I'm excited to be a part of the Fairest of Them All blog tour today!
I had the opportunity to read this story and it was fantastic.
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Release Date: August 6th, 2013
What if Rapunzel was Snow White’s evil stepmother? From the author of Godmother and Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All explores what happens when fairy tale heroines grow up and don’t live happily ever after.
Living in an enchanted forest, Rapunzel spends her days tending a mystical garden with her adoptive mother, Mathena. A witch, Mathena was banished from court because of her magic powers, though the women from the kingdom still seek her advice and herbal remedies. She waits, biding her time to exact revenge against those who betrayed her.
One day Rapunzel’s beautiful voice and long golden locks captivate a young prince hunting in the forest nearby. Overcome, he climbs her hair up to her chamber and they fall into each other’s arms. But their afternoon of passion is fleeting, and the prince must return to his kingdom, as he is betrothed to another.
Now king, he marries his intended to bring peace to his kingdom. They have a stunning daughter named Snow White. Yet the king is haunted by his memories of Rapunzel, and after the mysterious death of his wife, realizes he is free to marry the woman he never stopped longing for. In hopes of also replacing the mother of his beloved daughter, the king makes Rapunzel his queen.
But when Mathena’s wedding gift of an ancient mirror begins speaking to her, Rapunzel falls under its evil spell, and the king begins to realize that Rapunzel is not the beautiful, kind woman he dreamed of.
Don't be fooled by the gorgeous book cover with its beautiful colors and magical, romantic appeal. Although this novel does feature a stunning woman with luxurious golden hair, it's not a story of heartwarming romance. It's a wicked, twisted tale that brings together two beloved fairy tale characters, Rapunzel and Snow White.
The Fairest of Them All comfortably fits into the category of dark fantasy, the subgenre that I can't get enough of, especially the stories that touch on subject matters that would make some readers uncomfortable..or even scare them away. I admire an author who isn't afraid to push the envelope and that's one of the many reasons why I love Turgeon's newest novel.
Many of the elements of this story you'll find familiar, but only in the beginning. Rapunzel lives in a tower and was raised by a witch. She enchants a young prince who climbs the tower using her long, golden locks so that they may be together. And, as in most versions of this story, she becomes pregnant with his child. But that's where many of the similarities end.
There are plenty of twists and a lot of heartache, deep betrayals, and complicated emotions. Rapunzel believes that her dreams have come true when she finally marries her king, but she ultimately learns that being the fairest woman in the kingdom, possessing beautiful, magical hair and having spells and potions at her disposal doesn't ensure her happily ever after. She also learns that you can't outrun your lies, magic comes with a price, and that a person who is beautiful on the outside can be very damaged and ugly on the inside.
This was my first time reading a novel by Carolyn Turgeon, but it certainly won't be my last. In fact, after writing this review I'm heading over to Amazon to purchase Mermaid ... or maybe Godmother. They both sound so good, I can't decide.
Carolyn Turgeon is the author of five novels: Rain Village (2006), Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story (2009), Mermaid (2011), which is being developed for film by Sony Pictures, and The Next Full Moon (2012), her first and only book for middle-grade readers. Her latest novel, The Fairest of Them All, comes out in August 2013 from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster and is about Rapunzel growing up to be Snow White's stepmother. She lives in Pennsylvania and New York and teaches fiction writing at the University of Alaska at Anchorage's Low-Residency MFA program. She's currently at work on a new novel about Dante's Beatrice, set in thirteenth-century Florence.Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook | Pinterest | Mermaid Blog
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