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A Fragile Enchantment

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tailor-meets-prince magical fantasy fits romance fans best.

Book Allison Saft Fantasy 2024
A Fragile Enchantment book cover: A woman with long brown hair streaked with gray in a green dress dances closely with a dapper man in a field of rose bushes

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While romance fans may feel satiated by this magical tale that draws a huge heart around a prince and a simple tailor, fantasy fans will yearn for something meatier. Yes, all the boxes are checked, romance fans. Prince Kit is insufferable and unattainable; Niamh is long-suffering and apparently on the verge of a chronic illness. They spar with sparks flying, she faints but saves him emotionally, their love is absolutely forbidden. There are even wedding-day hijinks. Soak it all in.

What's missing for fantasy fans, then? There are a few great subplots that get the short shrift. Niamh's fellow Machlish are demanding reparations and better pay -- they are perpetually in the background of the story. The Prince Regent is in over his head and the kingdom is suffering -- there's a mention of a parliament that he never visits and a disgraced king for a father he never sees. Everything is set up to serve the romance, which gets incredibly transparent when Niamh says she needs to be hard at work on her creations -- the wedding is just weeks away! -- but instead she's repeatedly invited to balls and country estates because that's where Kit is. Also serving the romance: the touches of melodrama. Niamh confesses that she's going to die young, yet her grandmother with the same gift and illness is still alive. Only readers who can ignore these loose threads will find this moony romance a good fit.

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