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Review by Lissa Sloan: Princess of Air by Natalie Cammaratta

Arabella is no ordinary girl. She’s not even an ordinary princess. True, as the second-born, she won’t inherit her mother’s throne but will instead marry a prince from a neighboring country to secure an alliance. All typical enough for a princess. But Arabella and her three siblings are magical, each inheriting one of their mother’s elemental powers. And as power over the element of air gradually flows from mother to her daughter, Arabella is rapidly becoming the strongest of her siblings. Still, her power is neither here nor there—until the rules are changed. Now the queen’s four children must compete for the crown, and only the fittest will inherit. The Princess of Air must decide where her loyalties lie, what she wants, and who she wants.


Princess of Air is book one in Elements of Royalty, a romantasy series by Natalie Cammaratta. Outwardly confident and charming but inwardly conflicted and unsure, Arabella is an appealing protagonist as she banters with her beloved but aggravating siblings, navigates political unrest, investigates a mysterious threat, and struggles to sort out her romantic entanglements. Is her sizzling, secret relationship with Tomas only an infatuation, or is there more to it? Can she and her betrothed prince Jamys form a true partnership, or will cultural differences and a controlling future father-in-law doom them from the start?


I loved the unique combination of elements that made up this world and would love to stay in the Elements of Royalty resort, should one ever open. Arabella’s country is airy and beautiful, and the fashions and manners are uninhibited with a classical Greek or Roman feel. However, she is to marry a boy from a buttoned-up, conservative culture that feels more Victorian. I found the resulting culture clash for Arabella extremely intriguing and unsettling. Complete with exciting superhero action, family drama, and heartfelt romance, Princess of Air is a winner. You can find it here.

Lissa Sloan is the author of Glass and Feathers, a transformational continuation of the traditional Cinderella tale. Her fairy tale poems and short stories have appeared in The Fairy Tale Magazine, Niteblade Magazine, Corvid Queen, Three Ravens Podcast, and anthologies from World Weaver Press. Visit Lissa online at lissasloan.com, or connect on Facebook, Instagram, @lissa_sloan, or Twitter, @LissaSloan.

 

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