As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.
But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.
Picking up where the previous book, A World Without Princes, left off, Agatha and Sophie are now separated in their new Ever Afters, assuming that their story is finally over. Only, it’s not. The Storian knows this and neither girl is sure why. They have their princes, though something is telling them that there’s still a missing piece. And now they have to figure it out before the School Master destroys the fairy-tale land for good.
I was more drawn to this story than the previous two books, mainly because I was trying to figure out what had to happen for these girls to save their world. Agatha and Tedros figure out that neither of them will be happy if Sophie isn’t a part of their lives, as she’s their best friend. So they go on a mission, aided by older fairy-tale heroes and the legendary Merlin, to bring her from the School Master’s hold and convince her that she belongs with them for their Ever After. Sophie, meanwhile, is trying to convince herself that she’s found her true love, yet still misses Agatha and Tedros, so she tries to figure out what that means for her.
The book goes in parts. The first half of the book is spent following Agatha and Tedros on their rescue mission and Sophie’s integration as a teacher and soon-to-be Queen of Evil. In that time we learn there are spies and that not even the Nevers are happy with the School for Good and Evil being just an Evil school – because without Good what does Evil have to stand for? I was pleased to figure out who the spies were for Good before they were revealed, but it was also pretty easy to guess. Then, the second half of the book follows what happens after Sophie is with Agatha and Tedros and their mission to stop the School Master once and for all.
There was so much about this book that I loved and can’t go into detail about because I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it. Just know that you see a lot of great characters, new and old, and there are several plot twists that happen (and most I was able to guess right!). In my opinion, this was the best book of the series so far.
Rating: 5/5 stars