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- Print Length: 444 pages
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- Publication Date: September 30, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ISETCS0
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Once Upon A Time (The New Fairy Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The first tale, Finding Bell, is Colorado author Michelle Ziegler’s spin on Beauty and the Beast. The Prince Fae novella offered for this volume chronicles the life of Henri, the entrapped prisoner of his own French castle and his journey to be reunited with the love of his life. Unfortunately, Annabelle’s memories from the last six years are wiped clean from her mind. While assuming a newer and more modern identity, a trip touring the paintings of vast French castles, coupled with the vivid images of her nightly dreams, keep pulling her in another direction toward discovering a part of herself whom she is dying to know again.
The Blue Mage by Amber Morant tells the story of a magical sorcerer whose treasures are sought after by a cunning young thief named Elona. After becoming an apprentice to the Blue Mage, Elona realizes his own true identity. This will become his most difficult feat within his young life of hard knocks.
A fantastic spin on Pinocchio, Layne Aust, a Southwest Virginian author, tells the story of a heartbroken blacksmith so heartsick over the death of Natalia, the love of his life, that he works to recreate her out of steel. After making a deal with a dark witch, who brings her to life, Emilio realizes that attempting to resurrect the departed, especially at the hands of an evil enchantress, is not as he may have hoped. In fact, brining the metal version of his loved one to life may reap consequences that are worse than a broken heart. The Steel Heart has a very thrilling Rod Serling sort of twist to it.
A take on The Little Mermaid, Australian writer Kate Bonham brings her From the Depths adaptation home to its originally more morose Hans Christian Anderson beginnings as opposed to the Walt Disney film version. This was a story I had to grow to like. I thought the original was too depressing and the Disney music drove me crazy. Honaker’s story, however, was a happy medium, not too bleak or sugary. It was a story of depth, interest and suspense. It also makes you mindful of the adage that urges you to be careful of things you desire, as their realization could be a potential disaster.
When Death is your godmother, it can bestow you both blessings and curses. In Kellie Honaker’s Godmother Death, one of her many short stories in her own series of books, Phillip knows this all too well. When the miracle-rendering elixir she bestows him at birth refuses to work for the girl he loves, he cheats Death. Unknowingly, his actions will come at a price he may not be willing to pay.
Thompson invited another local author, Rosa Lee Jude, along for this wonderful ride of revamping timeless fairy tales. In her take on Cinderella, If the Shoe Fits, Jude takes a young girl named Cinder who lives with her aging but vital Aunt Millie and helps her discover her true magical identity through an avenue that she illustrates best, time travel. However, discovering that you are a fairy tale princess isn’t as simple as it seems. Real life doesn’t always end happily. Cinder quickly finds that elements of her fairy tale were fictionalized for her protection and discovering the true story would not be easy. She also learns that there is little room in a modern world for fairy tales. The key is to write the story of your life with choices that will hopefully help to give you a happy ending.
Thompson herself contributed a compelling story called The Dragon Kept, which I thought was a take on Sleeping Beauty although her story had little to do with Khyazelle, the sleeping princess, and more with Morgana, the blue fairy. She is a fairy who, as a penance for an erroneous spell is sent to the palace to guard the sleeping princess along with an entrapped dragon, whom she quickly befriends. They both live in a kingdom that has been turned to stone as a result of another fairy’s mistake. If she can clean up another’s mess, her own can be forgiven and her powers restored.
Prince Henry knew that she had finally came back and the castle came alive again. His subjects had been released from their prison of stone. He knew he would not be the same girl he had lost so many years ago.
Can the beauty release the beast from the curse? You must read this exciting story.
If you like fairy tales retold, this is the box set for you. It will introduce you to some great authors, or reintroduce you to some old favorites.
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