This is the first in jimhines new series. His first series, featuring Jig the Dragonslayer and his trusty spider, had a decidedly comedic bent, although it did have some serious layers.
This book still has a light tone, but deals with the grittier side of "And they lived happily ever after..." The three leads, Danielle [CInderella], Talia [Sleeping Beauty], and Snow [Snow White] get involved when Danielle's husband Armand [Prince Charming] is kidnapped by Danielle's evil stepsisters.
The story involves their trip to Fairytown to rescue Armand. As always, Hines keeps the story moving along. In addition, you learn a good deal about the background and motivations of many characters, not only the princesses. I felt especially said for Stacia, Danielle's ugly stepsister. This is one of my favorite things about Jim Hines; he writes a relatively easy read, with humor, and yet really manages to give his protagonists a lot of depth.
I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next installment, The Mermaid's Madness, coming in October.