Fantasy writer Patricia Wrede's has crafted a tale based on Grimms' fairy tale. (Incidentally, the Grimm brothers were uncles to my great grandmother.) As much as I enjoy this author, I felt some weakness that I believe was from the effort to use authentic Elizabethan words and phrases in the dialogue, but modern English in the narrative. It felt somewhat disjointed, almost like reading something where all the dialogue is in a foreign language. I can understand much of the language of Shakespeare, but the mental effort to go back and forth made the reading feel choppy. Then, occasionally, modern English or syntax would slip in, creating cognitive dissonance. I still enjoyed reading it to the end, but this isn't this author's best work.
I particularly liked how the original short tale of Snow White and Red Rose was incorporated into the book before each chapter. This story is well told, the speech and the Faeries are very Old English, which works well though the original tale takes place in Germany.
It's a wonderfull and great story EVERY ONE WHO READS IT WILL LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0
This is a must read for anyone who loves fairy tales. This takes the short fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red and fleshes it out, setting it in Elizabethan England. That said, the characters do speak in the style of the time with many a "thee" or "thou." Hopefully that won't put you off from what it a wonderful story.
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