Sophia, Princess Among Beasts

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts

A princess who has lost her mother and father finds herself in a terrifying world that urgently needs a queen.Sophia is smart, beautiful, accomplished, a beloved princess devoted to the people and to reading books. The kingdom is hers, until a series of tragedies ends with her imprisonment in a nightmarish realm populated by the awful beasts she read about as a child.The...

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Title:Sophia, Princess Among Beasts
Author:James Patterson
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  • Ariel Andrews

    I am very pleasantly surprised with this book! I have never read any of Pattersons books, but my grandma has read them all. She is a true fan and read this book in two days. She had the library book for another week so she lent it to me. I am really glad I picked it up! It was a super easy read and drew me in from the beginning. It's only 300 pages so it's pretty short but it full of suspense the entire time. I fell in love with sophia and she really progresses through the book. The magic and

    I am very pleasantly surprised with this book! I have never read any of Pattersons books, but my grandma has read them all. She is a true fan and read this book in two days. She had the library book for another week so she lent it to me. I am really glad I picked it up! It was a super easy read and drew me in from the beginning. It's only 300 pages so it's pretty short but it full of suspense the entire time. I fell in love with sophia and she really progresses through the book. The magic and fantasy of this book was really great and surprised me that my grandma read and loved it! If you love drama, romance, suspense, and some scary this book is definitely worth the read.

  • Amber

    When Sophia's father is murdered and she is captured by their enemies, she is determined to escape and fight her captor Area who forces her to wed one of his monstrous knights. Will Sophia survive? Read on and find out for yourself.

    This was an awesome Fantasy adventure. If you enjoy fantasy novels , be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  • Sophia

    I loved this book, the fictional monsters were well crafted and Sophia was such an amazing character. I'm also a huge sucker for a earned happy ending. I would recommend this to anyone even slightly curious.

  • Laura Rash

    If you go into this expecting a normal JP book then you’ll be disappointed. Almost as if you crossed Outlander and Grimms fairy tales. Reads a bit as a YA but not eye roll YA. A quick read that is unique.

  • Marzie

    2.5 Stars for me, bumped to 3 Stars for competent writing

    This is the first novel I've read that was co-authored by James Patterson (and Emily Raymond). Although not stated in the promotional material it appears to possibly be targeting the Young Adult market based on subject matter and writing style. Princess Sophia (So-fye-uh on the audio edition) is a headstrong, if goodhearted, young woman who seems to have cost her father his life and kingdom. In a story that seems part cautionary fairy

    2.5 Stars for me, bumped to 3 Stars for competent writing

    This is the first novel I've read that was co-authored by James Patterson (and Emily Raymond). Although not stated in the promotional material it appears to possibly be targeting the Young Adult market based on subject matter and writing style. Princess Sophia (So-fye-uh on the audio edition) is a headstrong, if goodhearted, young woman who seems to have cost her father his life and kingdom. In a story that seems part cautionary fairy tale, part Goblin Market, Sophia appears to move through separate realms of life and death, trying to work her way back to a kingdom of which she should be Queen. She learns lessons of love and bravery during her travails.

    This novel has some interesting elements but the plot just lacked clarity for me. The explanations, such as there are, for Sophia's ability to penetrate the world of the dead, and for the fact that some of the denizens who follow her are beasts or more monster or goblin-like in their appearance are largely lacking. Sophia and her dearest servants are startled about revelations about her long-dead mother, but again, no real explanation. I felt some aspects of the book displayed stunning levels of cruelty, especially to animals but also to people, with the real monsters of the story reveling in their own cruelty. It was not an engaging read for me, as a result. As a result of some of the content, I can't really recommend it as a YA novel unless it's for a reader who likes horror/dark fantasy. Though the ending is positive, there's a lot of darkness in the book to wade through.

    CW: animal cruelty, attempted rape, murder, threatened and real eviscerations etc.

  • Corin

    It's a cute story. If you're in the mood for a little light fluff, this is a fun read.

  • Jen

    This book was a pretty quick read, and the premise was promising. I am always on the lookout for a stand-alone fantasy read. But the book as a whole fell flat for me. And for what it is, it reads definitely as a YA fantasy.

    There are some interesting ideas in here, like an alternate view of what happens after death. And some interesting magic/spiritual world stuff happening. But overall, this book is not unique. Sheltered princess finds herself in a bad situation, grows up a little, comes back,

    This book was a pretty quick read, and the premise was promising. I am always on the lookout for a stand-alone fantasy read. But the book as a whole fell flat for me. And for what it is, it reads definitely as a YA fantasy.

    There are some interesting ideas in here, like an alternate view of what happens after death. And some interesting magic/spiritual world stuff happening. But overall, this book is not unique. Sheltered princess finds herself in a bad situation, grows up a little, comes back, saves the day. Even then I did not see much character growth in the 300 pages until maybe the very end. She reads like she doesn't know why anyone doesn't like her, or why they won't help her - she reads spoiled through about 90% of the book. The "beasts" idea tried, with the whole "peasants are beasts" idea to the spiritual world beasts, but it was weak. The beasts Sophia encounters on her journey are not even close to unique - they are all taken from real-world mythologies. And the part of the book description that says she loves books and that's where she knows these monsters - well, she is shown reading a book once, briefly, to explain how she knows all these monsters by sight. Yeah, that could have been introduced much better.

    The only unique part I thought was the magic/spiritual world idea, and even that is confusing even up until the end - there were a lot of questions asked but the only answer we get at the end is "the boundaries of the material world and the spiritual world are a mystery." Felt like a cop-out.

    The writing is OK, usually pretty descriptive but the action is confusing at times. Almost like it needed another editing pass. I would even have been ok if it was lengthened to make the pictures really solid.

    Overall, a quick stand alone YA fantasy read. But be warned you've read this story before, and the others probably did it much better.

  • Pamela

    I like a good Patterson book. This was not one. It felt like YA, but it wasn’t and I’ve read much better YA, than this mess. It was insulting to his followers. Man he adds his name to anything it seems. This plot , if you can call it that, was all over the place. I struggled to finish, but what was the point. I didn’t care how it ended, and I would never buy book two. Two stars for the writer he once was.

  • John

    This is one of those books that seemed like it might be a good idea… until the author started writing it.

    The title derives from the way the king, his knights and even the mythical figures Sophia interacts with views the lower classes of the world- as beasts. If you thought that was too subtle, don’t worry- you’ll be hit over the head with it enough times for it to sink in.

    Princess Sophia is the MarySue- the kind, gentle, entitled, clueless waif who eschews needlepoint and harp lessons for

    This is one of those books that seemed like it might be a good idea… until the author started writing it.

    The title derives from the way the king, his knights and even the mythical figures Sophia interacts with views the lower classes of the world- as beasts. If you thought that was too subtle, don’t worry- you’ll be hit over the head with it enough times for it to sink in.

    Princess Sophia is the MarySue- the kind, gentle, entitled, clueless waif who eschews needlepoint and harp lessons for swordplay and strategy (how else can she be the heroine if she can’t kill the bad guys?) Yet she wrangles a promise on her birthday from her warrior king father to stop expanding the realm, which makes everyone else see him as weak and losing his edge. Even a mythical figure named Ares now thinks the king’s a punk and it’s time to march on his lands. On her weekly errand of mercy to the local village, Sophia’s confronted by a tall, handsome, dark haired youth named Raphael. She also learns there’s an outbreak of plague (which in all her other trips she’d somehow never heard of it)- and the scene where she contracts it is both unintentionally funny and sets up the ridiculousness of the rest of the story. I don’t want to ruin it; you really gotta read this for yourselves.

    Just before the disease sets in, an assassin magically (literally) infiltrates the castle and eviscerates the king, who manages to hold on just long enough for a tearful goodbye. On her first day as Queen, Sophia sickens and dies as Ares’ army marches closer.

    Suddenly she’s being transported via an ogre-driven coach across the netherrealm to… wherever spirits go, I guess. But first, there’s a tender reunion with her long dead mother who makes the coach stop by… ordering them to… yet can’t stop the ogres ten minutes later from snatching her back. How’s this even possible you ask? Why’s it even happening in the first place? What the heck’s wrong with you people?

    Their destination turns out to be none other than Ares’ stronghold, populated by mythical creatures Sophia’s read about all her life (loves books, remember?) and several former residents of the village, including one particular tall, handsome, dark haired youth.

    For some contrived reason Ares brought Sophia here to be a bride for one of his mythical buddies. Naturally, any plucky princess would refuse and a few of these entities manage to get themselves killed (!) in the wooing process by one of the competition named Reiper. Sophia slides down to the village to seek out Raphael and learns that the residents have been conscripted to fight for Ares in his next battle (take one guess). So like any plucky princess, Sophia starts teaching the locals how to fight while whispering to them about REBELLION. Ares starts losing his patience and tells her to choose someone- or else! Reiper, as it turns out, is the magical assassin who killed the king, and has determined Sophia should be his, but Sophia thinks she should be Raphael’s.

    While Sophia gets chased through the castle by another of the would-be suitors, the castle gets attacked by the locals, who’ve decided REBELLION is a good idea. Two more suitors get killed, Ares retreats and Reiper seemingly kills Raphael. You read that right: a peasant mob storms the stronghold of a god and his retinue and runs them all off. You also read right the part about Raphael appearing to get whacked…

    Oddly enough, the ogre-driven coach shows up again, and Sophia demands they take her to see her mom. After some mystical mumbo-jumbo Sophia returns to the land of the living, none the worse for wear and just in time for the arrival of Ares’ army. You know the rest.

    This book is completely all over the place. It’s a bunch of barely strung together set pieces that the Main Character wanders through until they reach the signpost at the end. It’s a complete insult to your intelligence and an utter waste of time. James Patterson oughta be ashamed to lend his name to something like this.

  • Laura Henry

    Wow this book was bad. I’m a fan of some of James Patterson’s writing especially the Women’s Murder Club series. However he needs to stay in his lane and get out of the fantasy genre. This story makes no sense, nothing is explained, the ending is too cookie cutter, and the main character is the most annoying person. I can’t even say that I liked one character, although by far the most interesting ones were the villains. The writing did not fit well with the story, nor did it even seem coherent.

    Wow this book was bad. I’m a fan of some of James Patterson’s writing especially the Women’s Murder Club series. However he needs to stay in his lane and get out of the fantasy genre. This story makes no sense, nothing is explained, the ending is too cookie cutter, and the main character is the most annoying person. I can’t even say that I liked one character, although by far the most interesting ones were the villains. The writing did not fit well with the story, nor did it even seem coherent. Don’t waste your time, this belongs in the trash not on your shelf.

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