Goodreads: Useless Warrior Princess (Illustrated fantasy children’s book)
Author: Segilola Salami
Published: 16th October 2017 (Self-Published)
Source: Copy from Author
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “This book is a cute fully illustrated fantasy children’s book teaching children about courage and sacrifice.
It follows Princess Jade who joined the warrior training academy in the land of dreams, to train to be a warrior to protect the realm of dreamland. However, she couldn’t cast any spells and everyone called her a ‘Useless Warrior Princess’.” – Amazon
(Disclaimer: I requested a copy of the book from the Author. This does not affect my review in anyway.)
Review: Popped a cherry with this one. First illustrated book I’ve ever read. It wasn’t half bad. It meant for children so I have to take some of it with a pinch of salt. I like what the author was trying to get across, the points she were trying to make. Plus she made this for her daughter. How cool is that. Read the title and immediately thought Xena.
“how to fight using the knowledge of all the souls it had eaten over the centuries.'” – Page 61. I laughed at that, I shouldn’t really it is a bit dark. It like it in Tangled where the ‘Mother’ goes splat? You know the scene. I like it. You have to have some kind of darkness in children’s book, just to show that it not all sunshine. Makes the book more human.
“The Trainers did not work with Princess Jade’s strengths and taught her exactly how they taught every other boy.” – Same page as above. This is so true, which makes it so wrong and sad. Hit a cord with me, with how I was at school with my dyslexia and my IBS. Schools are very slow to adept to someone who not the ‘norm’.
One thing I wasn’t too keen on were the images used for the kingdom’s creatures. Just seemed a bit all over the place and random. You can tell the author was on a tight budget. I have taken this into account with my review. She did well with what she had to work with.
I am not 100% sure how I should rate a illustrated children’s book, so I just treated it the same as any other book I have reviewed.
Would I recommend it? Yes/No. Yes if it’s for your child. No, not really for adults, you can still enjoy it but it not the targeted audience.