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When the witch built the 40-flight tower, she made very sure to do the whole thing properly. Each flight contains a dreadful monster, ranging from a diamond-scaled dragon to a pack of slavering goblins. Should a prince battle his way to the top, he will be rewarded with a golden sword - and the lovely Princess Floralinda. 

But no prince has managed to conquer the first flight yet, let alone get to the 40th. 

In fact, the supply of fresh princes seems to have quite dried up.

©2020 Tamsyn Muir (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Irreverent and hilarious!

This is exactly the sort of irreverent fairy tale you'd expect from the author of Gideon the Ninth. I laughed myself silly!

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  • Ignatz
  • 2020-12-03

The Snark Shall Flow

I loved this book! I have been unable to get into Muir's 2nd book in the Locked Tomb series Harrow the Ninth. But this book fulfilled my wishes for more books like Gideon The Ninth. And the narrator, Moira Quirk! I can't say enough good things about her.

Get this novella, read this novella, listen to Moira Quirk read this novella! I promise you, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Andrew Vigil
  • 2020-12-02

A Joy and a Delight (not for children)

I haven't laughed this hard at a book or anything (for that matter) in a long time. This book is a hilarious take on the princess at the top of the tower. But don't be fooled by the story book wall paper this is not a book for young children. But teens and YA and even Adults can delight in this raucous adventure.

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  • BlindWanderer
  • 2020-12-05

Nice!

Generally speaking I don't buy things this short but I liked the authors' other works and this novella did not disappoint. It's well told and compact where it needs to be. Seriously, who needs to hear all fourty battle stories? That would grow old quickly. It's worth the read.

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  • Amber W
  • 2021-01-08

A little gory for some

Gets kind of gruesome in places, but Moira's sweet voice kept it from being overwhelming.

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  • paedagogue
  • 2021-01-03

A darkly hilarious fairytale.

This Princess-in-a-Tower story is brought to sheer perfection by Moira Quirk's delicious narration. A lively pace, laugh-out-loud humor, and unsettling moral quandaries are beautifully woven together in a perfectly proportioned performance. In Muir's variation, the artistically minded witch (very much an auteur) booby-traps each flight of the princess' tower-prison with a different type of monster, in an all-too-successful challenge to the very hardiest of heroic fairy tale princes. We find ourselves riveted by every minute of the princess' awful confinement. Compared to the Baroque intricacies of Muir's Locked Tomb novels, this is a compact stealth vehicle: I'll be listening to it again, for the humor and for moral lessons.

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  • Dave
  • 2020-12-30

Cute quick book

if you want a quick taste of Tamsyn Muir before getting involved in the Locked Tomb trilogy, this is a quick witted taste of the author's writing style. I do also recommend the Locked Tomb as they were two of my favorites this year.
this book definitely paints the damsel in distress books of the past in a whole new light. I really enjoyed it.

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  • 2560431
  • 2020-12-08

The best fairytale retelling ever

As with her Gideon series Tamsyn Muir delivers lots of gore and dark humor paired with an excellent plot. I enjoyed this so much!

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  • Anna d.
  • 2021-04-01

Delightful

Moira Quirk is an incredible narrator and always does justice to the intricacies of Tamsyn Muir's amazing stories.

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  • K. Smith
  • 2021-03-10

So fun!

I’m a huge fan of the Locked Tomb trilogy, also read by Moira Quirk, so listening to this one was a no-brainer. What a delightful journey! Muir manages to pack action, humour, and a significant emotional arc into this rather short tale. Definitely grab this one, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Mikael
  • 2021-02-18

Stunning reading of a stunning book.

Absolutely fabulous! Marvelous reading by Moira Quirk of a really lovely book. Well be an all time favorite!