Okay, getting the LOVE overwith, aside from the chance to revisit with Talia, Sleeping Beauty, Danielle, Cinderella, and Ermillina Curtana, Snow White, I had a great time reading it. Jim Hines knows how to move a plot along, and while the earlier books aren't slouches in the plotting department, this was was even more involving. Because, fellow readers, when one of the main characters is in true mortal danger, and you KNOW (unlike many other series) dead means dead in this Princessverse, it ups the ante.
The only regret I had while reading SQS's is how little I felt I knew Snow White before this book. Of all the characters in the earlier books, she was the most inscrutable with the least well-known background. And, while I learned a ton more about her in this book, it was through another agent. I'm not sure how Hines could have done it any other way, because by the end of the story, Talia had to have her happy ending, too (although in truth, there aren't endings at all, you know?), at least for this series of four books. I did feel a little emotionally removed from Snow during the reading. Which is disappointing for me. Of course, this was my first reading, and rushed so I could find out what happened.
A more extensive review soon on Hathor Legacy, as soon as I can finish it. Haven't been feeling well today, so it might be up for Monday.
In the meantime, don't take MY word that this book and it's three earlier books are worthwhile, fun, summer reading with fun and sobering twists on these well-known Disnified characters. Check them out yourself!