Book Review: Of Dragons and Fae: Is a Fairy Tale Ending Possible for the Princess’s Hairstylist? by Tsukasa Mikuni
Title: Of Dragons and Fae: Is a Fairy Tale Ending Possible for the Princess’s Hairstylist?
Author: Tsukasa Mikuni, YukiKana (Illustrator), Molly Lee (Translator)
Released: November 12, 2019 (Kindle)
Description: “At last, I’ve found you, my Bondmate.”
As Flowerfolk, I never dreamed of having a fairy tale romance, but I also didn’t expect to be dumped three days after being confessed to by a dragon knight! Spurned and angry, I decided to devote my life to my work as the human princess’s hairstylist, only to find out that the princess was going off to dragon country to marry the Dragonkin prince and taking me with her. Now I have to serve in the castle as that jerk who dumped me! The princess can have the fairy tale ending, I’m done with romance.
Please keep in mind that this review contains spoilers for the entire book. Read with caution. If you click on the “Read More”, it is under the assumption that you either don’t care about spoilers or you’ve already read the book.
This is a one-shot light novel that’s actually a really light fantasy/romance story about Mayna being Princess Patricia’s hairstylist and is in her point of view. And honestly, it’s really appreciated to take a backseat from the drama of the royals and focus on someone who not only has a good relationship with said royal, but she is involved in the plot.
As for Mayna herself, she’s actually a really fun protagonist. She is quite the workaholic but it doesn’t feel like she’s forcing herself by any means to be passionate; she is passionate. She cares so much for her works and the image of Princess Patricia towards the people of Dragonkin who seem to be easily led by a singular tabloid.
Honestly, I wish there was a bit more conflict or at least more understanding why not just the Dragonkin not like her (besides the fact Princess Patricia is human and no one likes a political marriage) but also why another country would want to sabotage it. It does come up… but near the end of the story. By the time Mayna has an apprentice, it becomes pretty obvious he has some ill intentions behind it all.
But the issue can be blamed on the fact it’s an oneshot. If this story had at least one more volume, it could probably flesh out some of the characters a lot more. It would be easier to get a sense of how the Dragonkin interacted with the world within their own and how Mayna, someone with drops of Flowerfolk blood, would feel aside from getting a heatstroke that one extreme time. The fact it’s an oneshot is both a detriment and a blessing. A blessing because certain aspects weren’t as long as they could’ve been but a detriment because the pacing can get really bad near the end. I really would’ve liked to see more romantic interactions between Ray and Mayna more instead of having to read a very small epilogue and an extra few paragraphs. I wouldn’t call that ending bit a “short story” simply because it’s an “observation log” by one of the side characters.
It’s frustrating because I came for romance. And yes, I do get it but, again, I wish there was more. Ray’s reasons are understandable within the context of the story but again, I wish it was stretched out a bit more. I would love to get to know Ray a bit more other than someone who clearly loves Mayna.
A neat thing about this oneshot is that while it could’ve easily fallen into the trap of over-explaining hairstyles, there was just enough to use my own imagination.
Though, if you’re looking for something simple to read, definitely give this light novel a chance!
Posted on June 10, 2020, in ★★★★☆ – 4 Stars, Book Reviews, Light Novels, Oneshots and tagged anime, book review, fairy tales, light novel, of dragons and fae: is a fairy tale possible for the princess's hairstylist?, reading, review, spoilers, tsukasa mikuni. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.