We’d like to give a Big THANK YOU to Ms Grace Draven. Thanks for taking the time to read our article! It’s an honor to read your feedback! 🙂
Grace Draven is the author of the Wraith Kings Series and Master of Crows.
For those who like a fresh read on arranged marriages, try out “Radiance”
Princess Ildiko and Prince Brishen are married to secure an alliance. But instead of the usual whining and fighting I usually see in most books, the two decide to make the best of their situation.
They get to know each other better and become friends. And later, they fall in love despite differences in their culture and their standards of beauty (one looks ugly to the other and vice versa).
Give it a try. It’s basically two people being mature about their situation and decide to work together to make their marriage work!
You can buy it on AMAZON
And for those who love stories wherein a girl lives with a powerful and notorious magician (eg. Howl’s Moving Castle, Uprooted, etc), please try out the author’s book “Master of Crows”
You can buy it on AMAZON
Whether they take a real person’s identity or simply invent a new one, sympathetic protagonists often do it for either or a combination of the following reasons:
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They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And out of all women in your life, mothers are beings that can make you run to the hills if you ever cross them. But, if you think your mom is scary, then you haven’t met Bethesda the Heartstriker.
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We’d like to thank the amazing Ms Juliet Marillier for taking the time to read through our article.
She doesn’t agree with my theory about retellings being fanfiction. But I really felt honored to hear her views on the matter. It’s always a joy to know that someone is listening to you. Her view may be different from my own. But I see this as a chance to broaden my perspective
If you have the chance, please do check out her wonderful books!
My special favorite is “Daughter of the Forest” about a girl whose brothers were turned into swans. And the only way to break the curse is to make them shirts out of nettles without uttering a single sound until the task is complete.
This lack of a voice leads to a lot of misunderstanding, especially as she finds herself living with her people’s enemies and married to their leader.
You can purchase this on Amazon in Kindle, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback or Hardcover.
Another book to check out is her Blackthorn & Grim series, starting with Dreamer’s Pool.
A story of the healer Blackthorn who was put in prison for speaking out against a corrupt ruler and lost her son & husband to a fire set by order of that same ruler. The man Grim is imprisoned in the cell across from hers.
And she has been subjected to harsh conditions in that prison until one day a Fae comes and makes her a deal. He’ll set her free if:
- She doesn’t pursue vengeance for at least 7 years
- She helps anyone who asks
And thus begins a new life for Blackthorn (and Grim who chooses to follow her)
It’s an amazing series guys!
You can contact Ms Marillier through her facebook fanpage!. Do check out her works because I think you’ll be missing out otherwise 🙂
We generally envy a young girl placed in a position of power and influence. For some reason, there’s this belief that they came by it through luck and/or family connections. And there is a bit of truth in that. However, luck and “accident of birth” can only take one so far.
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History is subjective. Sure it tells us that things happened (eg. deaths, births, wars, inventions occurred). And no one is contesting those events. But history can only present us with likely interpretation of facts. It can tell us that king so-and-so made war on this country. But it can only approximate the motivations for such a move.
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Fairy Tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are so old that no one even knows who originally told these tales. In fact, I don’t think anyone really knows what the original versions are.
These stories have been retold an x number of times that new versions inevitably appear with each retelling. Now in present day, we even get to read published books that pretty much reinterpret or subvert the tales our parents/grandparents/nannies told us in our childhood.
So how many different versions could there be of one particular fairy tale?
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When we say kids are growing up too fast, I think it usually implies that the child or teenager is placed in a situation that should have been handled by his/her parents. But for some reason, they are the ones who has to take on said issue.
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We would really love to reach out to more readers. And hopefully, this will help!
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It would really be great to hear from you ! 🙂
Special Thanks to the lovely Ms Amanda DeWees!
I love her books With This Curse and Nocturne for a Widow
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