Thief Liar Lady

Del Rey: Ballantine. Jul. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593358054. $27. FANTASY
Soria’s (Fire with Fire) adult debut is a Cinderella retelling in a fantasy kingdom with access to magic. The story begins after the fairytale meeting, with twists and a true love that isn’t expected. Ash and her stepsisters have been trained by her stepmother to use magic to manipulate and control, with the goal of forming an influential marriage. The day of Prince Everett’s ball, Ash uses magic to get the prince to fall in love with her. After he sweeps Ash away from her evil stepmother to the palace, they begin to plan their wedding. Unbeknownst to Ash, however, there is another prince there, the hostage prince Rance of Eloria, whose charm is distracting Ash from her original scheme.
VERDICT Soria’s novel will grab readers right from the first page with her strong women characters and unexpected twists on a classic tale, as it alternates between the present and past, slowly revealing the real story and the depth of the characters. Fans of Marissa Meyer, Holly Black, and Rebecca Ross will enjoy this read.
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