- File Size: 3904 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Thirteen Pages Press (October 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P0WARGK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The characters are well developed and very likeable with the exception of the ones who aren't supposed to be. Most notably the spoiled rich girl who always gets whatever she wants and looks down on everyone "below" her and the evil king who wants to conquer the world. This not the story of Rumpelstiltskin as we all know it. It is the story of Raya Trinklus, a "basket baby" who was adopted and raised by Miles Trinklus in a small village called Graineyville. It's the story of three girls who go to the capital to meet the prince when all girls in the kingdom between the ages of 16 and 18 are commanded to come for a ball. Raya has always wanted to go to the capital but her father hates it so he's always told her no. Now there is no choice. This is a story of intrigue, secrets and a rebellion army. And it's a very fun read that had me turning pages until it was done.
It was an interesting concept, but it just didn't come together well. Lots of things happening with no real background or follow through. Many things left hanging or unresolved.
This ebook also contained more than the usual number of typos and grammatical errors common to most ebooks. That I lay at the feet of whoever edited the print to ebook manuscript. (Not that my grammar is much better! But at least my iffy grammar is free!)
Disappointing would sum it up. The Dusk Gate Chronicles were outstanding, captivating. I expected more of the same and it just wasn't there.
I particularly enjoy fairytale adaptations that find clever, but mundane (in the non-magical sense of the word) explanations for "magic" from the original. Puttroff proved to be a master at this technique. I also loved that she recognised and highlighted the cruelty of king who sentence a girl to death for her father's boast.
.A very solid 3.5, too strong to be rounded down to Amazon's 3.
This is an interesting take on a fairy tale retelling, since the story takes place years after the events in the fairy tale. A number of other themes are introduced before we even read anything relating to what we might remember of Rumpelstiltskin. Additionally, we don't see magical abilities, which is almost always a part of a fairy tale retelling. Rather than inventing the magic that would allow Rumpelstiltskin's story to have occurred, Breeana instead imagined what events could--years later--develop into a legend like Rumpelstiltskin. This plays into the theme of what truth is.
The writing style is captivating, and the plotline is consistent.
Raya sometimes confused and frustrated me with her emotional reactions, but it proves she wasn't perfect.
I stayed up late to finish the last 45% of the book and I'm glad I did. Definitely worth reading.