Description on Amazon
The mystery of Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound meets the romance of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings.
An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.
The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.
With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.
Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.
Her feelings for one of the men who tricked her from the start threaten to complicate everything. Not the tale of a damsel in distress, this is the story of a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.
Not until Aoife came along.
What says I
This was an eerie book. And Rumpelstiltskin is an eerie character. So in my mind it's a success!
But seriously though. This book is an expansion on the ultimate notorious devil in all fiction land. But, and this is where my skin crawls, Ms Hennessy manages to make this revolting character human. I couldn't help but feel sorry of him, take pity on him or cry for him. She manages to let me loath other characters for their cruelty or their betrayal.
Enter a few scenes back the protagonist Aoife. I immediately admired her strength and her tenacity both in the time that she lived in this fantasy time and both with her lot. At some stage I was a bit confused with her strength being real or just being a farce but then I realized that she's one of those rare creatures whose strength is not necessary in their boldness or their coldness but actually in their resilience and their determination. Something M Hennessy showed beautifully as Aoife developed. By the way, I love her name.
That brings me to Ronan. I did not appreciate this character at all. He felt a bit underdeveloped and flimsy. But in the end I grew to appreciate his role. In that sense the writer managed to focus her story on Aoife and Rumpelstiltskin.
I loved this book. Overall a different twist on one of the world' most famous of evil! It is a slow book but justifies a double read. Loads of information is built into the story with twists and turns round every corner.
If you're a fan of this old fantasy, read this. If you're a fan of the series Once Upon A Time, I think this book will be a hit.
What says others
Where to find the Book
The ebook is available on Amazon for free at the moment. Also find it at Barnes and Nobel, iBooks and Kobo. I couldn't find an Audible audiobook but Amazon has the audiobook option.
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