How to Kidnap your Princess

by MDW

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

The realm is in shock. The princess has been kidnapped. The beautiful, kind, and extremely talented magician princess is gone. Woe to the wretched villains that took her away, screaming into the night. Their weight in gold to the one that rescues her. Ministrels sing with tears how the people miss their princess. The hope of the kingdom is gone.

But maybe, just maybe, that was not the entire truth.

What exactly happened to the princess?



This is a fantasy novel with a gender-bending body-swapping protagonist. There will be NSFW chapters because it is a gender bender. Those will be marked and I will make it so readers that don't want to read them can skip them. Some other chapters might have a little bit here and there but will be both light and brief.



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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Foreword ago
Appendix I: Quotes Compendium ago
Appendix II: Spell compendium ago
An inside job part 1: Runaways ago
An Inside Job part 2: School days I ago
An Inside Job part 2: School days II ago
An Inside Job part 3: Crash Course I ago
An Inside Job part 3: Crash Course II ago
An Inside job part 4: Forward ago
Tunnel Delving ago
Learning to Fly (*) ago
No warning shots ago
The blame game ago
Risu ga nigeta! ago
Princess summit ago
Dinner party ago
Costly recruitment ago
An inside job part 5: Memory ago
Warmth Within (*) ago
Moving in ago
Pearly whites ago
Ritualistic duality ago
Waking up ago
Trope trampling ago
Perverts ago
Departure ago
Dungeons & Delving ago
Solace (*) ago
Slippery slopes ago
Requiem for a hero ago
Resurfacing ago
Once again on the run ago
Improbable knight ago
Interlude: Skippy's day off ago
The godslayer (di) lemma ago
Teamwork ago
On hearts, dead, alive, and in between ago
Tunnels & Troubles ago
Lumina the terrible ago
Polishing gems ago
Moment of truth, part 1 of 2 ago
Moment of truth, part 2 of 2 ago
Roadblock ago
Bridging gaps ago
Acting the part ago
Lofty feelings ago
Interlude: Snippets ago
Giftwrapped ago
Opinions ago
Allegiances ago
Arriving expectation ago
Finally there ago
Is she really back? ago
Headmaster's office part 1 of 2 ago
Headmaster's office part 2 of 2 ago
A wild King Helios appeared! ago
Family matters ago
Clarifying ago
Human weakness ago
Princess Summit II ago
Just another royal dinner party, part 1 of 2 ago
Just another royal dinner party, part 2 of 2 ago
Murder on the dance floor part 1 of 2 ago
Murder on the dance floor part 2 of 2 ago
Back to School ago
Forbidden magic ago
Remnants of the past ago
Mixed signals ago
Event horizon ago
Girl issues ago
Afternoon shopping ago
Mile high club (*) ago
The legend of Lumina the Merciful, princess of the Sky ago
Head of the hydra ago
Interlude: Warden Skippy ago
Driving it home ago
Interlude: Man on a mission ago
Midnight request ago
Dawn patrol ago
On the terrors of Necromancy and Soul magic ago
Like a boss ago
It is called "Saudade" ago
The perks of God-Slaying ago
An essay on the state of the fief and the mind ago
Trial and error ago
A new challenger appears ago
Boys and the games they play ago
Weapons of mass gossip ago
The fantasy prometheus ago
The perks of God-Slaying II ago
Interlude: It is a dish best served slimy ago
Preparations ago
Self-Righteousness ago
Manhunt ago
Aftermath ago
The broken elf ago
Away with the fairies ago
Shattered gems ago
Back in business ago
Lumina's diary (*) ago
Lumina's diary (safe version) ago
Non-linear relationships ago
The sixth element ago
Welcome to the moon club ago
Wicked devices ago
Improper matching ago
The right tool ago
You must gather your party before venturing forth ago
Agent "Hacksaw" ago
Rising Dawn ago
Baby steps ago
How to Catch your Hero ago
Coming clean ago
Exposed wounds ago
Immune overreaction ago
Mother of Invention ago
Identity crisis, part 1 ago
Identity crisis, part 2 ago
Sunrise & Sunset (*) ago
Uncanny valley ago
Interlude: Childhood lost ago
Interlude: Saboteur Skippy ago
Nightfall ago
Pillow Talk ago
The Rings of the Lord ago
Elementally part 1 ago
Elementally part 2 ago
Tools of Power Play ago
Into the Lion's Den ago
Everlasting concern ago
How to tame your prince ago
To beget regret ago
A little help from my (girl)friends ago
Is that school lilfe? ago
A Princess walked into a bakery... ago
... and she met a stalwart, confident Prince ... ago
... and hell broke loose. ago
And they call that mercy ago
Therapy for the body, mind, and soul ago
That which we call a hoax by any other word would be as smelly ago
After match aftermath ago
I did it for Science! ago
Home is where the weapon stash is ago
How to cheat and ressurect the dead ago
A game of Rings ago
You were too late ago
Nuremberg-Noncompliant golems (*) ago
The sleeper has awakened ago
Mirror oh mirror ago
Smoke, mirrors, lies and misdirection ago
Epilogue: One minute, nine POV. ago
World Tour chapter 1 - Once again on the road. ago
World Tour chapter 2 - Bored ago
WT ch. 3 - I'm back and I'm not happy ago
WT ch 4 (*) - Can't touch this. Splashing is okay though. ago
WT 5 - Here I stand, in the light of day! ago
WT 6 - A Baron's misfortune ago
WT 7 - I swear one day a visit to the Adventurer's Guild will go without a hitch. ago
WT 8 - Those you can't shake off ago
WT 9 - For whom does the bellows toil? ago
WT 10 - Interspecies Misconceptions ago

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It definitely has its charms. It placed enough mystery and foreshadowing of something bigger to come that I can't stop reading. And the premise is definitely bigger and deeper than what the title hints at.

The gender bender was done better than most fictions here in royalroad, maybe because there is still a huge connection to his old body and the reversal is possible. However, I can't give it full points.

I only have a problem with the characters, but other than that, I enjoyed the story.

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e g Jameson

As of 60 postings / April 2019

I came here from reading another story by this author about a troll. I sometimes get annoyed when characters get so OP there isn't anything to challenge them anymore. That is not a problem for our princess here.

Somehow we find a situation where even with a character with an almost li witless mana and another who is simply a genius of spellcraft, and still everything is a challenge. That's not to say there aren't some obvious handicaps applied, but the struggle is important. Struggle and conflict are what make drama, and too many fantasy stories forget that in their rush to fulfill the authors marysue dreams.

These characters struggle, and it's fun to watch. The world building is mostly flat and cliché, though there is an interesting take on the reality of hero summoning that is incredibly entertaining. 

All in all, worth some time to explore. I think you might find yourself enjoying this little tale.


One of the most interesting novels on this whole site. Characters are original, conflict and resolution are presented skillfully.

Funny, witty parts contrast well with more somber tones in the story.

Foil characters are well written, and love interest(s) are 3 dimensional.

Speaking on supporting characters dimensions, no side character feels truly flat. 99% of recurring characters have at least a modicum of depth.

A few spelling errors, but nothing too egregious in terms of grammar.

9/10 would recommend, loses a pip for being a genderbend, and many people aren't fans of that. But I am. So 10/10.


I greatly enjoyed reading this book and apart from the occasional editorial blunder, I would recommend reading this not only as entertainment but also a good source to further one's thoughts. The characters are generally well defined without becoming one dimensional and the author avoids typical arc to arc storytelling making the world seem alive instead of a mere necessity for the story to progress.

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 Even though I have listed a few complaints in the spoiler this is still one of my more memorable and well-liked books on Royalroad and hope more people will read and enjoy this story and maybe find inspiration to be an author themselves.


Fun and Profund (ch 126)

I came here after reading the Troll story... 

and this one is written with the same cleverness, but in a tone that please me more.


We discover a world shaped by having summoned japanese teenagers, and in which our MC is forced to escape with a princess, more than once, therefore kidnapping them.

The science of magic which is behind this story is well tought of,

The relationships with and between the characters is growing naturaly and it helps a lot.

The story flirts with romance and sweet and conversly with PG-13 aspects : gruesome or real sexy, but all that woven seamlessly and flowing well.

The quality is excellent and the production rythm is astoundishing !


continue in that direction and sorry for having waited so much to write a review :(


An Adventure like no other

As of May 2019

This story is very different than many of the other high fantasy novels on royalroad and I love it because of this. The main characters are overpowered in someways yet they have trials and tribulations that make them grow as characters, and that growth stays consistant throught the story. Also the dynamic that is introduced a bit later between the main character and his party of princesses is unique and how he handles the fact that he no longer knows how he has been influenced is perfection.


All in all I absolutely adore this story and hope that others feel the same way.


This is great. A nice balance between comedy, drama, tramatising content. I'd say it's one of a kind for me.

4.39 stars rating? BS, it deserves higher . At least in 4.5+ territory. You should probably read until around 30+ chapters where you reach the first poll before deciding. Because i was a bit skeptical initially at first too.


Edited: If I could rate this higher than 5 stars XD. The plot, the tension-filled part, the parody, the comedy, and the casts interations get better and better. Also excellent amounts of plot subversions. The story/twist is a good clusterf**k (in a good way) that you can only keep guessing at what the end game out beloved Author has in stock.


So I got a message this morning that my previous review of this story got the ban hammer from a mod because I mentioned

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 I gave no context for this other than

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 I was commenting on how

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 was an important part of a viable story and how I was disappointed this story would do something like that because it cheapens a character and their emotional impact.

What I disagree with the most is I was given no warning and I have come to find RR has no form of arbitration concerning content. RR is essentially a message board where the only form of protection is the whims of a moderator, and moderators only side with the loudest voice, not with the one who is correct.

Anyway, my review of this story is that it is good and fun. Princess has great characters and clever prose, but it is clear the story should have ended instead of left to peter out with a vague continuation at a later date. MDW is a gifted author who's only fault is a lack of planning in outline or story structure. Decompose is currently getting a rewrite for this very issue, so I am happy MDW is taking this criticism to heart and trying to make a complete story instead of JJ Abrams-ing it.


Quite a leap in quality

Having read 'Reincarnated as a troll' by the same author, I almost didn't recognize his work: this story is so much better!

The focus on the characters instead of the blue boxes fixation makes all the difference.

For constructive criticism, if I need to find a minor fault, it is the lack of contrast in the characters of the antagonists so far, but it stays bearable. Still, I hope it won't get worse, and they stay more natural than cartoonish.

Keep up the good work!


Not what I expected, in a good way

I was really worried after seeing the gender bender tag, as books can crash and burn if it is not executed correctly. I’m happy to say that this book is able to make it a key component without making it annoying. On the book as a whole, it’s really interesting seeing the magic system be explained and see summoned "hero’s" from someone else’s position.