I love fairy tales - Grimm, Disney and everything in between. So when I read the synopsis for Crisanta Knight I knew I needed to read it - and thanks to netgalley, I got to read it sooner rather than later.
I went into the book with expectations of an easy-going read full of fantasy and adventure. While I wasn't let down on the latter, I did find the book to be a little wordy. It's told in first person POV, and there's a lot of emotional processing which tended to get repeated and made it more thought less action.
In regards to the story itself, I found it to be an intriguing and entertaining take on the world of fairy tales. The characters were strong in their roles, and developed well - if not a great deal. The plot was rather slow to begin with due to the amount of world building that needed to take place, but it picked up towards the end which is something I expect will continue in the following books.
Unfortunately, the very end dragged on a bit like at the start - there was a line that seemed to me like it would be the perfect way to end the book, but Culbertson added (unnecessary, imo) bloat to it.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that loves a good fairy tale retelling. I'll only be rating Cristanta Knight: Protagonist Bound as 31/2 stars for the moment but I expect I'll be rating the following books high based on the first books development.