In Tory Alexander, Harding has created a character so beautiful, so perfect, so fabulous in every single way that one finds it exeptionally ..Show More »hard to empathise with her. Not only is she beautiful, she is a black belt in Karate, well read in historical Britain, the daughter of a world famous musician and university lecturer and she happens (conveniently) to speak the exact dialect of the people who find her (which pretty much seems to be modern and colloquial English with a thee, thine and thou thrown in for good measure)!
Within days of arriving in medieval Wales, Tory has entranced everyone in the castle. The King (and most of his men - obviously) are so enamoured with this perfect being they hang on her every word and urge her to teach them the amazing fighting style she posesses.
Within weeks Tory has bagged the King, become Queen, suddenly gains magical powers, succeeds in changing centuries old attitudes to women so that they are equal to the men, helps her 'people' deal with childhood demons by hugging, sets up her own dojo and continues to prove that she is a strong, independent woman with no time for that silly feminine stuff, despite getting fluffy over pretty dresses and 'boys'!
Two thirds of the way through and I can't handle any more of this pithy, preachy Mary-Sue fiction. If you are a fan of juvenile romance stories (or a teenage girl) then this book is probably a perfect fantasy adventure for you. If you are not, move on to the next book!