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The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.
This was McKinley's first book, written almost 20 years ago. Since that time she has been awarded the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and has delighted her fans with another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable, Rose Daughter. Still, McKinley's first novel has a special place in the hearts of her devoted readers, many of whom attest to relishing Beauty time and again. (Ages 11 to Adult)
I just picked this book up by chance. I am a fan of the Beauty & the Beast fairy tale story. And I bought it since it was very cheap, but man was I surprised at the story that... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Emily
This book will take you to another place and when you return to our world, you'll simply want to return to the one Robin McKinley has created for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bethany
Skillful retelling made even more remarkable by her later alternate retelling. Robin McKinley is a highly skilled author. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E Emmerich
The book is great, the story is beautiful and deep, rich in background and coherente. The print version, though, was very poor, cheap. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melisa S. Ramonda