Book Title: Queen of Thorns
Book Author: Paula M. Hunter
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing Date: April 26th, 2018
Publisher: Red Rose Books
Date Read: June 16th, 2018
Synopsis: Princess Khione travels to Agraunia with Gerda and Kai, in order to protect those who sheltered her from her wicked mother, Queen Eleanor. She intends to seek sanctuary at Tormain Palace, the home of her mother’s cousin, Queen Katrina. However, life there is not how she imagined and she discovers that the apparently impeccable, Crown Prince Tristan is harbouring scandalous secrets.
Meanwhile, Gerda and Kai’s wedding plans are about to be shattered by some heartbreaking news. The suspected return of the Snow Queen also puts their future in jeopardy.
Eleanor decides to move forward her political and personal alliance with King Wilbur. A decision she may yet regret.
Original Faerie Tales:
Rapunzel was published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. Their version was based off the 1790 tale written by Friedrich Schulz, which was based off of Persinette by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force, influenced by Petrosinella by Giambattista Basile.
Read the Grimm’s version here.
Read Basile’s version here.
The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson was first published on October 2, 1838.
Read the original here.
The earliest known version of Sleeping Beauty comes from 1330-1344, titled Perceforest. Basile published a version in 1634, titled Sun, Moon, and Talia. This in turn inspired Charles Perrault to write Little Briar Rose, which was orally collected by the Brothers Grimm.
Read the Basile’s, Perrault’s, and the Grimm’s versions here.
Queen of Thorns was another magical faerie tale from Paula M. Hunter. It was full of beauty, adventure, and whimsy. It was a captivating sequel, and a marvelous mashup of classic tales.
Paula did a fabulous job with recapping what happened in Kingdom of Ice. Everything came together and continued as if I never left the world. The story had the same feeling as the first book with the mashups of Snow White and The Snow Queen, but it also had it’s own magical feeling with bringing together Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and the Wild Swans.
I loved that I could pick out the bits that were inspired by the original tales, but also that the whole story felt like it’s own faerie tale. The original tales were sewn together seamlessly and created magic as a whole dark faerie tale. There was excitement, mishaps, love, and danger.
The characters were beautiful and dynamic and continued to grow with the story. The writing was elegant and vivid, just like book 1, and I couldn’t put the book down! It was dark and delightful and full of magic and whimsy.
Thank you to the author for sending me this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review!
Faerie Tale Art:
I think that these images not only represent the original tales that inspired this story, but also represent a little of the feelings I got while reading it.
All Images found on google.
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