Curious to see just what spin Sasha L. Miller would put on a remix of the Cinderella story, this novella-length story uses LGBT-Friendly scenes to build the story. Please read on for my review of
The Fairy’s Assistant
Hayden is a farm boy, recruited by Lili the Fairy to enhance the lives of those most deserving. A little non-descript, all the better to work with magic in a kingdom that fears, rather than embraces, all things magical.
I’ll be wholly honest, the set up and ideas for this story were wonderful, but getting there was ponderous. The story meandered through the build of Hayden and his daily routine, the fact that he and Lili do not speak, and he can’t read, all added to the confusion. I don’t see this as the second book of an ongoing story, so the lengthy build before any real action was, while intriguing, overly focused on.
Then we get to the Knight, Sidney, charged with rooting out potential mages and others with ‘testing’ and punishment for positive results. After an oddly (and inexplicable) fascination with Hayden, the story proceeds in a linear fashion, with many revisits by Sidney, a tortured Renee, the focus of Lili’s latest project, a masquerade ball, and a bit of conflict, the story proceeds forward with little conflict or real emotional impact.
Light, amusing and meandering, for me, the premise was the standout, and while the writing was competent, I just didn’t find the anticipation of the premise to be filled in the actual book.
Title: The Fairy's Assistant
Author: Sasha L. Miller
Genre: Contemporary LGBTQ Fiction, Fairy Tale Remix
Published by: Less Than Three Press
Published on: 2 November 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Generally Hayden enjoys his life—he gets to travel, he has a fairy in his pocket, and he helps her bring happiness to people who would otherwise go overlooked and continue suffering. The only problem is that magic is illegal, and there's a certain stubborn, handsome knight determined to prove that Hayden deserves to be locked up. Between dodging the stubborn knight and the odious nobles he's currently working for, helping his fairy get a woman to a ball is going to be more difficult than their missions usually are.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.