Snow White and Rose Red (The Fairy Tale Series)
Apparently this was one of her earliest works, and it shows. Set in Elizabethan England, the characters speak in the dialect of the time, and it usually comes off sounding stilted at best--especially against the not-Elizabethan descriptions of everything else, as well as occasional bursts of modern-day speech by the characters--and at the worst like something...more
Patricia Wrede is generally a fantastic writer, but this is quite a bit different from her usual work. The mix of a fairy tale and an Elizabethan historical fantasy are an interesting experiment that I think are even better than her usual genre.
For those who love the fairy tale in its traditional form, this is a fabulous gift, the ablility to find "another fairy tale". Most of us have exhausted the fairy tale genre and, sadly, there is only a set amount of authentic fairy tale out there. Snow...more
Rosamund and Blanche are the daughters of a poor widow in a small town in Elizabethan England; the three of them gather herbs from the woods to make remedies for the citizens of Mortlak. They are extremely careful when in the woods, for it contains the ever shifting border of faerie, a border they are wary of but cross ov...more
When I first read this book, I made the mistake of completely missing the point that this fairy tale was being placed in a pseu...more
Set in Elizabethan England, Snow White and Rose Red are sisters living near a small village near the Thames. Their mother is a wise woman who keeps a low profile to avoid any accusation of witchcraft. She and her daughters become entangled in Faerie matters...
In a bit of sorcery gone awry, Hugh the half mortal son of the Faerie Queen is robbed of his faerie essence and turned into a bear. Blanche, Rosamond and their mother along w...more
This book takes a bit of getting used to, because (unlike most recent fairy tale retellings) this book sticks largely to the fairy tale format and its place of time.
I normally can't stand anything like historical fiction. It sets my teeth on edge and I don't finish unless I have to, or if the plot is interesting enough, I just skip to the end so I don't have to deal with all of the various mistakes. The thing that always bothers me more than anything else is the language. I'm no philologist, bu...more
Yes, it fleshes out the story. Yes, her writing is neat and elegant. But there's no extra spark to the story to make it memorable.
McKinley remains the finest fairy tale re-teller out there.
Also it was a little meh.
In the land, there was something known as the Faerie land. They are not the typical run of the mill fairies. These faeries look like humans and are very powerful. They detest Mortals and wish to remain apart, but sadly the two princes of the Queen were half mortal and ther...more
At the beginning of the novel, I was a bit confused, simply because I didn’t know the basis of the story. This is where the book ac...more
At the beginning of the novel, I was a bit confused, simply because I didn’t know the basis of the story. This is where the book...more
It did have some points in its favor. I had read and enjoyed boo...more
Snow White and Rose Red was a fun read. It stayed very true to t...more
The story strings together the somewhat disjointed tale of Snow White and Rose Red originally transcribed by Herren Grimm and makes of it a cohesive whole, bringing to the under-publicized story an element of romance and witchcraft and faerie that really ought to...more