A lovely retelling of a classic fairy tale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I do love me a good fairy tale and this twist on the classic Snow White is as lovely as the cover which graces it.
Riley Hart and Christina Lee write magic together, whether it be contemporary or this somewhat whimsical reinterpretation in which the Huntsman doesn’t just leave his captive in the forest, but instead takes him home and falls in love.
Their interpretation of the seven dwarves of fairy tale fame make up a disparate family who are all bound together by the Huntsman’s kind heart and unfailing devotion to justice.
In Ansil and Orien we get a classic slow burn, frenemies to lovers age gap romance with a little bit of a medieval feel in this world which isn’t quite total fantasy but isn’t urban either.
They are two quite different characters but eventually see inside each other, deep into the souls of what makes them special, and it’s super sweet.
The bad guy plot works well, it’s the typical evil stepmother scenario only switched genders and an extra complication added and it works to bring the necessary tensions into what had been a fairly even-keeled narrative.
I hope they carry on with this series and look at some of the more obscure fairy tales.
And, as a PS: This gorgeous illustration by Sarah Jo Creene is just as lovely as the one which Jay Aheer did for Ever After. They both fully represent the lovely stories inside the cover.
#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.