- File Size: 1097 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Eulalia Skye Press (January 17, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0793MVTFZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Brine and Bone Kindle Edition
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One of the things I love so much about Kate's books is her characterisation, and although this was a novella, she didn't disappoint me. I was unsure of Finnian until I began to notice that there was a lot of sneakiness going on under that almost-too-perfect-and-good exterior, and I loved Magdalena from the start.
I ate this up in a single afternoon, and now I'm sad that I have to wait for the next book...
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were fascinating, managing to be prickly (or creepy) and lovable at the same time. And the writing was beautiful. It's unusual to get a retelling that's so faithful to HCA's original, because, let's face it, the Anderson original is downright depressing, as are so many of his other stories. I think Stradling did a wonderful job of remaining faithful to the original while giving it a sense of meaning and hope. In the final struggle between the two authors, however, I can't help feeling that Anderson still won out.
That said, this was a wonderfully enjoyable retelling that doesn't shy away from the dark and uncomfortable nature of the original tale. One of the more unique and unusual fairytale retellings I've come across, and I'll definitely be checking out some more of this author's work in future!
Who doesn't love Disney's version of The Little Mermaid? But when I read the original version, I was crushed with its tragic ending. I couldn't accept it. So I stuck with Disney's version, despite knowing they sugar-coated the story. But Kate came by and gave the PERFECT resolution to how the original version was written & I love it. It reconciled everything wrong with the original whilst keeping true to its homage.
I love Malena from e start, she's a loveable character who's true to herself. I was afraid Finnian would be, well, finicky... but he proved a main character I too fell in love with.
I wish I can say more about how great this novella is but I can't do so without spoilers. So I'll just anxiously wait for the next mindblowing novel or novella from Kate.
I loved Stradling’s The Legendary Inge, and liked Namesake (though that main character was a little... too bitter? For me to read. Kate Stradling is now on auto buy.