"A reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince."
Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon.
Devlin's own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne and will use any means necessary. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera. All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee's blood, but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected.
To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon's blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella's traps. But Arabella's traps aren't the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it. (Goodreads)
I love a good, strong female character and have always kind of hated the whole princess-who-needs-saving stories, so picking up Quest I was really curious to see how Waibel was going to portray this reverse fairy-tale I loved how Kaylee grows throughout the story and was able to save her prince, and the kingdom. This is a great example of a very strong character arc, and I totally loved Kaylee for that.
One thing I wasn't expecting was how much I actually really liked the antagonist. Arabella was completely fascinating to me. I could understand her motivation, and while I didn't agree with her methods, I loved getting into her head and seeing what she was thinking and why. I'll admit, if my parents showered a lot of attention on my sibling over me, that would probably tick me off too :) Arabella oddly enough stole the show for me, and added a perfect layer of complexity to the story.
Has anyone checked this out? Ever found themselves totally intrigued by the villain?