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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
In Courting Fae Thieves and Crowns, Joanna Reeder introduces Amberle Kindra and her journey. King Illuminae has announced that a consort tourney will be held to find a bride for Prince Orion. Hundreds of eligible women will receive an invitation, but only fifteen will take part. After a harrowing day spent trying to avenge a poor woman’s injustice and meeting a stranger who made her heart flutter, Amberle is shocked to find the king in her hideout. He tells her she will be one of the chosen, but only as a spy; she will not become the prince’s bride. Amberle agrees on the condition that the king releases her father. They escort Amberle to the palace where memories of her childhood resurface. Prince Orion isn’t the same boy she grew up with and Amberle now struggles with a choice she doesn’t know how to make.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with Prince Orion. He appears genuine in his interest and hopes for Amberle, wanting to rekindle their friendship. Joanna Reeder creates a distinct barrier between the two faeries: Amberle knew the childhood prince as a bully, whereas Orion remembers his crush on her. I wondered why Amberle’s father was imprisoned. Amberle and her father left the palace for an unknown reason, which is paradoxical. I felt several faeries competing in the competition were a major danger to Amberle and the prince was oblivious to these threats. The transition between Amberle's and Orion’s views is effortless. I became enchanted with the vivid depiction of the palace and the characters' emotions. The supporting characters have distinct personalities and create barriers to Amberle’s ability to spy for the king. I eagerly look forward to the sequel, especially since the end of the story left me hanging. I recommend Courting Fae Thieves and Crowns to readers who enjoy romantic fantasy stories with a growing mystery to solve.