The Prince and Her Dreamer Cover

Clara feels stifled by the life that’s been planned out for her, and clings to her only hope that something more might be possible: a mysterious book given to her by her Uncle Drosselmeyer, that recounts the tales of the magnificent warrior woman known as the Red Prince.

Decades ago, Drosselmeyer trapped the Red Prince in the form of a doll to save her from the Rats. When the magic of Clara’s selfless admiration restores her to human form, she and Clara must find a way to stand against the Rats once and for all if they hope to enjoy the life they’ve always longed for…

Kayla Bashe and I are mutuals on twitter.

When I heard that they were publishing an autistic f/f nutcracker retelling, I knew I had to preorder a copy. The Prince and Her Dreamer did not disappoint me in the least.

You may not realize that you need a Nutcracker retelling in your life, but you do. The Prince and Her Dreamer has the beautiful aesthetic of the ballet that we all know and love.

It explains a little bit of what we see in the ballet without overwhelming
you with information about a world that we’ve never visited. I really liked the expansion of Drosselmeyer as a character.

Clara’s autism felt incredibly realistic to me, and I loved seeing the battle and story through her eyes.

I loved what we got to see of the Red Prince’s world, though I would have enjoyed a little bit more information about what had happened while Mathilde was in doll form. It would be wonderful to read a sequel showing Clara and Mathilde getting used to their new worlds.

If you are looking for something Christmasy to warm your heart, The Prince and the Dreamer is perfect for you. You can pick up a copy for yourself on Amazon.

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