Since Royal Magic is on the horizon and we now have three weeks of the Summer Reading Event behind us, I thought it was about time I wrap up the Princess and the Pea with a post that examines where in history it falls.
The cues in the story unfortunately had to be a bit limited–I needed to keep it at a novella length or I wasn’t going to make the deadline for the Summer Reading Event–but it still gives you some information to work off.
There are two big clues, however, that help you settle it in the time line. The first being that at start of the story Torrens isn’t known for its music and instruments–something that was established in the first book of the series with Beauty and the Beast. And the second is the epilogue scene in which you meet Evariste and Angelique, and Evariste brags that Angelique has recently saved Princess Rosalinda of Sole (Aka Briar Rose of Sleeping Beauty.)
So this story is a true prequel in that it happens before any of the events of the Timeless Fairy Tale series. (That’s if we’re counting the Snow Queen books separately, which I do.) It’s known that Princess Rosalinda was cursed approximately fourteen years before Severin was cursed and Evariste was captured, and Lis and Channing had already been married for a number of years before then, so you’re looking at approximately 19-24ish years before Book 1 in the series.
A final–less obvious–clue lay in the identity of the bushy-bearded King of Torrens who shows up in Frog Prince. That King is neither Albion, nor Channing (both of whom are still alive) but Channing and Lis’ adopted son. How is he king of Torrens if Channing and Albion are alive, and why does he have such a bushy beard? Those questions will be answered in his fairy tale book–which will take place after the events of Snow White and Angelique’s story. (Some of you have already successfully guessed what his story will be, but for those of you who haven’t the biggest hint to his fairy tale lies in his beard.)
If you want to see an exact timeline that shows you everything that has happened in the Timeless Fairy Tale series–including the events of Princess and the Pea–check out this timeline! (Or you can go to the Timeless Fairy Tale page under the books tab, and view a world map in addition to the timeline.)
That’s all for today, Champions! I’ll see you tomorrow with this week’s event post because on Friday the celebration of Royal Magic begins!