Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that's assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid. In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
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Not Your Mother's Fairytale
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"Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.
When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival."
A combination of traditional fairy tale and futuristic fantasy, 'Stitching Snow' is an entertaining read from cover to cover. While the ending may have been somewhat obvious, the rest of the book was filled with a wonderfully creative approach to the early life of Princess Snow (known as Snow White in the more traditional tales). With the loss of her mother, and her father remarrying the evil Olivia, this book kept the major pieces of the story and reworked all the details, with the exception of a certain red apple.
Essie is leading a relatively uncomplicated life on the rough mining world of Thanda, where no one knows her real identity. Years have gone by and she has eked out a place for herself on the coarse planet, a life that has no resemblance to any other Princess in the known worlds. When she's not tinkering and coding she's busy cage-fighting miners to earn more supplies for her beloved 'bots. But underneath it all Essie still hears her mother's voice, telling her to be the Queen the people of Windsong need. Hearing that over and over causes Essie no end of guilt, but not enough to make her return to her home planet and palace life.
Enter Dane, a rash young man who has crash landed near the mining twin Essie lives in. Unbeknownst to Essie, her decision to help him fix his shuttle will change all their lives. It's how they'll change that remains to be seen. For his part, Dane is more than he appears to be, and we slowly get to know him as each new layer of his personality is uncovered. During the discovery process Essie will find her feelings for Dane changing time and again, so often that she's beginning to feel as if she's been hit by as asteroid. It seems that the name of this particular asteroid is Dane.
With four peoples and planets involved in this book, there is a great deal for Essie to learn, or relearn, as she tries to make the right choices going forward. Once she discovers the truth behind Dane's motives she learns that she can no longer tolerate hiding from her responsibilities. But is she ready to take on a corrupt kingdom, led by her own father and stepmother? She certainly didn't learn much about diplomacy while living on Thanda, nor about military tactics, political scheming, the insanities of court life, or any of a million and one other things a good Queen should know. So is she really fit to try to become the Queen?
Both Essie and Dane are forced into roles they'd prefer to avoid. To make it even more challenging they also must put on pitch-perfect public performances if they are to have a shred of hope for surviving what's to come. Add to that all the new feelings Essie is struggling with and you have the perfect storm brewing within one fairly petite young woman. Will she make the right choices when the time comes? Has she made a mistake in trusting the few people she's pining her hopes upon? Will Essie's story have its own happily ever after, or will her fairy tale be just that, a tale? Or will her reality be the stuff of future fairy tales for other little girls in the distant future?
With creative plot twists, great character substitutions, and and smooth story arc,
Ms. Lewis has taken a beloved fairy tale and turned it on its ear. There are no knights, no dwarves, no glass coffins for this Princess. Instead there are drunken miners, drones as her boon companions, spaceships, and people with remarkable mental abilities. This is not your mother's fairy tale, but it should be your daughter's!