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Publisher's Summary

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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You can just tell Tamsyn Muir was having a good time writing this one and the feeling is infectious. I've listened to this novella twice already and will probably listen to it again. I adore the evolution of Floralinda from archetype to a fully developed character, and hope Moira Quirk performs all of Muir's future work. I devoured the Locked Tomb series thus far and Floralinda is a delightful amuse bouche (how pretentious of me to say) helping me wait for the next release.

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Fun time, certainly different.

-I'm glad I tried it. I liked it. No spoilers or specifics here, but the ending left very mixed feelings and while it wasn't "bad" it did not feel especially satisfying for me.

-I wish it was longer but I appreciated the way the main character developed. It felt appropriate and her arc resonated. Again, no specifics or spoilers, but although I wish it ended differently the way it ended did feel correct for how her character arc played out.

-The narration was also a mixed bag. There is a side character whose voice was annoying. But then I think that character is meant to be annoying so maybe the narrative choice was appropriate and just worked too well? It took some time and effort to get into the narration style and choices but by the end they seemed fine. Nothing special, but very serviceable.

-I went into it thinking it would be a satirical or absurdist send up of fairy tales, and it is not that. It's weird though because it starts off feeling it is going to be that, and then as it progresses there are what are obviously serious and sincere poignant character moments. I think starting lighter and getting more serious is maybe part of the point? I don't know. It has left an impression and given me pause to consider.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kalit Atl
  • 2021-05-22

fun and funny

Tamsyn Muir is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Also, the Muir Quirk pairing is pure gold.

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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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  • 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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  • Chase Sutter
  • 2020-12-11

good, light listen

Solid humor and fun, mostly lighthearted story. I would read a sequel or another like it

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  • Landon Taylor
  • 2022-05-25

WICKED and Wonderdul

Who can take all the fairy tale tropes and turn them inside out, guts exposed? And who can make the readers love the twisted journey even as we squirm? Tamsyn Muir. I’m going to share this with every person I know who’s gone through a painful, productive metamorphosis. This story is delightful on its own or enjoyed as a metaphor.

And Moira Quirk is unbelievable - it’s like there’s a full cast of voice actors, and they bring nuance to every dark corner and subtle inflection of the story. I’ve listened twice and will listen again. And again.

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  • Ines
  • 2022-03-10

Not your typical Princess in a tower story

"Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower" is the princess-in-a-tower fairytale retelling I didn't know I needed. At the beginning of the story, Princess Floralinda is trapped in a tower, waiting to be rescued by a prince. Each flight of the tower comes with its own monster and after a succession of failed attempts at rescuing her, resulting in many princely deaths, Princess Floralinda realises she might have to take matters into her own hands if she ever wants to get the f*ck out. The narrative voice is subtly interjected with biting humour and I had a jolly good time listening to the audiobook, brilliantly read by Moira Quirk.

I loved the premise of this novella. While the idea of a princess rescuing herself isn't exactly new, the execution in this one felt refreshingly fun. Princess Floralinda sheds her pretty exterior to a grimier one, allies herself with a fairy who seems to hate her guts and reminds her so every day, and battles her way down through a plethora of mythical creatures. Perhaps a little too many, as the story feels repetitive often, especially because there is little difference in the way the monsters are defeated from flight to flight.

It made me think of that time-consuming part in a video game, when you reach a certain checkpoint after having reunited items and weapons, only to fail trying to defeat the villain and having to do it all... all over again. And again. And again... until you level up. Princess Floralinda is strong-willed though, and will keep on pushing herself until she gets to the bottom of the tower. You know that line from that song with The Rock that goes "it’s about drive, it’s about power / we stay hungry, we devour..." etc? That's Princess Floralinda in a nutshell for you.