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Cinderella Dreams of Fire (Fairy Tales Forever Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Here, Cinderella isn't just a feisty, smart, resilient, unfairly abused housekeeper with a heart of gold - she also happens to be a skilled fighter and cat burglar with attitude to spare. I really enjoyed following her journey from servitude to freedom (no spoiler here, as it does still meet the expectations of a fairy tale) - and watching as she wins the love of a prince, who, like the one in EVER AFTER, comes to appreciate how strong and unique she is. Besides offering the main story, Lane's CINDERELLA tale also provides a much richer backstory for the terrible stepmother and stepsisters - and gives the reader rather satisfying endings for several other characters (good and evil) as well.
I highly recommend this book for those who appreciate fairy tales with a twist. And for what it's worth, I also enjoyed Lane's SNOW WHITE novella - which you can only receive by signing up for the email list!
The bad: It was a bit slow and some parts just seemed thrown in to make sure the story was plausible.
The epilogue: A fairy tale lover will enjoy the new way this is written as well as the heroine being able to handle herself.
This is an interesting, readable fantasy variation on a classic fairy tale. Cinderella and similar tales are the soil from which hundreds of stories and movies and comics all spring. Fairy tales - particularly the Grimm version - are Western civilization's mythology. They resonate with readers who have never encountered the original stories. But what makes this version and others apparently planned by Casey Lane different is how they reflect the current social mores. In other words, these are NOT your grandmother's version of fairy tales.
Instead of a sweet loving princess helped by a fairy godmother to attract the eye and the heart of a handsome prince, this Cinderella is a tough-as-nails thief and fighter who doesn't need any 'steenking man' to fight for her. She'll kick your ass herself. The story builds on the bare bones of the Cinderella story with the dead mother, (dead or dead to the world) father, the evil stepmother and two mean stepsisters. But Lane tells an entirely different story from this background. It's actually a pretty good twist on the original with a valid reason for the stepmother's dislike of Cinderella and how rotten her stepsisters were.
The story is pretty good except for one detail. I'm not sure the author has any idea what a medieval village was, or it's size.Quite simply too much happens in a small village attached to a minor lord's castle. There are too many soldiers, too many inns, too much action. This village feels like a capitol city and a major lord's holdings. Of course it's a fairy tale,but the fairy tales grew up around the medieval world of villages and towns and capitol cities and castles of various sizes. There has to be a hint of reality.
That aside, this is a good idea, making the blushing maidens of yore into man-killing Women Warriors. I'll look forward to seeing what Lane does next. This one is well worth reading and buying.
This is not the story you remember from your childhood - it is so much better! For one, the heroine is not sitting around waiting to be rescued, and I thought that was fantastic. I could not wait to see what would happen next as the author threw new creative twists and turns into the well-known tale.
I definitely look forward to reading more stories by Casey Lane!
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