Fae Friday – Favorite Books With Royalty

Happy #FaeFriday everyone! Wow, it’s really been forever since I made a Fae Friday post. Energy levels have been low, so I’ve literally only been working and reading, nothing else. But I’m getting better at balancing work life with having a life, so I thought it high time to make a Fae Friday post!

Fae Friday is hosted by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae, and you can find all future prompts on her blog! All you gotta do is link back to her page and have fun with the prompt! Don’t forget to use #FaeFriday on your socials, so we can all find each other’s posts! Here is this week’s prompt:royalty

“This weekend marks the end of the Colorado Renaissance Festival 2021 season so the prompt this week is: What are some of books you’ve read that feature royalty?”

I love books that feature royalty, because deep down I never gave up on my dream of becoming a princess. I mean I act like one, sometimes, but I really thought I’d have a Cinderella story when I grew up. Funnily enough, the books I came up with for today’s prompt do not fit the traditional idea of royalty at all, because they’re both science fiction books! But maybe I like them so much because they are untraditional.

Side note: renaissance fairs sounds so fun and I want to go to one.


By Rebecca Coffindaffer

First up is Crownchasers, which I read back in January. Even though it’s been so long and I’ve read many books since then, it’s still in my top 10 for this whole year. It was such a fast-paced, action-packed book; I couldn’t put it down! Alyssa is the royal in this book. Her uncle has ruled as emperor in their quadrant for decades, but Alyssa isn’t keen on following in his footsteps. Thus, as his dying wish, Alyssa’s uncle calls for a Crownchase; a competition for the throne in which each of the empire’s prime families participate.

I particularly liked Alyssa’s character because she is very down to earth (even though this doesn’t take place on earth), and extremely relatable. Plus, she never gets tempted to take the crown. The book also has some great friendships and a teeny bit of romance!

Winter’s Orbit

By Everina Maxwell

Second is Winter’s Orbit. I read this one not too long ago, and really enjoyed it, even though I had to get used to the world and characters a lot. It’s definitely more of a character-driven story, but I tend to enjoy those, so. In this book there are actually many royals, so many that apparently the MC doesn’t even know all of his cousins. But, center of this story is prince Kiem, who is unceremoniously thrown into an arranged marriage with Thean representative, Jainan.

Kiem and Alyssa from above honestly couldn’t be more different. Alyssa likes adventure and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Kiem, however, prefers to just let the space-police handle everything. But, he is a great character. He kind of reminds me of Nikolai from the Grishaverse books, because he’s just as charming and easy-going (but he doesn’t have the same amount of brains).

And that’s it for today! What are some books with royals at their center that you enjoyed? Let me know! Also, pick up these books if you haven’t already, thanks.

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  1. August 20, 2021 / 11:20 pm

    Welcome back to Fae Friday! I’ve missed you, but I’m glad to hear you’re balancing things better now. These sound like such awesome books, and I’ve never heard of them before, but they’re definitely going on my TBR!

    • simonevanheijst
      August 21, 2021 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much!! And both books are great. Winter’s Orbit is a standalone and Crownchasers a duology of which the second book comes out in October. So no endless waiting 😁

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