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[[caption-width-right:307: Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty TookALevelInBadass]]

A book series by Jim C Hines. In short, it's the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Series/CharliesAngels'' with Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty as the main characters.

It begins a few months after Literature/{{Cinderella}} (called Danielle in this version) has gotten married. She is adjusting to palace life when one of her stepsisters comes to see her. One magic-fueled assassination attempt later and Danielle has to deal not only with the fact that her stepsisters seem to know magic but that they have also kidnapped her husband Prince Armand. The only reason Danielle is still alive is because of the help of a fierce warrior woman called [[Literature/SunMoonAndTalia Talia]], better known as Literature/SleepingBeauty. She takes Danielle to see Queen Beatrice (Bea to her friends) who reveals that she runs the kingdom's spy service and introduces the princess to her other top agent, a master of mirror magic, Snow (as in [[Literature/SnowWhite White]]). Danielle must now team up with her fellow princesses to save the prince and stop her stepsisters.

Each book tells the further adventures of Danielle, Talia, and Snow. A major subversion of the classic princess tales since it’s the princesses who go out and save the day. The main characters' stories are well known in universe too. However, the versions circulated in rumor (the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] versions) leave out or ignore major, often dark details (the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm]] versions). The princesses meet other well known characters like Literature/TheLittleMermaid and Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.

!!Novels
* ''The Stepsister Scheme''
* ''The Mermaid's Madness''
* ''Red Hood's Revenge''
* ''The Snow Queen's Shadow''
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!!This series features the following tropes:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade - Danielle's glass sword.
* AccidentalMarriage - Actually accidental near-engagement. Varisto gave Talia a sword that Snow recognizes as a betrothal proposal in Hilad. Luckily for Talia, Varisto learns that she is pledged to Queen Beatrice and unable to take other obligations. Snow found it hilarious.
* ActionGirl - All three of the princesses, though in different ways. Talia is the fighter and Snow is the magic wielder. Danielle does not have much at the beginning except determination and control over animals. One magic sword and some lessons from Talia later and she is able to hold her own.
* AllMenArePerverts - Varisto almost fell off his kelpie when Danielle happened to mention that she and the girls were naked when they went prancing in his lands. He sounded rather miffed that his earth spirits had ommitted that detail from their report.
* AllWomenAreLustful - Snow certainly is. When Beatrice asks her to stop distracting the crew she quips at her to get an uglier crew.
* AmbiguouslyBrown - Unlike her [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Disney depiction]], Talia is dark, and has a vaguely middle eastern sounding name (Talia Malak-el-Dashat).
* AnthropomorphicPersonification - The [[spoiler: "Seven Dwarves"]] are this for the ElementalPowers of Light, Fire, Water, Darkness, Earth, Wind, and Magic.
* AnAxeToGrind - Varisto.
* BadDreams - Snow had a lot of these as a child caused by her proximity to her mother's evil magic. Prince Jacob has these whenever something is wrong.
* BadassPrincess - [[MathematiciansAnswer Yep]]
* BastardBoyfriend - Prince Gustan to poor Lirea.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn - Snow, Danielle and Talia.
* BondCreatures - The ship ''Philippa'', to Hephyra. She's a dryad, and it's her tree.
* BrokenBird - Talia is an almost textbook example of this since her tragic past causes her to have a very stoic, sarcastic, and violent attitude.
* ButchLesbian - Talia seems to be this. She is in love with Snow White and has an ex-girlfriend. She is also an aggressive fighter, cynical, and speaks bluntly.
* CastFromHitPoints - [[spoiler: It takes 7 years off of Snow's life every time she summons her Dwarves.]]
* ChekhovsGunman - Little Red Riding Hood. She's mentioned briefly in the first book, and the third centers around her.
* TheChessmaster - The Duchess.
* CompellingVoice - Stacia gets this ability.
* CoolOldLady - Beatrice is both likable and wise.
* CurseEscapeClause - TrueLovesKiss is known to break some otherwise very powerful curses. ([[spoiler: Even when it's the [[LoopholeAbuse "kiss"]] of a blade containing the spirit of a mother that truly loves you.]])
* CursedWithAwesome - How Talia sees her fairy gifts. She has beauty, grace, and skill, but wound up sleeping away centuries and getting raped.
* DaddysGirl - [[spoiler: The first thing Snow does when she arrives in Allesandria is to kill the wizard that made the poison that killed her father. He offered to help her get the throne and she refused him saying that she loved her father. And she was almost completely under DemonicPossession by then.]] Danielle also was very close to her father. It is hinted it was one of the reasons for her stepmother's hatred toward her.
* DarkAndTroubledPast - Since all of the princesses of The Princesses Series are based mostly on the Brothers Grimm version they all have this, though some more than others.
** Cinderella's mother died when she was very young. Her father dies when she is ten of a long and painful illness. She then becomes a virtual slave to her stepmother and stepsister who abuse her physically and mentally. She becomes a prisoner in her own home with mice and birds being her only true friends. And then they set off the plot of the first book in revenge....
** Snow White’s mother was a vain, power hungry witch who never cared about her daughter. She wanted to take over Snow’s body, and when that plan failed she tried to have Snow killed. After tracking her daughter down she killed Snow’s love in front of her eyes. After Snow kills her mother, her country falls into civil war and she is forced to flee lest she be executed for regicide.
** Sleeping Beauty and the entire royal family were cursed to sleep. In their absence, the kingdom descends into civil war. The winning faction takes the throne and murders the sleeping royal family so they can't challenge the new rulers. Beauty is raped in her sleep and wakes from the pain of childbirth. Forced to marry her rapist, she murders him on the wedding night and flees for her life, leaving their twin sons behind.
* DemonicPossession - [[spoiler:Snow.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy - The crew of the ''Philippa'' when the princesses get transformed in the third book. Talia sometimes gets [[LesYay distracted by Snow's sexy]].
** May also apply to when Snow, Danielle, and Talia [[spoiler:are shapeshifted into mermaids and have to swim through a mermaid tribe in the midst of their spawning. This is more due to Lirea's royal pheremones than attractive undines, though.]]
* DownerEnding - The end of [[spoiler: ''The Mermaid's Madness.'' The princesses discover that the mermaid princess Lirea, who attacked the Queen with a magic soul sucking knife and is trying to start a war between merpeople and humans, is not the real villain of the story. She has been under the influence of a spell cast by her grandmother Morveren that is slowly driving her mad. Morveren is killed and the spell broken but the experience has left Lirea's mind shattered. She is now confined to a tower by the sea with only the occasional visit from her sister to help her recover. As a result of the attack Queen Bea now only has a little over a year to live. They stopped the war but that's about the only good to come from this. ]]
* ElementalPowers - Gustan got [[BlowYouAway air spirits]], which passed to Lirea [[spoiler:thanks to his soul in her knife]], while Varisto [[spoiler: got [[DishingOutDirt power over earth]].]]
* EveryoneIsBi - At least among the undine.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses - The three main characters are the princesses Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Also in the second book they fight against a mermaid princess Lirea with the help of her sister and fellow princess Lannadae.
* EyeScream - one of the author's favorite tropes, apparently.
** How Talia subdues Charlotte.
** What happened to Danielle's stepmother.
** A mirror shard lodges in Snow's eye, which then heals over.
* FamedInStory - The stories of the main characters are as well known in their world as they are in ours. Played with as the versions of the story that are most well known are the LighterAndSofter Disney versions while what really happened is closer to the DarkerAndEdgier Grimm Brothers versions.
* FantasticRacism - Some people have problems with fairies and undine, though Lorindar has made alliances with both. Talia's hatred of the fairies is well-known, at least to those who know her real story.
* FriendToAllLivingThings / SpeaksFluentAnimal - Danielle's main ability. She can talk to and command animals. Turns into a very useful ability as she has different creatures attack enemies, help friends, or assist her in other ways. It's not just birds and mice either. She also pulls this trick with ''[[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]]'' and seas serpents.
* GoodBadGirl - Snow White will risk her life for her friends and flirts with anything male, human or not. Stated to do more than flirt off page.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex - Danielle is beautiful, kind, compassionate, brave, and forgiving. Her husband Armand is handsome, loyal, understanding, and caring. The two go at it like rabbits the moment the wedding is over.
* GrandTheftMe - multiple examples.
** Rose (Snow's evil mom) does this to [[spoiler: Stacia.]]
** Rose's demon does to [[spoiler: Snow White]].
* GreenEyes - Hephyra, who is a dryad, has vivid green eyes.
* HatePlague - The people infected by [[spoiler:Snow's mirror shards.]]
* HeroicSacrifice -[[spoiler: Snow created Gerta as a means to save herself, but later sacrifices herself to save Gerta.]]
* [[HotScientist Hot Magic Geek]] - Snow is both super hot and super nerdy, not just about the magical arts but also history, culture, and law.
* AnIcePerson - Snow is skilled with ice magic.
* ImaginaryFriend - [[spoiler: Gerta aka Rose Gertrude Curtana, was Snow's imaginary sister that she created out of loneliness in her childhood. Later Snow makes her real.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser - While knives, swords and such are appropriate for a medieval-style fantasy such as this, Snow gets snowflake-shaped ''shuriken'', made for her by Talia.
** Talia herself wields a zaraq, a whip-like weapon with what looks like a spindle attached to the end.
* IncestIsRelative - [[spoiler: At the end of ''The Mermaid's Madness.'' Lirea is still technically the queen, but has been [[MindRape Mind Raped]] far beyond the ability to rule by this point. Her little sister Lannadae is named her consort and thus is allowed to rule in her stead. We don't know if they actually do anything, so it may just be IncestSubtext, but it is officially recognized and accepted as normal by the undine.]]
** [[spoiler: If you're wondering ''why'' they even need to do this, it's because the scent of a royal mermaid is needed in order for the tribe to breed, and Lirea no longer produces that scent by the end, and all their other royalty is dead, and Lannadae is too young to really rule.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation - [[spoiler: Talia is secretly in love with Snow, who is ''very'' straight. At least thus far....]]
** [[spoiler: Gerta later mentions that Snow considered taking a love potion for Talia after Faziya left Lorindar.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun - Snow likes to throw these out.
-->(As they are climbing around inside a tree)\\
'''Snow:''' Looks like the tunnel branches off.\\
'''Talia:''' *''Throws an acorn at her''*
** Talia later recalls an incident in which Snow took revenge on Armand for an insult with a spell that made it rain in his room - provided she stayed in the lavatory. When questioned later, she commented that she wanted him to know what it felt like to be a peon.
* InsistentTerminology - Snow is quick to correct people that she is not a witch, she is a sorceress.
** They're not ''mermaids'', they're ''undine''.
* InstantArmor / ElementalArmor - A couple of times in ''The Snow Queen's Shadow'', Snow uses her magic to create an ice-armor for herself.
* KnifeNut - Talia is skilled in hand to hand combat and can use many weapons well but knives tend to be her primary weapon of choice, next to her zaraq.
** Also, each book makes a point of noting that Talia routinely carries enough weapons hidden about her person to arm a battalion of knights.
* LittleRedFightingHood - Roudette, the Lady of the Red Hood.
* LonelyRichKid - Snow as a child. [[spoiler: To console herself she imagined that she had a sister.]]
* LoopholeAbuse - How the Duchess got out of her execution (asking to see one last sunrise before she died and then fleeing underground where she could not see the sun) and how she planned on taking Jakob for herself (agreeing to returning him for six months of every year until he became an adult, though time passes differently in Fairytown). [[spoiler:Danielle returns the favor by marrying Jakob to Gerta, therefore making him an adult by Lorindar law, and exposing her to that last sunrise.]]
* LostInTranslation - An in-universe example. Sleeping Beauty was knocked out by a zaraq, a whip-like weapon with what looks like a spinning wheel's spindle attached to one end. When her tale was translated, the writers didn't know what it was, and just decided to say it was a spindle based on the picture.
* MagicMusic - Mermaids sing to weave their spells.
* MeaningfulName - A few. Danielle's/ Cinderella's maiden name is De Glas, like the glass slipper (plus her father was a glass worker). The mermaid princess's name from ''The Mermaid's Madness'' is Lirea, an anagram for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]].
* MermaidProblem: Lirea and Gustan prove that it's possible for the two species to have sex, although Lirea, being a royal, has two tails instead of the usual single one. At one point, Snow starts to wonder out loud about how merpeople have sex, but is cut off by Talia.
* MindRape - [[spoiler: Poor Lirea receives this from her own grandmother.]]
* NinjaMaid - Talia is one of the top secret agents for Queen Bea. She is highly trained martial artist whose abilities are enhanced by fairy magic. Her cover is that of a simple palace servant.
* OddCouple - Snow and Talia were this back before Danielle (Cinderella) joined the team making it a trio. Snow is intelligent, immature, outgoing, wields magic, and is younger than she looks due to magic. Talia is reserved, stoic, cynical, a high level warrior, and is older than she looks due to magic.
** And at the end of the series, [[spoiler: Talia is this with Snow's sister, Gerta.]]
* OurFairiesAreDifferent - All the various different fairies from fairytales, from the human-like fairy royalty to tiny winged pixies to talking animals, are all accounted for. Their society exists in a caste system. They like bargaining for human children and are sticklers for ExactWords.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent - They have MagicMusic, and the Royals have two tails instead of one. [[spoiler: And have no souls. Maybe.]]
* ParentalAbandonment - Talia herself has done this, as her offspring were the products of rape while she slept. Her rapist sent them to a temple somewhere, and never told Talia where. We finally meet them in ''Red Hood's Revenge''. [[spoiler: Mahatal is furious at her for killing their father, but Mutal admits that he could be wrong about her.]]
* PowerTrio - Danielle, Snow and Talia.
* PrehensileHair - Brahkop. Might be a troll racial trait.
* [[HandsomeLech Pretty Lech]] - Snow.
* RhymesOnADime - How Snow uses her MagicMirror.
* ShoutOut - Snow makes it so that the enemy ship's sails [[LolCats has a flavor]].
* SignificantAnagram - Lirea's name [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid is no accident]].
* SiblingYinYang - Gustan and Varisto. Gustan is an irresponsible playboy with a taste for conquest and Varisto is the WisePrince, though a bit more bloodthirsty than the norm. Their bonded elemental spirits reflect this as well. Gustan got air spirits and Varisto got earth spirits.
* ShipperOnDeck - Snow tried to ship Talia and Varisto. According to her they both like nothing more than to pummel people so they would be perfect for each other.
* StepfordSmiler - [[spoiler: Snow]] despite her cheerful and joking facade carries a lot of resentment and pain [[spoiler: which is what gives the demon that possesses her the means to twist her into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]
* SuddenlySexuality - When [[spoiler: Talia]] shows her feelings for [[spoiler: Snow]] it comes as a surprise.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve - Danielle is the innocent, Talia is the wife, and Snow White is the seductress.
* ToThePain - Stacia to Danielle.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting - Lirea, [[spoiler: and later the princesses.]] It comes with PainfulTransformation, though.
* WeirdMoon - Fairytown has two, one for the king and one for the queen.
* WhipItGood - Talia, when she's not using [[KnifeNut knives]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds - [[spoiler:Snow]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook - Snow, due to [[spoiler: the aforementioned spell casting taking years from her lifespan]].
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