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Queen Cinder (Shards of the Glass Slipper #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Note: Kindle Edition includes artwork by author/artist Roy Mauritsen

One Last Chance To Save Happily Ever After!

Can a group of heroes, including Goldenhair, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, help General Snow White and her dwarven resistance fighters defeat the tyrannical Queen Cinderella? And will they succeed before a war with Wonderland destroys everything? Their only hope
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Padwolf Publishing Inc. (first published March 15th 2012)
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I am amazed by the intricacy of the plot! I loved, loved, LOVED, how all my childhood fairytales have been meshed up together in this delightful little book.
I was very excited to find out what plotline Mauritsen had created for each of the Disney princesses and the accompanying cast, each page held a lovely surprise.
The best thing, however, was the introduction of Wonderland in the mix. It's easy to think up of ways to twist our old beloved stories, but Mauritsen hs combined it all in a clear a
Charisse Catama
An action-filled story where our sweet and all-time favorite Cinderella is given a power-hungry witch queen role. A good read. The plot was predictable, which is exactly why I liked the book :)
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Wow! What an amazing and fun book!! The ending! Holy batshit the ending!

I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her!!!
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Queen Cinder
Crazy evil bitch..
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Oh, she is just the coolest thing EVER! I LOVE what the author has done with this character.

Now here is a twist I never saw coming. At ALL!
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All of the Wonderland characters as well.

The whole book just made me so very happy! I am looking forward to the next installment.
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Michael Taylor
Apr 16, 2012 Michael Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time takes on new meaning in Roy Mauritsen’s Shards of the Glass Slipper. In the great tradition of true masters of fairy tales, Mauritsen twists the reader in and out of timeless stories, and leaves the reader asking, “Is there a happily ever after?” Shards of the Glass Slipper is a book that will stand the test of time. This will become a work that will find itself in classrooms from middle school to college.

I was incredibly impressed with Mauritsen’s ability to alter the reader’s
Ernie Jr.
Apr 28, 2012 Ernie Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a great read from Roy Mauritsen. The story was well thought out and unique given the nature of the characters. I especially enjoyed the subtle way he worked in the familiar themes into unfamiliar plot twists. Character development and relationship development were well done, especially as we get to see a more mature version of the storybook characters we grew up with.

The only reason I gave this four stars was because of some minor editing issues and style choices. With that said, they d
Aug 25, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I enjoy clever and this book was clever. The nursery rhyme/fairytale characters of our childhoods have grown-up and become embroiled in some dark, adult intrigue. Cinderella is now an evil witch/queen who had an affair and tries to kill her Prince. Snow White commands a rebel army of dwarves against the Queen. Someone named Goldenhair can talk to three bears and other forest creatures. A portal to Wonderland has been breached and a war between worlds is about to break out. Poor Queen Alice is on ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Jenne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2015
This wasn't for me. The concept was cool and normally it's something that would spark my interest (I like twisted tales). I just couldn't find myself caring about the characters or the story.
DNF @ 29%
Matt Schiariti
Jan 03, 2013 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All is not happy in Marchenton. Ciderella, known now as Queen Cinder, rules with a malevolent and dark fist. When her husband, Prince Charming, left to wage battle against the Giants during what would become the Beanstalk War, she was swayed from the sweet and innocent person she once was into a cruel and scheming dictator by her evil step mother. There looks to be no Happily Ever After in Marchenton...until a young castle servant named Patience enters the picture. Patience holds the shards of C ...more
ABR's full Queen Cinder audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Shards of the glass slipper is the first book of a series with the same name, its written by Roy A. Mauritsen self ublished in March 24th 2015, its narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris (with sixteen hours and thirty two minutes).

This novel is fantasy, magic, and adventures (some will consider it to be a dystopian novel).

This novel is about a resistance movement including fairy tales heroes such as: Golde
Kimberly Vanderbloom
All I can is wow. I was super impressed with this book. I loved the storyline and the characters. It was an intense ride that is for sure. I got the opportunity to listen to the audio book and it was a completely unique experience. I heard a clip on Facebook and I knew I had to get it. It was enhanced with music and sound effects. For the first time ever I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. It is going to be difficult to listen to any other audible books because none can compare to thi ...more
Andrew Weston
Apr 19, 2016 Andrew Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely get the chance to simply sit down and read for fun, and when I do, I like a story that's smooth on the eye and easy to follow. In Shards of the Glass Slipper, I found exactly that. Now, I will admit I approached the subject with a little trepidation. While I enjoy the fairy-tale classics, I've been turned off in recent years by a well-known, ongoing TV series based on a "similar" premise of mixing such characters together. And I can't stand it. However, if that series had been based on ...more
Matt Kelland
Sep 10, 2012 Matt Kelland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Retold fairy tales seem to be much in vogue these days: there's the fantastic comic series Fables: Legends in Exile, on TV we've had Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and in the movies we've had two different Snow Whites this year alone. This is one of the many recent books designed to appeal to people who liked those. Its main gimmick - in common with several of the above - is to put all the different fairytale characters into one world, then weave a big cataclysmic story involving all of them, each ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Darin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer - I'm a good friend of Roy's, so take what I say with a grain of salt. That being said, Shards of the Glass Slipper is clearly a love letter from Roy to The Brothers Grimm and Lewis Carroll. The characters are simultaneously new and familiar, and I think many will enjoy that. There are many great parts to the book, but nothing got to me quite like the incorporation of the zany made up Lewis Carroll words from Jabberwocky during our heroes' altercation with said creature. Quite the int ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Audree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was an awesome book! Loved the characters and all the twists off the original stories and fairy tales; glad the author did his homework on the originals as well. I smiled whenever I recognized another character that was spun into the plot and I thought it was awesome that Cinderella was the evil queen. Also, I wouldn't just recommend this story to girls because it also had many detailed fighting and action scenes and wasn't all lovey-dovey which I also appreciated. Can't wait for the next i ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Grimm than the 20th century incarnations, these versions of the fairy tale characters flow together very nicely with a few odd twists, most of which are enjoyable. (A couple of quibbles, but they work in the story.) I don't want to give anything away -- I'd rather let the characters reveal themselves as the story progresses, even if you think you know who's coming next.

My only complaint was that the subplot was actually the build-up to the sequel, which I now have to find. (Like I wasn't g
Jul 17, 2012 Silversnow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a cliffhanger!!
why why why??
I think I just died :(

Yhis is one of the most cleverly written books i have ever read.
I loved the way roy incorporated every single character of different fairy tales and still their identities were preserved.
We saw many of them in entirely new light even when their back-stories were not changed.

The best thing was awesome art work ...i just can't keep goldenhair and her lovable bears out of my mind. i was bawling my eyes out when niko died.
Mar 09, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing
Awesome twist on fairy tale lore

An unexpected gem of a book where all your favorite fairy tale characters are thrust together in a time of turmoil and war. Who turns evil, who remains good,and who is a new unsuspected hero. Really loved this one. Now to read the next in the series. ;)
Edward III
Nov 10, 2012 Edward III rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome new take on fairy tales I thought I knew very well. Mauritsen manages to breathe life into some VERY old characters. I found this book to be fun, well written, and very entertaining. Highly recommended.
Jul 20, 2012 Chryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love,love,love this book!!I am anxiously waiting his next books! I know they will be as great as this! your favorite faerie tales for grown ups! I love how some peoples mind work! wish I could be this creative! If I was able I would give Roy A. Mauritsen a rating of 10!!
Patrick Thomas
Jul 10, 2012 Patrick Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy for review and loved it. I describe it as The Brothers Grim meets The Lord of The Rings. If you like epic fantasy or fairy tales then this is the book for you.
Tammy Hall
Jun 02, 2012 Tammy Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say I love my fairy tales! This one however, is not told by Disney and has twists and turns you will never see coming!
May 13, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. Imagine every fairytale you have read and more coming together in one fantastic book.
Jun 11, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
A great read! It was a cleaver book that incorporated many fairy tales uniquely. Loved it!
Oct 11, 2013 Eero rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On second thought, although I did not finish the book, it is still better to rate it one star than leave it unrated, because the Goodreads software keeps recommending me stuff based on it, on the erroneous assumption of gratitude. The prose did not meet my requirements of coherence and polish. The beginning was promising, but along the way the language started to feel sloppy or awkward. I may have judged the book too soon, but with so many books to choose from I have become a little more sensiti ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually love re-tellings of fairy tales, and had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, a choppy plotline and clunky writing firmly puts this book into the 'meh' category. I feel like this book could have been much improved upon with a good editor.

In regards to the plot, this maybe would have felt fresh and interesting 5 years ago. But a lot of it resonates too closely with other current hit fairy tale media, mostly with the fantastic Fables comic series. As a result, I really couldn't get
Jan 22, 2015 Nancie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this first book of the series. I liked having all the well known fairy tales along with the not so well known ones all together in one story. I also love all things Wonderland so I'm really excited to have that thrown in as well. It has great plot and storyline, but I thought it dragged in some places and the style of writing seems slightly immature at times. It could also use a bit of editing. Overall it's a very fun read.
T.W. Brown
Try as I might, this book just did not excite me. The cover is wonderful, but there was simply no enough here that felt new, fun, or exciting. Perhaps if I had read this book four years ago, it would have been more interesting. however, there has simply been a deluge of Grimm stories expanded and re-worked and this one did not stand out for me.
The Fairy Godmother
Based on Cinderella and multiple fairytales.
Kate rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2013
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It was bound to happen, with pictures being worth what they are in words, that a successful creative artist would eventually entertain the idea of writing a novel. Roy's interests were somewhat atypical as a child. Aside from art and science, there were books and movies--science fiction and fantasy themed--and also role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, and a love of fairy tales that star
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