Genre: Fairy Tale; Fantasy; Paranormal Romance; Adventure
A dark fairytale beauty and the beast retelling.
Find solace in strange places.
Fleeing a war, having lost everything, Rosalin finds herself in the forbidden forests of the west. A dark place where creatures and magic dwell. In the home of a monster, Rosalin finds refuge, but another war rages beyond her sight, and Rosalin finds herself in its midst. Her only hope is the demon lord and her own wits.
WARNING: moderate war, death, gore, horror. Familial grief. Sexual content.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this since I bought it a while back because Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale and I love finding different interpretations/retellings. I’m excited to say that the story not only did not disappoint, it took the spot of my number one fairy tale retelling ever.
Our ‘Beauty’ in this story, Rosalin, finds herself trying to survive with her father in their war-torn world during the era of swords, shields, and horse-drawn carriages. After having lost the rest of her family to tragedy, she’s become quite cynical and arguably absent of much emotion. However, when a chance meeting with a fox leads her to the enchanted albeit decrepit mansion of a demon lord, she is forever changed. For better or worse is for you to decide.
Now, that description of mine doesn’t really do the story justice. This isn’t an “Oh that’s exactly the original (or most commonly known) version of the story, just with a demon instead of a beast.” While the premise of her being basically alone in the world and venturing into the woods to find a magical palace whose head is a cursed being is the same, that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
I don’t like putting spoilers in reviews, so I’ll just say this romance was heartfelt in a way that runs much deeper than the Beauty and the Beast we are all accustomed to. Add to that the intricate plot on the demon’s side of the story and the grim suffering of Rosalin’s adventure in our known world and you have a fantastically dark yet surprisingly sweet tale that even fairy tale haters can enjoy. Although I bought the ebook, I’ll be buying the paperback in the near future because this is a novel I NEED on my shelf.
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~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden
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