How to Kidnap your Princess
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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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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.
First off, the character relationship is problematic to me. When the female-gender got a personality of her own, my interest drops. I guess its more of a personal taste, rather than due to the work itself. I am quite surprised with the route the plot took, which is always welcomed, but I can't detach the female personality to the male one no matter how well-defined they were made from each other. I just keep breaking that wall of suspension-of-disbelief, whenever everyone around him treats the two of them differently. That is why the relationship of your characters felt forced to me. I can't even pinpoint which part made it jarring to me, so I'm sorry if I can't help much.
Still, I like how his good intentions and circumstance is leading him to a dark villain path. That was awesome.
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.
Sadly I feel like the intention mentioned in the Foreword is greatly deminished when Dawn and Aidan are given seperate personalities.Because from there on it is much more like two people being linked and forced to share they're thoughts than actually having a single person experience both sides.
Also at the end of book two there is an important piece of the story missing between Lumina waking up and the party leaving such as "How much was revealed to King Helios and Lucien about Dawn" "When did Astromelicus return/Did he return". We know that there is a complete week missing from Dawn promising Lumina to be a dress up doll for a week yet nothing is mentioned, altough things relevant to the story happend. I simply find cutting corners of a story aggravating and wish for this to be known.
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.
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 :(
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
that a character died.
I gave no context for this other than
this character was brought back to life.
I was commenting on how
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.
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!
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.