Fie, first princess of Deeman, finds herself isolated and stranded in the foreign Kingdom of Orstoll all by her lonesome—effectively having been wed off as a dowry gift in accessory to her sister, Princess Fielle's marriage.
Trapped and isolated in a small back garden that once used to be a storehouse, Fie lives her days without purpose, and eventually without food—after the only member of her entourage, the chef, resigns.
Just as Fie was about to give in to despair, she finds a pamphlet advertising a Squire's test for the Royal Knights of Orstoll—beginning her journey of friendship, hard work, and guts, along with masquerading as a boy to walk her second path in life.
Not an Isekai story, surprising after reading that title. (I need to mention that there's been no new for a long time now)
Story: Okay so this King and Princess falls deeply in love and want to get married. Thing is, the unpopular sister of the Princess, is given to the king as well, as part of the deal. Her name was Fie. Due to misunderstandings, everyone hates Fie and she's locked away. So would anyone miss Fie if she ran away? Thus the second path of her life begins, as a knight-in-training. While pretending to be a boy!
It all sounds really good. And it
was, at first. A girl training as a knight, she's weaker than others, but agile. Not a fitting style for medieval fighting, but it works for her. Then the typical "shoujo" story turn came and made it obvious it will be much drama later on. The identity of her boss is non other than... The King, the man who married her sister, and locked Fie away without ever meeting her. (revealed to readers early on)
Art: It's pretty good. But it's a light novel, so art is a tiny part of the book.
Characters: The Main Character is an interesting girl. She's not gonna let herself get beaten by others, and will fight for her freedom. Along with her work friends, it's nice mix of characters that makes this story easy to follow. Though it has the typical jerk characters that you see in shoujo stories.
Enjoyment: So, why didn't I enjoy it? I don't like the dramatic "twists" in how it reminds me of shoujo stories. Why do I keep mentioning shoujo? It's just how the story resembles shoujo manga with some story events and characters. Like how the King just happened to like Fie, when pretending to be a boy. But he hates the real Fie, why? Rumors. I liked the story as a whole. If they only toned down the drama and focused on Fie being a knight-in-training it would be a lot better.
+ Interesting story about a girl trying to be a knight (while cross dressing)
+ Most characters are well written, both adults and kids
- Exaggerated drama.
In a time when most light novels are isekai/reincarnation/transmigration stories with OP protagonists, this is a breath of fresh air.
Story: It's a lighthearted comedy of a girl disguising herself as a boy and becoming a knight. While there is the typical schemes and plot events which can only happen in fiction, it is not weighed down by romantic drivel and cringy angst plots. There is lots of dramatic irony and funny hijinks.
Characters: The main character, Fie, has a refreshingly optimistic outlook. Actually, the characters in general are extremely likable. There is no specific ML at the moment; though if I had to guess,
it would be her fellow knight (rather than the King). The King, who one would think they would hate, isn't too bad. He hasn't really done anything to the MC, rather, he is apathetic toward her. Fie's sister, Fielle, is a genuinely great person.
Art: There's not much, but it's great. You can see a few previews on the Amazon page for the book.