I received an advanced copy of Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower through @NetGalley so I could share my review with you!
Princess Floralinda has been locked in a tower by a witch and her only hope of escape lies in the arms of some prince who may or may not ever arrive. You see, that is what is expected from princesses, princes, and witches. The tower itself is a bit outside of the ordinary, with forty flights each containing a unique monster that must be fought to reach the top. Floralinda, as a fairly typical princess, understands that she is expected to wait in the tower, but after watching countless princes enter the bottom of the tower and never come out, she begins to lose hope. None of them can get past the dragon on the first flight of the tower, which is quite far from reaching Floralinda. Soon, the princes seem to have all died or lost interest, and winter is coming fast to the tower. It’s up to Princess Floralinda to save herself or else die trying to get down all forty flights.
I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw that I was going to get to read Tamsyn Muir’s newest release early! Muir’s writing is easily some of the most entertaining I’ve found, and Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower was no exception! Tamsyn Muir perfectly balances comedy with heart-wrenching emotion, capturing the complexity of real-world human beings in fantastical settings. Watching Floralinda’s character grow and develop as she journeyed down the tower was hands-down my favorite part of this book. Though this story was novella length, it was absolutely packed to the brim with adventure, excitement, and more than a few instances of dumb luck saving the day!
If you’re still reeling from your Harrow the Ninth book hangover, Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower would be a great book to fill the void! Though the worlds and characters are remarkably different, I found that I loved following Floralinda’s journey almost as much as I enjoyed reading about Gideon and Harrow. This book would be a great choice for fans of non-traditional fairy tales!