Review: The Princess Will Save You (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #1)

Title: The Princess Will Save You (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #1)
Author: Sarah Henning
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Litjoy
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.

When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown.

But Amarande was raised to be a warriornot a sacrifice. 

In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning.


After Princess Amarande’s father dies suddenly, she is given orders to marry before she can become Queen. The Kings and Princes from the surrounding kingdoms arrive with marriage proposals, but she doesn’t like any of them. Amarande is in love with Luca, the stable boy. One evening, she goes to see Luca and finds a note that says he has been kidnapped and will only be returned if she marries Prince Rennard. Amarande leaves, following the tracks they left behind. She must save her love and her kingdom.

This story was inspired by The Princess Bride. I’ve never actually read or watched The Princess Bride, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I really loved this story!

I thought I had the story figured out pretty early. There was a note that appeared in the first few chapters after Amarande left to find Luca, and I thought that note had the solution to the kidnapping. There were some bombshell reveals in the final chapters, which really surprised me. I love it when a story can completely shock me at the end, even when I think I have it all figured out.

This was such a great story with a surprising ending! I can’t wait to read the sequel!

What to read next:

Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Have you read The Princess Will Save You? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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