Series: Silver Sparkle Short Story
Author: Jennifer Thorne
Genre: GLBT Fairy Tale
Length: Short Story
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Érard is a lost and wandering prince. Cat is a fairy guardian waiting for his prince to come. They both must discover ‘destiny’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and love can be found in the most peculiar places.
Shipwrecked on a strange shore, Érard is intent on completing his quest and winning the kingdom.
Transformed before birth into an animal by his mother’s ill-fated contact with fairy magic and left for dead, Cat has been raised by the fairies with the anticipation that one day his prince would come. When his prince does finally arrive, half drowned and lost, Cat fears abandonment once more, and allows Érard to believe that he is female.
Érard leaves to win back the title to his own kingdom, but returns, drawn back by friendship and a love that the prince doesn’t entirely understand. Cat begins to realize that he does not wish to live without his prince. But, will Érard accept and love him for who he truly is?
Sometimes, compassion can solve what swords cannot, and love does truly conquer all.
Review: I have read plenty of GLBT “fairy tales, and have yet to find one that really floats my boat…until now. I loved fairy tales as a child and read them well into high-school and beyond. Not the Disney variety, but the dark tales of the Brothers Grimm and the magical stories of Andrew Grey. This is a tale that could fit nicely into a canon of classical tales.
Érard is the eldest of royal triplets. The young men have been sent on a quest by their father, the king. Not long after beginning his journey, Érard is swept overboard and presumed dead. But, of course, Érard is not dead. That would have made for a very short tale indeed. Instead he finds himself in a deserted place and wanders until he stumbles onto the home of Cat, a beautiful magical creature.
The language of this tale is phenomenal. An air of mystery shrouds the entire piece. Little by little, the bits fall into place until the required happily ever after is achieved.
Like all good fairy tales, sex is alluded to more than shown, so if you’re looking for an erotic story…this ain’t it. What this is is an extremely well paced, entertaining story where good vanquishes evil and love conquers all. Brilliant!!!