Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Princess and the Rogue: The Tears of Hathor is an exciting fantasy for preteens by Richard J. Johnson. Princess Li wishes she could find the legendary Tears of Hathor to remove the curse from her father, the Emperor, and their kingdom of China. The Emperor arranges a marriage for the princess, but she runs away from the groom’s bodyguards. Li meets Aramis, a crafty Greek thief who helps her elude the men, and the two decide to search for the precious Tears. Princess Li is abducted by Arab slave traders in Dahab, which is known for sheltering thieves and robbers. Aramis searches for the princess and locates the Arabs’ camp, but contemplates how he can free the princess alone. Meanwhile, the groom’s guards follow their trail.
This is a terrific story for preteens who enjoy fantasy. Richard J. Johnson’s The Princess and the Rogue: The Tears of Hathor is an adventure filled with great action and a bit of magic. Princess Li and Aramis are from different countries and lifestyles, and the author gives an interesting account of their backgrounds, which I find very moving, especially Aramis's. There are other characters who make the story entertaining, and descriptions of a few settings made it easy to visualize the events happening. However, I felt that certain characters whom I met during the early chapters did not get the justice they deserved with the discovery of The Tears, so the conclusion left me wondering about them. The book is still a great read.