Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula
by Andi Watson
Cover Artist: Andi Watson
Review by Gayle Surrette
First Second Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781626721494
Date: 24 February 2015 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Princess Decomposia seems to have all the responsibility of running the underworld, solving the problems of the various factions to keep peace, and yet she has no authority. Her father lays about in bed, checking medical newspapers for the perfect diet to be healthy, and refusing to do his job because he doesn't feel well.
When the princess hires a new cook, Count Spatula, a vampire who lost his fangs to a love of sweets, she gains a friend and a confidant. He encourages her when she's down, offers advice, listens, and uses food to help her deal with the various groups she must negotiate with to keep the underworld running smoothly.
When her father learns of her friendship with the cook, he is determined to separate them. He feels she should only be concerned with him, his health, and his comfort. A Romeo and Juliette story with status rather than family name being the wedge that is used to divide the two -- princess and cook.
The story is one of friendship, a bit of romance, and family with a bit of management training thrown into the mix. A king is still a father and a child is not a servant -- a lesson learned that makes for a better kingdom and a happier underworld.