves to be locked up. Between dodging the stubborn knight and the odious nobles he's currently working for, helping his fairy get a woman to a ball is going to be more difficult than their missions usually are.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had read this story before when it was part of a fairy tale anthology and I remember liking it then. It's pretty much unchanged in this version, so if you've read it before don't expect anything new. That said, it's definitely worth a second read.
Hayden has a fairy in his pocket whose goal in life is to save people in distress by helping them find their true love. He travels around a country that believes all magic not sanctioned by the crown is evil, so he has to hide what he's doing from the handsome knight following him around as well as from the mean stepmothers oppressing those people in distress. It's an interesting take on a Cinderella story that I really enjoyed.
What I particularly liked was Hayden's romance and how it balanced with his fairy's current project of getting a woman to the royal ball. The two plots weave perfectly with each other with an amazing sense of balance. While Hayden is figuring out what he wants with his own life and whether he can even get it given the fact that he has a fairy in his pocket, he's also figuring out how to get the girl to the ball and defeat the evil stepmother. It was great.
Still, I couldn't give this a full five petals. I know that this is a fairy tale and the style of these sort of books is generally simplistic in nature, but it was a little too simple. There was no twist and nothing that happened in the plot surprised me. It was a very enjoyable read despite that, but without that extra depth I just couldn't give it more than four petals.
I really enjoyed the romance and the overall plotting of the book, but I felt it lacked a touch of depth. I definitely recommend reading it regardless; it was that much fun.
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