Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Excerpt/Review & Giveaway ~ Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks

[br] With the name, Pirate Princess, I was expecting pirates and princesses. I wasn't expecting arch mages, giant crab and octopus, mermaids, and oh so many other things. This was a lovely adventure and I can't wait to read more about Tilia, the Pirate Princess, Finn, Queen Esmerelda, King Jared, The Pirate King and the awesome Faxon.

This story appealed to my love of fantasy and magic. My favorite character was Faxon, that man is a scrumptious version of Merlin! The banter between the Queen and King of Crilan, Tilia's aunt and uncle, was delightful. The romance between Tilia and Finn was sweet and adventurous. My only complaint was that it was so long!!! I felt that it could be shortened, especially in a few places where Tilia tells her past several times. Readers already know it, so it quite a few pages could have been cut with a paragraph or two. Oops, sorry, there was a couple of scenes that kind of reminded me of Twilight but maybe only because I'm a huge Twilight fan.

I can't wait to find out what adventures await for these characters. The romantic in me hopes Faxon can find a woman good enough for him. This was my first Catherine Banks novel, but I am sure to read more! [br]  [br]


“Ready?” Jared asked me with a wide smile.

“Ready for what?” I asked.

Esmeralda and Jared clucked their tongues and their horses shot off ahead, racing together. “Cheaters!” I yelled, clucking to Duke and squeezing my legs to urge him forward. He reluctantly took off at a canter and then lengthened his stride into a gallop. We caught up and then pulled ahead of them both by a neck.

“Your horse’s size is not fair,” Esmeralda called.

“Your small horse should be faster than this lazy giant,” I called back.

We continued galloping for a little ways farther and then slowed the horses to a walk. I pet his neck and praised him. “What a good boy,” I crooned, “I’ll make sure you get spoiled in Markleville.”

“That horse can really move when he needs to,” Jared said.

“He’s a perfect horse,” I said with a genuine smile and heartfelt appreciation.

“I’m surprised you can even mount him,” Esmeralda teased.

“You should have seen her trying to climb up him the first day I gave him to her,” Jared said with a laugh.

“Well you wouldn’t pick me up and put me on him,” I complained.

“It was worth it to watch you scramble up his front leg and almost pull out the poor guy’s mane to get onto his back.”

“I apologized and gave him three apples that night,” I said as I pet his neck again. “He forgave me.”

“Most men forgive you if you give them something to eat,” Esmeralda teased.

“Don’t put ridiculous thoughts like that into her head,” Jared reprimanded her.

“It’s going to be interesting to see who you end up with,” Faxon said with a smirk at me.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked defensively.

“You are equal parts your uncle and aunt,” he said, “I always knew they were meant to be together because of how they interacted, but seeing you as both parts makes me wonder who could possibly counteract your attitude and personality.”

“Are you trying to imply that by being a little bit of both of us that she is unlovable?” Esmeralda asked with venom in her voice.

“Not unlovable, just…difficult,” he said with a wide smile.

“I’ll show you difficult,” she said, her hands moved and then a fire started on the top of Faxon’s saddle pad. His horse bolted ahead of us, bucking as he tried to dislodge the fire and Faxon.

Faxon somehow held his seat and used his magic to put the fire out. “See what I mean?” Faxon called back to us, “Difficult.”

“I’m not difficult,” I said.

Jared reached over and pet my hand. “You’re right; you’re only difficult eighty percent of the time.”

I let my mouth drop open and then glared at him. “You’re the most stubborn man in the Realm of Olanze and you’re telling me that I am difficult?”

“She has a point,” Esmeralda said.

“Don’t you team up with her against me. I’m your husband,” he growled.

“I’m only speaking the truth,” she said.

“You are rather difficult sometimes,” Griffin agreed with Esmeralda.

“Not you too!” Jared groaned. I stifled my laugh, but he saw me covering my mouth and glared at me.



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