Pippa of Lauramore by Sheri L. Tapscott
Warning: Contains knights, dragons, jousting, and men so sweet you might swoon.
Pippa of Lauramore by Shari L. Tapscott is the story about Princess Pippa, a willful, adventure-prone girl. The book opens at the beginning of a tournament that’s being held in her honor. The winner wins her hand in marriage. The favorite, an uncouth Prince from a neighboring country is immediately cast as the bad guy, and Pippa is searching for a man that can best him. Enter Galindor, brave, strong, courteous and did I mention handsome? Pippa is drawn to him and they set out on a late night adventure that starts a chain of events that not even a Princess could predict. Will she find love or will she be trapped with the vile Prince Lionel? Or someone else entirely?
I’m going to gush, so bear with me but it’s that good. I love these medieval fantasy type of books. There are knights, dragons, endearing declarations of love, an action packed tournament, danger, and a headstrong princess that’s trying to make the best of the situation. Princess Pippa had me laughing throughout the book, and although she’s a wonderful character, she has flaws, like being selfish and stubborn (she is a princess), but she does a wonderful amount of growing throughout and matures into a great person. She reminds me of Tamora Pierce’s Aly, one of my all time favorite characters and I loved her. The thirty men that competed for her hand were fabulous, multi-faceted characters as well. Pippa’s family is wonderful although sometimes I hated the king.
And Archer. What can I say about the Master Archer except, wow. He’ll have you sniffing back tears and sighs throughout the book. I honestly had no idea who she was going to end up with, although I was cheering for more than one man! Archer was definitely a favorite (I do love a forbidden man), and his loyalty to Pippa is admirable. The author creates such great heroes and villains turned heroes that I had a rollercoaster of emotions with some of the men.
Honestly, there aren’t many complaints about this books. The main villain was a little one dimensional. We don’t really know why he’s a bad guy, he’s just an unpleasant individual. I also found a few typos and errors, but the plot was sound, the writing beautiful and the rest of the characters pretty much perfect. I want to live in Lauramore and will definitely be picking up the next books in the series! Did I mention this is a debut novel? This author is skilled!
My Rating: 4.7/5
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