Hello my fellow make believers and faerie tale lovers!
Today we will be talking about The Wild Swans. Have you read the original tale? Or tales, I should say. My research leads me to believe Hans Christian Anderson wrote the original tale that was then collected and adapted by The Brothers Grimm. The tale was also adapted by many others, and even turned in to animated stories for kids.
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Book Title: The Wild Swans (Timeless Fairy Tales #2)
Book Author: K.M. Shea
Page Count: 280
Publishing Date: April 26th, 2014
Publisher: Take Out the Trash
Date Read: December 10th, 2017
Synopsis: Elise is the foster-daughter of the King of Arcainia, a mathematician, and the country’s treasurer. She is not a hero. But when her step-mother, a wicked witch, curses Elise’s seven foster-brothers—the princes of Arcainia—and turns them into swans, Elise is the only one who can save them.
To break the curse, she must knit seven shirts made of stinging nettles, but there’s a catch. She has to complete the shirts without uttering a word, and if she doesn’t finish the task, Arcainia and her foster-brothers will be lost.
THE WILD SWANS is a retelling of the German Six Swans fairy tale and the Dutch Wild Swans fairy tale. It is a story of humor, love, adventure, and magic, and it is part of the top selling Timeless Fairy Tales series—a series comprised of loosely related adaptations of your favorite fairy tales. All Timeless Fairy Tales take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone books.
The Original Faerie Tale:
Found in Faerie Tale Compilations
Title: The Wilds Swans
Book Author: Hans Christian Anderson
Page Count: 153
Publishing Date: 1838
Date Read: December 15th, 2017
“Only a great sacrifice of love could counterbalance such evil.”
The Wild Swans is a story full of grace and beauty. It has heart, humor, and love. For those who love a bit of childhood nostalgia paired with an enchanting tale, and moral, look now further.
The Wild Swans captivated my heart from page one. I found it fascinating and enchanting. It reminded me of the faerie tales from my childhood, but paired well with the adult faerie tale lover in me. It was whimsical, humorous, and elegant. It was very well written and offered a beautiful lesson.
I adored the world setting and building of this one. It actually built off of the world that K.M Shea built for Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales #1). Though, all of her Fairy Tales can be read as standalone books, they can be thoroughly enjoyed in order in her series. This build up of the world, and character mentions from Beauty and the Beast AND Snow Queen, solidified the faerie tale/fantasy aspects for me. I felt like the world building in this one stood quite well on its own, but was more magical since it is the 3rd book of Kitty’s that I have read.
The writing style was fantastically graceful. I fell in love with her writing when I read Heart of Ice: Snow Queen, because she is so skilled with making me feel like I am in the story. I could see everything as it was happening. Her descriptions and imagery were so lyrical and magical. And her characters were beautifully developed.
Elise was an incredible character and sister. She was strong, brave, determined, and loving. She was intelligent, innocent, and honest. She was the true star of the story, and a beautiful heroine!
Brida definitely came in a strong second as far as favorites for me. She was a true warrior. She was brave and strong and dutiful. She had a great character personality and an attitude change that went along with the moral of “what’s on the inside counts.”
I felt like Kitty’s retelling had some nice twists and tweaks compared to the original! It had some nice story morals, and definitely uplifted women in faerie tales. I have loved that about her stories since Snow Queen, because our heroines aren’t waiting on princes for their “happily ever afters.” They are making their own!
“Magic deals more with matters of the heart.”
Quotes used are from the book, written by the author.
Faerie Tale Art:
Photos found on Pinterest.
Faerie Tale Discussion:
Swans are an interesting choice for this faerie tale. Did you ever read the tale, or watch an animated version, and wonder ‘why swans?’
Swans are thought to be royal birds. They are symbolic of love, music and poetry. They also symbolize beauty, grace, chastity, and strength. It could be said that with the princes turning in to swans, they are mirroring Elise and her attributes, since she is the heroine of our story.
“What do you think? Was the symbolism intentional?
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