- File Size: 772 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; First edition (June 16, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TU271I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must admit I am not a huge fan of the fantasy genre and haven't read an actual fairytale since I was a child. It was what made it difficult for me to truly get into the story at first. As a fan of Amy Lane I was able to enjoy her unique way of making me fall in love with the characters and I finally found myself drawn into this "magical or enchanted" world.
I definitely think this was my least favorite of all of her books (which most likely has to do with the genre and not writing) but I am glad I finally read it.
First things first, Amy Lane is a haunting, subtle, skilled writer who refuses to settle for easy solutions. Every book she's written carries pain and secrecy thumping inside its ribs like a dark heart. Faced with the "update a fairytale" challenge, she's not going to settle for a facile approach.
Knife, the protagionist, is the direct converse of what most writers would tackle. He is literally deformed, arguably ugly, but fiercely appealing for reasons that aren't easy to explain. Aerie-Smith is beastly in stark, upsetting ways; if he is sexy and commanding, those things are handicaps as much as strengths. There are no quick fixes on offer here. Yet it IS a fairytale, and Lane walks her Knife's edge to wring delicious sweetness and sadness out of a very old story.
Lane also digs right at the core of the original Myth. She knows her Ovid and (I'd imagine) many many versions of this story as well: from C.S. Lewis to NBC. What she has used to built her plot, the curse, the romance IS the hub of the myth itself: the act of seeing, the power and peril of secrecy and sight, the trust it takes to expose ugliness in yourself and others, the painful struggle between Truth and Darkness.
I don't like big spoilers in reviews, so I won't ruin any of the witty twists Lane puts on her kingdoms or their quirky inhabitants. I'm not going to crow about her dynamic prose and her singular characterizations and her knack for odd emotion from unexpected sources, because you'll either see them instantly or think I'm an ass for raising your hopes. And I will only hint at the slivers of heartbreak and hope that she plants at strange moments. I will assure you that it is a fairytale with a happy ending, but one that comes with a keen sense of the cost of happiness and endings.
I loved this retelling, and I'm even more of a fan of Amy Lane than I was going in, which is saying something. She is a treasure.
I grew up believing that only certain people deserved certain things and that I was not one of them. I grew up believing the world was fair to those whom deserve it - and that's a lie. Everyone deserves to be happy - but the world is anything but fair. As a parent, I have struggled to find a balance in teaching my daughter these things.
This book lays it all bare. For every fat, crippled, poor, or homely person who has ever become 'the funny one' or 'the rude one' in order to cloak the hurt inside, this fairytale is long overdue.
I've always enjoyed the story of 'The Beauty and the Beast', but truth be told, it has always been flawed. It teaches that if you're a good person and want something badly enough, things will magically change and become 'right' or 'just' and that simply isn't true. Life isn't fair and sometimes that starts right at birth, but you have to love yourself in order to allow others to love you. You can be fat, crippled, poor, or homely and someone, the right someone, will love you and look at you like life is worth living because you exist. THAT is a lesson worth learning.
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