“The Prince and the Poisoner” by Helena Rookwood

5/5 stars

I’m not sure where to even begin with this review. I’m voluntarily reviewing this book as I was given an ARC for it. I requested this ARC because of the beautiful cover and the fact it mentioned fae, a fantastically magical carnival, and the title hinted at a slight fairytale retelling aspect. I am ashamed to say I have not read any of Helena Rookwood’s other works, something I hope to remedy in the future! This book majorly surpassed my expectations. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book, and it thoroughly blew me away. Rescued by a mysterious stranger, our protagonist finds herself making a very dangerous deal for her freedom. But that deal leads to other deals and lies and magic and so much more. A spectacular carnival is planned as well as a royal wedding between two very interesting members of royalty. What Lira, the protagonist, thought would be a somewhat simple deal turns into a massive world of confusion, magic, lies, deceit, and maybe even love. What was the true meaning of the deal she made, who really asked it of her, and why did she get roped into all of this? I’m personally not the hugest fan of Lira but I found myself rooting for her as she got caught in all manner of situations. I am very eager to read the next book and get some answers. This book reminded me a bit of Caraval, with a dash of the Iron Fey series as well. I hope many others pick up a copy of this book!

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