A Royal Masquerade (The Tales of Ambia #3)
Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince Colin, but the two of them are invariably thrown together in a way that keeps them at one another’s throats. While attending a noblewoman’s wedding, Burndee and Colin’s private feud comes to a climax when Burndee loses his temper and does the unthinkable. With Prince Colin unable to attend to his royal duties and Burndee bound by an inconvenient spell, can the two of them work together long enough to unsnarl the mysterious goings-on around them?A madcap and magical novella of The Goose Girl from a unique perspective.

A Royal Masquerade (The Tales of Ambia #3) Details

TitleA Royal Masquerade (The Tales of Ambia #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2018
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Retellings, Humor

A Royal Masquerade (The Tales of Ambia #3) Review

  • Allison Tebo
    January 1, 1970
    Content Guide: Some inborn magical abilities, but there are definitely rules for those super abilities, and consequences when it is used incorrectly. Hints of affection between a married couple. Some sword play violence, mostly knocking people unconscious or hitting people.
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    *huge grins* That was fabulousness . . . I think TRG is still my fav tho. But really, the Burndee\Colin dialogue in this one is totally awesome. *falls into a fit of laughing again*
  • Karis
    January 1, 1970
    This book is…-A Goose Girl re-telling-Saturated with humor-A comic drama-Full of mishapsThe Characters are:-Diverse-Hiding secrets -A constant source of entertainment-Often confused (mostly by Burndee) -Larger than life-Mistaken for another Some of our heroes are:Burndee. A reluctant Fairy Godfather. Avid Baker. Entertaining. Irritated by all humans besides his wife. Placed at a wedding. Quick tempered. Loveable in the strangest way. Quirky. Often treated overly politely because of his title. Co This book is…-A Goose Girl re-telling-Saturated with humor-A comic drama-Full of mishapsThe Characters are:-Diverse-Hiding secrets -A constant source of entertainment-Often confused (mostly by Burndee) -Larger than life-Mistaken for another Some of our heroes are:Burndee. A reluctant Fairy Godfather. Avid Baker. Entertaining. Irritated by all humans besides his wife. Placed at a wedding. Quick tempered. Loveable in the strangest way. Quirky. Often treated overly politely because of his title. Colin. Burndee’s unfortunate godson. Loves a good joke. Crown prince. Impulsive. Can match Burndee at a battle of words. Kind. Fun.Horace Windslow. The groom to be. Great at fidgeting. Second Cousin to Colin. Lacking in personality. Described with some laugh-inducing metaphors. Precautions: Don’t read in public, for you’re sure to laugh out loud.Some sword fighting and mild action, all clean and humorous. You may not be able to stop reading.To sum up:-Read this book!-You’ll love it as I did!-And laugh as hard.FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Also many thanks to Stargazer for inspiring to write my book review in the way I did. ;)
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Our favorite grouchy young fairy godfather, Burndee, and his mischievous ward, Prince Colin, are at it again in the much-anticipated sequel to The Reluctant Godfather, and their newest shenanigans are not to be missed. Burndee and Colin's hysterical and exciting antics and adventures had me laughing through each and every page of A Royal Masquerade--and the events were often crazy and surprising. This book is incredibly well-written, and every sentence pulses with crisp and energetic wordcraft, Our favorite grouchy young fairy godfather, Burndee, and his mischievous ward, Prince Colin, are at it again in the much-anticipated sequel to The Reluctant Godfather, and their newest shenanigans are not to be missed. Burndee and Colin's hysterical and exciting antics and adventures had me laughing through each and every page of A Royal Masquerade--and the events were often crazy and surprising. This book is incredibly well-written, and every sentence pulses with crisp and energetic wordcraft, smoothly and artfully bringing the story, scenes, and characters to vivid life. It's a wonderful fairytale retelling that turns the original tale on its head in a new and different rendition of the classic story.As I touched on already, few books have made me laugh harder, louder, and more often than Burndee's adventures, and their latest installment is by no means an exception. Each time I've read and re-read A Royal Masquerade, I've enjoyed every single moment of the hilarious dialogue and narration, events and situations, comedy and wit, mishaps and pranks. And each character is hilarious, quirky, and unique, like the cast of a wild and rollicking comedy, as they find themselves careening through humorous misadventures.Something I may love even more than the humor is the immense heart that this book contains, just like every book in the series. Author Allison Tebo has such skill in writing fairytale retellings that are not only hilarious and unique but also deep, insightful, sweet, and even--at times--heart-wrenching. She has a knack for seeing and conveying the meaning, truth, and wisdom behind each fairytale, and I'm amazed each time I witness her vision for a new book. This one is no exception. The themes represented in this book are wonderful and profound, which takes great skill in such a lighthearted book.But the best part of this book is, as usual, the characters. Burndee and Colin return to once again delight me and other readers with their friendship, bickering, banter, endearing personalities, and vivid character, separately and together. Burndee's narration is as awesome as ever, and his caustic, clever wit shines in both inner and outer dialogue. His character change is only beginning, even though he's come so far since the beginning of his first book. It's awesome to watch his new struggles and growth, since his character arc and character development are so fabulously executed each time--though it's agonizing at times as well as joyful. It's difficult to believably leave a character with room to grow after each sequel while still bringing them gradually to a better place, but Miss Tebo does so smoothly and skillfully.And in addition to the beloved main duo, there's a fabulous supporting cast of vivid, sweet, and hilarious new characters, joined by my other favorite familiar and beloved characters, who return in the sequel alongside Burndee and Colin. Each character, relationship, and interaction is engaging.I especially love the four central characters from the first book (including Colin and Burndee), and being with them again is like visiting old and dear friends. I also love watching the results of the happenings and relationships of the first book! I highly enjoy seeing what happens after these characters' happily ever after, especially because no story ends there even once the book ends. I only wish these things were shown on the page more often, instead of happening off-screen for most of the book--but even when they're shown off-screen, they're present, frequent, and vivid.My favorite new aspect of this book is a sweet new character whom I love very much. I'll be cryptic to avoid major spoilers, but I can't review this wonderful book without mentioning her. This person is my favorite type of character in so many ways--especially because she is a young female character who is both gentle and strong. Her role and journey, both inner and outer, use elements that I've always loved in stories--yet she's unique and all her own. This character's story and plight pierce my heart and touch my emotions, and her determination, goodness, sweet heart, and so much more make me root for her and cheer her on through the hardship she experiences. When I was younger, I needed and craved more characters like her to identify with--and still do even now--and I'm so pleased to know that young girls like I once was will read A Royal Masquerade and be encouraged and inspired by this young woman. I would have loved this book and its newest main character as a preteen, and I loved and enjoyed them both just as much now that I'm few years older.A Royal Masquerade is a hilarious and heartwarming adventure that will delight readers of all ages and genders, preteens and up--whether or not they typically enjoy fairytale retellings. With fabulous characters, themes, and writing, every word and moment shines. Humorous, touching, exciting, entertaining, sweet, and insightful, this new tale of Burndee and his companions will bring enjoyment and laughter to all its readers, as it did for me. I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with family, friends, and other fans now that it's published at last!I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Deborah O'Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    (Originally posted on my book blog.)This book was absolutely SO MUCH FUN! Anyone who knows my reading taste probably knows that I ADORE humorous books, that I’m far more likely to fall in love with a story if there’s a favorite character (or two), and that I love retellings and fairytales. Put all three of those into a novella-sized package, and you have A ROYAL MASQUERADE.I loved this book! As a sequel to The Reluctant Godfather, it follows the continuing adventures of Fairy Godfather Burndee, (Originally posted on my book blog.)This book was absolutely SO MUCH FUN! Anyone who knows my reading taste probably knows that I ADORE humorous books, that I’m far more likely to fall in love with a story if there’s a favorite character (or two), and that I love retellings and fairytales. Put all three of those into a novella-sized package, and you have A ROYAL MASQUERADE.I loved this book! As a sequel to The Reluctant Godfather, it follows the continuing adventures of Fairy Godfather Burndee, which made me super excited because I love that young, grouchy, cake-baking fairy godfather! He’s the best, and so is funloving Prince Colin—one of his wards—who are thrown into each other’s company at a wedding where there are mysterious goings-on and magical mishaps which had me laughing.One hilarious misfortune after another pile on top of Burndee and Prince Colin, with hilarious results! I love both of them, but put them together and wow, it’s just SO MUCH FUN, because Colin is such a prankster and Burndee is so grouchy, and they have to learn to work together in the best possible buddy-movie kind of way. IT’S MY FAVE. XD (And there’s a hilarious, awesome twist fairly early on that I don’t want to spoil but let’s just say Colin may not look like Colin for the whole story and it’s SO PERFECT. XDDD)The plot is a lot of fun because the Goose Girl plot is going on kind of in the background and WE can see it but the main characters don’t catch on as quickly because they have their own problems. It was sooo funny. XD As a retelling, the Goose Girl part was solid, and I liked the twist of the traveling troupe of actors (gotta have some theatricality!) and the little Dumovai creature. :) I still enjoyed The Reluctant Godfather more, particularly since The Goose Girl isn’t my favorite fairytale, but at the same time, all the Burndee and Colin antics were perfect, so this one was still super enjoyable. :DAlso, the fact that Burndee is so absolutely introverted and grumpy, and yet has to deal with all the nobles and people involved, makes it extra funny. Throw in some falling in the fountain, some cake mishaps and a skunk (the SKUNK!!! XD), and a colorful troupe of characters, and you have a recipe for absolute fun! Burndee and Prince Colin are MY FAVORITE and any story involving them is automatically going to be a new favorite, I think. (I also loved the brief appearance of a couple other characters at the end from the first book.) And I need to eat one of Burndee’s cakes!If you like humor and comedy-of-errors type stories, and a sort of buddy-story, with loads of laughs and a fairytale retelling into the bargain, you definitely need to check this one out. :D As a novella, it’s a quick read and you won’t be able to put it down, or stop giggling—I know I wasn’t!An absolute delight! ^_^I received a free e-ARC of this story from the author. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions are my own.
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  • Katie Hanna
    January 1, 1970
    *happy sigh*That was perfect! Review to come!
  • Katelyn Buxton
    January 1, 1970
    ~ I received a free advanced review copy of this book, therefore all of the following opinions are my own ~Having read and loved The Reluctant Godfather earlier this year, I was only too willing to dive back into the world of Ambia and navigate another fairytale retelling alongside my favorite lovable grump: Burndee. And A Royal Masquerade delivered! The Reluctant Godfather was witty, hilarious, and meaningful for all its light-heartedness, and so is A Royal Masquerade.Let’s talk about the chara ~ I received a free advanced review copy of this book, therefore all of the following opinions are my own ~Having read and loved The Reluctant Godfather earlier this year, I was only too willing to dive back into the world of Ambia and navigate another fairytale retelling alongside my favorite lovable grump: Burndee. And A Royal Masquerade delivered! The Reluctant Godfather was witty, hilarious, and meaningful for all its light-heartedness, and so is A Royal Masquerade.Let’s talk about the characters, shall we? I think the strength (or weakness) of characters can really be a deciding factor in whether or not a book is “good” or not, and Tebo’s characters have never been lacking. Burndee is still his adorable (if grumpy) self, Prince Colin is the cheerful prankster, and a whole new cast of characters became equally vivid and memorable through the course of the book. Poppy is a soft-hearted and sweet Ella type, Penelope was pretty much the embodiment of the cranky Princess in the Princess and the Pea, and an entire traveling troupe of actors spiced things up with their rainbow of personalities.As far as plot goes, A Royal Masquerade is not as plot-centered as most books, but there was a thread of magic-gone-wrong through the whole thing that tied it all together. There were plenty of comical incidents that had me laughing out loud, and I especially appreciated seeing outwardly-crusty Burndee’s inward terror that Ella—or anyone, really—would find out what has gone on that day. It certainly wasn’t “neat.” A Royal Masquerade is squeaky clean in the content department, so really the only reason I didn’t give it five stars was because, when all is said and done, I do think I liked The Reluctant Godfather just a wee bit better. But don’t let that deter you! I am eagerly awaiting future installments in the series, and can’t wait to see more from Tebo!
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  • Angela R. Watts
    January 1, 1970
    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ecopy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.A Royal Masquerade is like a giant cake—sweet, beautiful, and full of delicious surprises!The writing style and setting were delightfully vivid and entertaining. Just like watching a play or being right there with the character! I could just imagine the garden and palace settings, as well as smell the baked goods. The writing style and setting snagged me in and I lo FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ecopy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.A Royal Masquerade is like a giant cake—sweet, beautiful, and full of delicious surprises!The writing style and setting were delightfully vivid and entertaining. Just like watching a play or being right there with the character! I could just imagine the garden and palace settings, as well as smell the baked goods. The writing style and setting snagged me in and I loved it to bits.The characters of A Royal Masquerade were my favorite part. Ms. Tebo has a true gift for being friends with characters who are spirited, funny, and life-like! All too often, fiction nowadays belittles princesses and weakens male characters. ARM was like a glass of fresh lemonade because it had characters who didn’t fall flat or cliche. Ever.As usual, my favorite was Burndee (maybe because I relate so much to his grumpiness), and Colin was as fantastic as ever. Ella and Cynthia are two lasses that every little girl needs to read about! And MECK. Ha, yes, I skipped the rest of the memorable cast because this furry dude needs billions of hugs. I could almost feel his soft fur and ears!As for the rest of the cast and plot line, I was amazed. Things were so well woven and hinted, it truly was a joy ride. I was surprised sometimes at the plot’s brilliance. Even though this book was not ‘plot-driven’ because the author wished to show that people are silly and not every book needs to be serious, it was still a focused story! It had character development (EEP!) while also making me laugh.Overall, I loved this book. A strong 5/5 stars. I look forward to reading it aloud to my young nieces!
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  • Mela
    January 1, 1970
    I can just copy my review of The Reluctant Godfather: a funny re-telling of "The Goose Girl". Short - one afternoon, evening is enough. Surprising - I prefer this version from original! And I simply adore Burndee. In "A Royal Masquerade" I fell in love also with Colin.I would have gladly read more of the dynamics between Burndee and Colin. They were such good friends (although I am not sure they knew that). But on the other hand, the length (rather short) of the story was perfect, there was no p I can just copy my review of The Reluctant Godfather: a funny re-telling of "The Goose Girl". Short - one afternoon, evening is enough. Surprising - I prefer this version from original! And I simply adore Burndee. In "A Royal Masquerade" I fell in love also with Colin.I would have gladly read more of the dynamics between Burndee and Colin. They were such good friends (although I am not sure they knew that). But on the other hand, the length (rather short) of the story was perfect, there was no place for boredom, there was an action that kept my whole attention. Reading it, I saw the scenes in my imagination like I was watching the movie (or a theatrical performance).I call it a professionally written story with thoughtfulness.I have found here more witty dialogues and the scenes were more captivating than in "The Reluctant Godfather", but in "A Royal Masquerade" there was not so strong, clear and wise message like in "The Reluctant Godfather".Two considerations you should think of before reading it:--> it isn't a love story (like "The Reluctant Godfather") - but it didn't matter, I had a great time--> you will appreciate it more if you read "The Reluctant Godfather" first.And, I really like Allison Tebo's wit. I can't wait to read her another retelling.
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    Asdfghjkl IT'S HERE, FRIENDS. Now if only I could find my elusive kindle. Also! Giveaway! Here!
  • Aria
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh, I really liked this! RTC.
  • Rayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    A Royal Masquerade piggybacks off of the Cinderella retelling, The Reluctant Godfather, with the same characters, however this time, we read a new take on The Goose Girl, a bit of a lesser known fairy tale. This novella can be read as a standalone though I recommend reading both.Burndee and Prince Colin are easily one of my favorite literary duos! They are so entertaining and I love their silly adventures!In this story, I felt like both characters really came to life and some parts of their pers A Royal Masquerade piggybacks off of the Cinderella retelling, The Reluctant Godfather, with the same characters, however this time, we read a new take on The Goose Girl, a bit of a lesser known fairy tale. This novella can be read as a standalone though I recommend reading both.Burndee and Prince Colin are easily one of my favorite literary duos! They are so entertaining and I love their silly adventures!In this story, I felt like both characters really came to life and some parts of their personalities really improved from the first book. I can’t say much about the story for fear of spoilers, but I will say that it is a well done, and unique, retelling of The Goose Girl.There are only a few mentions of kissing, however the book is completely void of crude and profane language and sexual content. It does have some very mild fight scenes.Overall, I enjoyed A Royal Masquerade just as much, if not more, than The Reluctant Godfather and certainly recommend both! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.This is a LiteratureApproved.com Review.
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  • Elsie Stoltzfus
    January 1, 1970
    A Royal Masquerade This really did remind me of a lovely, ridiculous old movie! Everyone was falling over everyone else, and no one fully knew what was going on! It was wonderful! I loved being with the characters from TRG again, and Burndee and Colin were such a treat! It’s a short read, I finished it in just a few hours, and ended up having the time of my life! It’s definitely a blast of comedy! So if you want something short, clean, and hysterical for a rainy afternoon, this is the book for y A Royal Masquerade This really did remind me of a lovely, ridiculous old movie! Everyone was falling over everyone else, and no one fully knew what was going on! It was wonderful! I loved being with the characters from TRG again, and Burndee and Colin were such a treat! It’s a short read, I finished it in just a few hours, and ended up having the time of my life! It’s definitely a blast of comedy! So if you want something short, clean, and hysterical for a rainy afternoon, this is the book for you!
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