DATE PUBLISHED: 01st September 2009
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
I fell in love with this lyrical fairytale retelling. The prose was beautiful, it drew the reader in to this redrafted fairytale following the life of Ash. The plot was intriguing, following the general storyline of the Cinderella fairytale while adding some unique elements to make it a brand new story.
Ash as a character is experiences a wide range of emotions. She is relatable as she experiences anger and sadness and can see the unfairness of the life she is forced to lead. The character of Kaisa is a deviation from the original fairytale and seeing the interactions between these two characters I fell more and more in love of the idea of these two as a pair.
This beautiful story is reminiscent of the fairytales from my childhood and left me loving the prose and the characters. This world was beautifully crafted. I enjoyed the unique elements of the book, making this a stunning retelling.
Keep Calm and Read On,