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Frank Blackthorne's most recent heist did not end optimally. The sacrificial virgin survived, but the whole incident left Frank, a respectable career thief, on the run from a kingdom full of evil cultists eager to replace their sacrifice.So, when the Court Wizard of Lendowyn, Elhared the Unwise, comes to him intending to hire someone to save Lendowyn’s princess from an eviFrank Blackthorne's most recent heist did not end optimally. The sacrificial virgin survived, but the whole incident left Frank, a respectable career thief, on the run from a kingdom full of evil cultists eager to replace their sacrifice.So, when the Court Wizard of Lendowyn, Elhared the Unwise, comes to him intending to hire someone to save Lendowyn’s princess from an evil dragon in return for riches, glory, and help with the bloodthirsty cultists problem, Frank is rightfully suspicious. Frank is also not in a position to refuse.Perhaps unsurprisingly, Frank’s rescue fails—in an explosion of spectacularly misapplied magic. When the dust settles, all parties involved find themselves body-swapped. Frank is left stranded in the Princess Lucille’s body, halfway across the kingdom. The understandably angry Princess Lucille finds herself inhabiting the body of the dragon. In order to set things right, they will have to team up and face down thugs, slavers, elvish bookies, knights in shining armor, an evil Queen, and the hordes of the Dark Lord Nâtalc....

Title : Dragon Princess
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ISBN : 9780756409579
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Dragon Princess Reviews

  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    2018-12-21 16:29

    3.5 StarsA pretty solid fantasy for an author I have never heard of with lots of fun humour. Pick it up if you need a fun & light fantasy read.

  • Kristin Taggart
    2018-12-22 10:34

    I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!(Description nicked from B&N.com.)“Frank Blackthorne's most recent heist did not end optimally. The sacrificial virgin survived, but the whole incident left Frank, a respectable career thief, on the run from a kingdom full of evil cultists eager to replace their sacrifice.So, when the Court Wizard of Lendowyn, Elhared the Unwise, comes to him intending to hire someone to save Lendowyn’s princess from an evil dragon in return for riches, glory, and help with the bloodthirsty cultists problem, Frank is rightfully suspicious. Frank is also not in a position to refuse.Perhaps unsurprisingly, Frank’s rescue fails—in an explosion of spectacularly misapplied magic. When the dust settles, all parties involved find themselves body-swapped. Frank is left stranded in the Princess Lucille’s body, halfway across the kingdom. The understandably angry Princess Lucille finds herself inhabiting the body of the dragon. In order to set things right, they will have to team up and face down thugs, slavers, elvish bookies, knights in shining armor, an evil Queen, and the hordes of the Dark Lord Nâtalc.”I was a bit skeptical of this book when I first started reading it, because the humor is so prevalent and so in-your-face that it almost felt forced. After a few chapters, though, the story found its rhythm and I began to really enjoy it. I think it’s mostly that the type of humor that the author is utilizing is better suited to the madcap hijinks post-body-swap than to the plot set-up of the earlier chapters.Once the novel found its footing, I really enjoyed it. It’s hilarious to watch Frank try to navigate the logistics of a woman’s body, clothing, and social mores without betraying that he has no clue what he’s doing. This leads to the realization that you can’t run well in heels, the acquisition of sexy leather clothing, and the problem of how to use your cleavage to best advantage. There are also some sobering moments when Frank really comprehends how much danger he might be in simply because he’s female.As mentioned in the synopsis, Lucille ends up in the dragon’s body, which neatly sidesteps the trite “let’s swap genders and see what happens!” trope. She’s dealing with something that disadvantages her just as much as Frank is disadvantaged by being a woman—namely, Lucille is no longer human. The question for both of these characters then becomes whether or not they can turn those disadvantages around and learn to capitalize on what they’ve got.While the plot is definitely not as light as the humor, it does give Frank and Lucille the excuse for a pretty varied roster of adventures. They come into contact with different races and different social classes, as well as many ways of making a living and surviving in harsh circumstances. The story isn’t repetitive, that’s for sure! It’s fun without being fluffy, and entertaining without being inane. It straddles the line between humorous fantasy and some of the darker stuff and does so with style.Dragon Princess has wit, action and hilarity in equal measures and should prove an enjoyable read for those looking for something fast-paced and fun. I hope the author does more in this vein, because I enjoyed the writing style and would love to see Frank and Lucille’s further adventures.This review originally appeared on Owlcat Mountain on April 23, 2014.

  • Sally
    2019-01-19 16:28

    While I never leave the house without my Kobo in my purse, I do still love the feel and smell of a real book. Dragon Princess was a paperback that caught my eye for two reasons (the title and the gloriously cheesy cover) but which won me over with is promise of gender-swapping mayhem.Now, S. Andrew Swann is not quite up there with the likes of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, but his writing strikes a nice balance between humor and storytelling that managed to sustain my enjoyment far beyond the initial gender-swapped glee. In fact, I found this to be a rather clever little book that takes great pleasure in twisting and toppling gender tropes as it goes.With Dragon Princess we have a thief pretending to be a knight, a wizard with ulterior motives, a dragon with a gambling problem, a princess who would rather be a dragon, an stuffy old knight who actually serves the Dark Lord, an awkward barbarian who is the smartest of the bunch, and some of the greediest elves you are likely to ever set eyes on.Much of the humor here is in the storytelling, with Frank Blackthorne a self-depreciating narrator with a sarcastic sense of pessimism. It is his narration that keeps the story from exhausting the novelty factor, while the personalities of Frank (in the Princess' body) and Lucille (in the dragon's body) serve to draw the reader in and elevate the story above its bodyswap/genderswap roots. Sadly, there is nary a moment of self-appreciation, much less sexual exploration, but that is hardly surprising for a mainstream paperback.Swann weaves a surprisingly complex story here, with multiple plots and schemes all coming together in the end, and a wide cast of characters who keep the story moving along. Quirky and fun, Dragon Princess is that rare breed of novel that succeeds as both a work of fantasy and humor. It had me smiling throughout, and even giggling aloud at times.As reviewed by Sally at Bending the Bookshelf

  • Devyn
    2019-01-17 14:50

    I received this book from Goodreads. I absolutely loved Dragon Princess!Dragon Princess is one of those books that when I flipped to the first page and read the first sentence- no, the first words I knew I'd love this book. I'm sure every book nerd in the world knows the feeling when your eyes lock onto a book and you just know its going to be goooood. I mean, just look at that cover! The grinning dragon and stubborn pouty princess reeled me in before I even cracked open the cover.Of course its not the outside that counts, its what's on the inside, and the inside of Dragon Princess is full of personality, humor, mystery, sacrifice, twists and turns, and heart.I'd recommend it to anyone.Some of you might be thinking this is a book for children ( middle grade and younger) but I'd categorize it as YA. There is enough fantasy to appeal to children but the humor,writing, and also the fact that it's in a male POV definitely puts it in YA.

  • Joshua Palmatier
    2019-01-05 16:34

    This is the first book by S. Andrew Swann that I've read, continuing my attempt to read new-to-me authors this year. And it was a blast! Definitely a fun romp through fantasy tropes with a twist.Premise: Frank Blackthorne is a not-so-great thief on the run after accidentally disrupting a virgin sacrifice to a Dark Lord. After rescuing the virgin, he finds himself in need of an escape from an entire kingdom. When a wizard approaches him with an offer to help save a princess from a dragon in exchange for the princess' hand in marriage, he's rightfully suspicious, but also out of options. Of course, the rescue goes horribly wrong and suddenly he finds himself trapped in the princess' body and deposited in the middle of nowhere. Now he has to find his way back, find the wizard, and hopefully get his own body back!Again, this is intended to be a fun, glorious romp through all of the fantasy tropes you've grown to love and it's exactly that. The twist, of course, is the body swapping, which S. Andrew Swann handles wonderfully. The moment I started reading, I was caught up in the story and the adventure dragged me along and kept me interested, with likeable characters (a must for these types of books) and a plot that unravels and gets more complicated the more Frank finds out in his search for the wizard. The best part of the novel is that the plot hinges completely on the four major characters involved (princess, dragon, wizard, thief) and that each of those characters has their own story, their own motivations, and all of them are completely believable.If you like fun, humorous fantasy, I'd definitely recommend this book (and its sequel, which I've already read). I'm now waiting impatiently for the third book in the series.

  • Sandy
    2019-01-05 11:47

    Frank Blackthorne is a thief, except his most recent heist goes somewhat awry when the Temple of Natlac is not as empty as he was told... After rescuing the then-virgin, Frank takes a job to rescue a Princess from a dragon so that perhaps he can turn his luck around. But that doesn't go so well either after a spell has some unintended consequences of putting Frank's soul into the princess' body. Hijinks ensue as the thief-turned-princess and princess-turned-dragon search for the Evil Wizard so their souls can be returned to the correct bodies.The book was as humorous as the cover said it was going to be. I loved the interactions between Frank and Lucille as well as Frank's problems finding himself in the body of a nubile princess. The "bad guys" were delightfully twisted and caused no end of issues for poor Frank. I look forward to a second book.

  • Nighteye
    2019-01-14 12:55

    Really funny, better then PRatchett, but with a serious underthone about being trapped inside someone else body. Great book!!

  • Hali
    2019-01-18 14:36

    I started thumbing through this book simply to decide if I even wanted to read it, because I was a bit uncertain at first. I finished this book in two sittings.I read so attentively, and for so long that I got a headache both times, but I couldn't put Dragon Princess down. This book is narrated with a sense of humor that doesn't cripple the serious moments, and absolutely works for me. I laughed out loud a few times.The story is original and it completely captivated me from the first few chapters. It picks up quickly and keeps a steady pace, tumbling from one adventure to the next, still maintaining structure and plot, and somehow it did not feel rushed as it pulled me along.Despite the off-the-wall nature of the subject material, I thought I knew how this book was going to end. It completely surprised me.It's been a while since a book managed to pull the carpet out from under me like that, and it felt amazing. I'm very, very interested to discover what happens to Frank Blackthorne next,(view spoiler)[as he's trapped rather unhappily in a woman's body and getting married to a dragon as the book comes to a close, (hide spoiler)]and I guess being interested in what happens to the characters is typically what makes a series worthwhile to me. I am entirely invested in this fun, surprising, twisted fantasy romp and will be reading the second installment as soon as I can get my hands on it.

  • Demetria
    2018-12-31 15:49

    A fun romp through a fantasy body-swap episode. Good characters and a well paced plot.

  • Caanan Grall
    2018-12-28 16:48

    This was a lot of fun. Now to track down the other two.

  • Creao
    2019-01-05 09:40

    sooo funny

  • Julie Akeman
    2018-12-30 11:39

    OMG this book is so funny, kinda like Piers Anthony's Xanth novels and Pratchet's Discworld, it is a rousing adventure but pokes fun at the fantasy story. At first I thought the thief in this story was a bit like Ash from the Evil Dead series, but he ends up having a bit more heart and sincerity in this one, or maybe it's because he gets sent into living in a princess body and kinda has to deal with that, and the princess was sent into the Dragon's body and well....it gets complicated but its so fun to read I was laughing out loud so I am keeping this trilogy when I am done. I don't reread stuff that often cause the story stays with me but maybe a few years from now I'd read it again.

  • Laurie Sand
    2019-01-08 10:54

    I love body-switch stories, so I give two stars based primarily on that. The narrative voice was fun, but that was not enough to lift this fairly predictable book above the level of mediocre for me.

  • Sarai Lillie
    2019-01-03 13:58

    Are you a person who enjoys reading?Do you enjoy fantasy stories?Do you like unconventional fantasy?Do you like unconventional plot twists/endings?I have the book for YOU!Seriously though, I read this entire book in one sitting because it was too awesome to put down and I'm going to share with you WHY you WANT to read it! :D"Dragon Princess" by S. Andrew Swann.(My peeps that live in Bloomington can totally borrow this book from the library because that's where I got it!)Dragon Princess is 330 pages long, paperback.It features a hilarious cast of characters!* Frank the Thief (turned Knight, turned Princess)* Lucille the Princess (turned Dragon)* Elhared the Wizard (turned Frank)* Dragon (turned Elhared)Confused yet? So are the characters!Frank is the narrator (and who doesn't love a fantasy story character named Frank?) and he is having a rough bout of luck. He gets conned into helping out Elhared the Unwise rescue the Princess Lucille from the Dragon. No big deal right? Defeat the Dragon, get the girl, get the dragon horde, piece of cake!Only, not so piece of Cake. Elhared is the bad guy (don't tell me you didn't see that coming, because its pretty obvious right from the get go) who has decided he's just going to switch bodies with Frank and get the princess for himself. And then the spell goes horribly, horribly awry.Next thing you know Frank is in Lucille's body, Elhared is in Frank's, Lucille is in the Dragon's and the Dragon (who has a major gambling problem btw) is in Elhared's.After that it's quirky wackyness, "thugs, slavers, elvish bookies, knights in shining armour, erudite barbarians, an evil queen and the Hordes of the Dark Lord Natlac." Who is Natlac, you have to read to find out!To quote the book cover "When magic goes awry everyone will face an identity crisis."I would highly recommend it :)

  • Tony
    2018-12-21 09:53

    Now this was a pleasant surprise! I had, like other reviewers, gotten hold of this on a whim and looking for something a little lighter than usual to read. And it didn't disappoint. It is arguably not as funny as it could be and not yet in the league of other novels of the same genre but a good yarn nevertheless. I'm looking forward to subsequent volumes. The main character is truly a likeable rogue and manages to scrape through his encounters with just enough luck and wit to make them enjoyable to read. There's a knowing wink to genre fantasy and a dry phrase or two to let the reader know the author is aware of what he's doing.The antagonists are drawn well enough, as are the supporting cast. There are endearing barbarians, despicable and conniving fae, ridiculous Knights, and much more. The plot is well handled and by the final chapters the various threads are nicely drawn together. The complications that spring from the main plot are on the whole well handled although these sorts of devices are usually absent of the sheer psychological and physiological trauma that should be present (I'm trying not to give any clues away here. 'Spoliers, you know!')On the whole this was an easy read that didn't quite have me laughing but smiling all the same.

  • Andi
    2018-12-31 08:57

    This was one of those quick reads. By the end, I enjoyed it. I'd probably be up to reading the sequel.The story focuses on a thief who is cornered by a wizard. The wizard has him rescuing a princess from a dragon... only to figure out the dragon and wizard are part of a con that allows the wizard to switch bodies with the thief and the dragon to switch bodies with the princess. However, the thief discovers what is going to happen and interrupts the spell, causing the princess to end up in the body of the dragon, the thief to end up in the body of the princess, the wizard to end up in the body of the thief and the dragon to end up in the body of the wizard.While I enjoyed the plot... I had problems with two things: - Why is it that the woman (er, the thief in the body of the woman) of this story gets threatened by rape every. single. time she encounters someone (a male) on the road. It was nauseating. - There is also a lack of character development or background development. Then again, it's a quick read. Honestly, if those things could be fixed then I'd rate it higher. However, it just really brought the story down for me.

  • SFReader
    2019-01-21 10:38

    This is the first book by S. Andrew Swann that I've read, continuing my attempt to read new-to-me authors this year. And it was a blast! Definitely a fun romp through fantasy tropes with a twist.Premise: Frank Blackthorne is a not-so-great thief on the run after accidentally disrupting a virgin sacrifice to a Dark Lord. After rescuing the virgin, he finds himself in need of an escape from an entire kingdom. When a wizard approaches him with an offer to help save a princess from a dragon in exchange for the princess' hand in marriage, he's rightfully suspicious, but also out of options.Of course, the rescue goes horribly wrong and suddenly he finds himself trapped in the princess' body and deposited in the middle of nowhere. Now he has to find his way back, find the wizard, and hopefully get his own body back!Read more at SFReader: Dragon Princess, by S. Andrew Swann

  • Debbie
    2018-12-21 09:47

    A very entertaining read, it was very funny and definitely different than anything I've read in the past. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I picked in up at the library only that the cover looked interesting and fun and that the opening paragraph captured my attention. What is there not to love in a book with wizards, dragons, thieves, elves, magic, trickery, twists and turns, and so much more. Frank was a very entertaining character and loved how he was developed and how funny he was. Also Lucille was equally as entertaining and her character development was ever better than Franks. The ending was definitely a surprise and totally unexpected but sometimes that all a good book needs. I don't know if this book will have a sequel but by the way it was ended there is a possibility, although you don't really need a sequel. Will be reading more books by S. Andrew Swann.

  • Charlotte
    2018-12-23 15:43

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.This book was a pretty quick read. It definitely kept my attention. Frank Blackthorne is a likeable enough character, and Princess Lucille kept me entertained as well. I enjoyed the trials and tribulations they deal with.I definitely would have liked to see a little more description about the lay of the land. I understand that was the intent of the author, but with the addition of the Elf realm, I was a little lost.The way the book ended kind of hinted at a sequel, so if there is I would be inclined to pick it up. I would read more books from this author, and would recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy with a bit of slapstick humor.

  • miketheboy89
    2019-01-06 16:43

    From the first page, Dragon Princess regales readers with hilarious commentary from the anti-hero of Frank Blackthorne, and contrary to many other dragon-related books, confrontation with the dragon in question is not merely limited to the climax. In fact, it makes up most of the novel. An interesting, albeit not an entirely original, concept forces many humorous moments throughout, however subtle moments of darker humor is also evident. One con of this novel is the fact that there are not many moments in between action, and with every victory, there is another obstacle to take its place. So much does this happen that it almost seems like a collection of short stories. However, with an excellent supporting cast, Dragon Princess is a book that I would read again.

  • Andrew Alderman
    2018-12-26 15:35

    Highly entertaining from cover to cover. The book has a lot to offer - an engaging first-person narrator who is complex in all the right ways, hilarious jokes and situations, great supporting characters, a twisting plot that never twists in cheap ways, and a surprising amount of heart. I loved this book, and I'm off to read the sequel, Dragon Thief. I hope that Frank Blackthorne has many more adventures to come.

  • Michael
    2018-12-26 11:53

    A fun read by S. Andrew Swann. This is definitely a "Fractured Fairy Tale". It is full of fun and adventure from beginning to end. I just ordered the next book in this series, "Dragon Thief". This book is very different from anything I have read by S. Andrew Swann before but it is very entertaining. I recommend this book to all Fantasy fans and fans of S. Andrew Swann.

  • Rachel Lein
    2018-12-21 08:28

    I don't really have any critique for this. It was awesome!The shifting of comedy and seriousness within the story reminded me of The Slayers anime. It takes itself seriously, but then again, it doesn't. This book loves to stick its tongue out at fantasy cliches.If this book were a movie, the elf king would kind of NEED to be played by David Bowie, though. Just sayin'...

  • NotQuiteAllHere
    2018-12-29 13:51

    I saw this book at B&N and I fell in love with the art work. Now I am not usually one to read a book by its cover but this once I was like why not. I loved this book! It was interesting and funny and different. The ending was not what I wasn't really expecting and really good. The characters are funny and Frank's naritive was just fun. I highly recommend this book for just a fun medieval fantasy.

  • Evelyn
    2018-12-21 13:54

    Dragon Princess by S. Andrew Swann. Very interesting story with a crazy ending. Makes you think what it would be like to be in a different body other then your own and see their world from you eyes.

  • Echo
    2019-01-21 10:28

    Well, not what I expected. A man was our main character. But, the hijinks were hilarious and the plot line was complicated but easy to follow. A curious mix of making suggestive comments but nothing really lewd so I'd be hard pressed to put an age recommendation on it.

  • Michele Keller
    2018-12-23 13:52

    Exactly what I wanted. Refreshing change of pace from the usually fantasy novel. Loved that it called out all the ridiculous tropes in fantasy: androgynous elves, plate metal bikinis, and the idea that a princess really wants to be rescued. Fun and funny.

  • Brian Palmer
    2019-01-19 10:43

    This is the literary equivalent to something like the _The Ladykillers_ or _Romancing the Stone_ ... every thing is aimed at humor but wrapped inside a traditional (if somewhat out of fashion) story about an adventurer trying to save a princess from a dragon.

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-04 15:51

    Very quick read, and entertaining. The ending is ambiguous enough that it certainly leaves room for a sequel, but I don't think one is necessary- sometimes everything doesn't need to be tied up in a neat bow, you know?

  • Angela
    2019-01-08 09:35

    What a Great book! Just loved it. If you think you know how it ends, your wrong. The main character is entertaining, witty, funny, to the very end. ❤️