Once a Princess

Once a Princess

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by Sherwood Smith
     
 

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Swashbuckling in a magic world-L.A. style!
Sasharia en Garde! book 1.
Sasha's mother, Sun, was once swept away from a Ren Faire to another world by a prince-literally-but there was no happy ending. Sun's prince disappeared, and a wicked king took the Khanerenth throne. In the years since, Sasha and Sun have been back on Earth and on the run. Mom and daughter don…  See more details below

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Swashbuckling in a magic world-L.A. style!
Sasharia en Garde! book 1.
Sasha's mother, Sun, was once swept away from a Ren Faire to another world by a prince-literally-but there was no happy ending. Sun's prince disappeared, and a wicked king took the Khanerenth throne. In the years since, Sasha and Sun have been back on Earth and on the run. Mom and daughter don't quite see eye to eye on the situation-Sasha wants to stand and fight. Sun insists her prince will return for them one day; it's safer to stay hidden.
Then Sasha is tricked into crossing the portal to Khanerenth. She's more than ready to join the resistance, kick some bad-guy butt, and fix the broken kingdom. But...is the stylish pirate Zathdar the bad guy? Or artistic, dreamy Prince Jehan?
Back on Earth, Sun is furious Sasha has been kidnapped. Sun might once have been a rotten princess, but nobody messes with Mom!
Warning: This title contains a kick-butt mother-daughter team, a wicked king, a witty pirate with an unfortunate taste for neon colors, inept resistance fighters, a dreamy prince who gallops earnestly hither and yon, and a kick-butt princess in waiting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605041704
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Series:
Sasharia En Garde Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Sherwood Smith is the author of a number of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the "Wren "series for Young Adults, the Exordium novels (with Dave Trowbridge), the recent "Atlantis Endgame," a novel of the Time Traders series (with Andre Norton), Solar Queen novels (also with Andre Norton), and many others. She lives south of Los Angeles.

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Once a Princess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Ancamna More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Sherwood Smith's books, and Once a Princess is definitely one of my favorites. I described it to my friend as a cross between Crown Duel and the Inda series. It involves a kick-ass heroine, a troubled kingdom, and pirates. The story is told in first person by Sasha and third person for the other characters, which I barely noticed until I just looked it up, showing how well the different POVs are integrated. It is a romantic fantasy, but the story is run by the characters and plot, not by the romance -- that grows organically out of the people in the story. Once a Princess starts off with Sasharia, hereafter known as Sasha, being woken up to a couple to goons banging on her apartment door which she answers and soon after slams shut. During that interval we're treated to a quick back and forth conversation where we learn the most important parts of Sasha's history. Namely, she's a princess from the world of Sartorias-deles, her mother is originally from Earth, her father is missing, and both her mother and herself have been constantly on the run trying to avoid such a meeting with nameless goons, who want to bring them back to Sartorias-deles to be put to the mercy of the "king." Sasha promptly calls her mother, Sun, and finds out that the goons have found her too, despite her mother being more assiduous with moving around and changing names. They meet, exchange stories, and a little more of the background is filled in, in a completely non-infodump way. Then they split up once more. A few days later Sasha gets pulled through the world gate to Sartorias-deles. When Sun finds out, she follows after, both trying to find her daughter and deciding that she's run long enough. Sun and Sasha have seperate adventures at this point, yet both tie into the plot well. When Sasha gets to Sartorias-deles she meets a brother and sister who are supposedly on her side, and help her escape from the king's soldiers who soon begin chasing them. A pirate enters the fray, also supposedly on Sasha's side, and helps out with the sword waving so they all can escape. It is apparent soon enough that the pirate is using an assumed name, and I started trying to guess who he would turn out to be. I didn't figure it out until I was told. This part was done really well -- even though I had vague muttering suspicions in the back of my mind they weren't loud enough to even voice an opinion, let alone make me believe they were correct. Overall, the characters in this book are written very well. There are a few surprising traits that pop up in characters, but rather than making the characters seem less real, it makes them seem more real, and less cliche. There are also a few surprising characters who drift in and out, and if you've read other stories by Sherwood, you'll recognize where they come from. This is one reason I love Sherwood's books. Not only are her characters realistic, but her worldbuilding is simply amazing. It's like she is writing a history of her world, not simply many stories from the same world. Once a Princess has a competent heroine who knows herself and forms her own goals. Two competent heroines, I should say, for while Sasha is the main character, Sun has a large part to play as well. With a hero dropped into the mix as well, this book is full of enjoyment from start to finish. (And the next one is just as good, or better.)
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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Kirconnell More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the world the author has created and the characters were likable if a bit predictable. The problem I had with this book was that although I enjoyed it while Ii was reading I didn't feel any urgency to pick it up again after a break in reading. I hope others have better luck with the story.
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Erin Taylor More than 1 year ago
This book has some great action and characters but the way it beins is horribly confusing and i had to stop reading becase of lack of understanding.
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KennaS More than 1 year ago
Any smut in this book would have ruined it but as it stands, this is perfect for pre teens, teens and adults alike. I LOVED this book! A little bit much TMI on the action scenes but those are notoriously difficult to write anyway. I want to live in this world!
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