In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…
A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
With thanks to Lily Capewell at HQ Stories, for my gifted hardback copy for the tour. I must admit the front cover did sell the story at first, as it is gloriously designed. The blurb was interesting, it became intriguing when it is described as a ‘re-telling’ of an original much loved classic.
Throughout the story I enjoyed the characters and the parts they played within the book, from the unpleasant King, who thought best while destroying a valuable and magical forest, ignoring the warnings from the Faerie Queene, to when the faerie boy (Beau) arrives at the castle, with outstanding beauty.
There are twists and turns to the story as the King returns and the story continues as you meet the unfortunate Beast, her story itself is unfortunate, finding her true beauty is one of her own, a journey that she needs to make.
This story is a dark and very much an adult version of the original, I have to admit I wasn’t expecting the abundance of sex scenes, however it didn’t affect the story itself. I wanted to know more about the Beauty (Randa) and how she continued, persevering til the end to find what she was looking for.
I wished for more about the Faerie Queene within the story, more that she could have done towards those who offended her.
I do believe to appreciate this story it should not follow on, or be compared to the original. Apart from the fact there is a Beauty and a Beast, I would enjoy this story on its own merit.
You can buy it here at Amazon.