Reasons for Inclusion: Lesbian princess, trans characters
Publisher’s Summary: Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides that the only option for escape is to run away. Upon the announcement of this plan, her trusted pet cat reveals he can talk by asking that she take him along. Listening to his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch proves to be a very bad idea, but Breanwynne would rather face a witch any day than be forced to marry a prince.
I really enjoyed this story. Princess Brean flees an arranged marriage with only a talking cat for assistance. But the cat knows a witch, and so Brean gets swept up into a life of potion-making, spell-shopping, and trying to figure out the mysterious history between her cat and this witch.
Daily life with a witch was a lot of fun. There’s the ongoing war between the camps of miniature people in the garden, love potions to brew and sell, and elvish politics to avoid. The tension between Fen and Mel comes to light at the perfect pace (and very nicely foreshadowed too).
Everything fit together at the end- the mark of a good fairytale.
Note: I’m wondering if I should change the review format for short stories vs. novels. Ideas?