Snow White And Rose Red (Fairy Tale)
Snow White and Rose Red live on the edge of the forest that conceals the elusive border of Faerie. They know enough about Faerie lands and mortal magic to be concerned when they find two human sorcerers setting spells near the border. And when the kindly, intelligent black bear wanders into their cottage some months later, they realize the connection between his plight and...more
Being a retelling of the fairy tale of the same name. Note that the original German name is not even the same one as Snow White -- they are in different dialects.
The tale itself takes place in Elizabethan England, where Widow Arden and her daughters Blanche and Rosamund live and gather herbs in the woods. Rosamund meets a peddler, who goes to meet his brother in Faerie -- John and Hugh are the sons of Thomas the Rhymer and the Fairy Queen. The queen is not pleased with the way John wanders in an...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
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
Patricia Wrede approaches Snow White and Rose Red with an interesting twist on the story. Each chapter begins with a portion of the original tale, but rather than the story being disjointed and hard to understand, she smooths it out and provides a very coh...more
Snow White and Rose Red was a fun read. It stayed very true to t...more
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
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
The story is mainly about Rosamund (Rose Red) and Blanche (Snow White) who live with their mother at the edge of the forest that borders the Fairie realm. While the family makes their living off the herbs and plants they collect from the outer fairie territory, they've never offically met a fey creature and their mother intends to keep it that way. That is until a spell cast by...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
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.
Even though the setting took place in Elizabethan England, the phrasing "it likes me not" became distracting for me each time it was used...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
I. loved the Grimm's story of Snow White and Rose Red, and always thought it sad that Snow White was known for someone else's story (Snowdrop was the Grimm's name for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) so I was rather exited when I saw Patricia Wrede had done a retelling. I enjoy her Enchanted Forest novels, and as a story I enjoyed this novel as well. However, I never felt a connection with the characters or felt they had any real character arcs. I appreciate that being set in Elizabethan Eng...more
Would have given it a 5 except for one part. For some reason unfathomable Wrede inserted a lame character, Joan Bowes, who seems like she's going to be pivotal (she asks in a lewd manner for the widow lady to make her a love...more
Cover--Yea or Nay: Despite the fact it's a photograph, I do actually like it. It's pretty, and definitely promotes the fact that this is a fairy tale re-telling.
Characters: Blanche and Rosamond (Snow W...more
My biggest problem with this book was that the writing was a little awkward. Wrede worked very hard at El...more
I enjoy fairy tale retellings. I particularly like how the author added excerpts of the traditional telling of the tale at the beginning of each chapter. However, I didn't find the story itself very exciting. There wasn't a climactic moment, and I didn't wonder what was going to happen next. It wasn't one of those books you can't put down.
I found the old English dialogue distracting. If the entire b...more
Not too many of us know the fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, the sisters who care for a talking bear, only to find out he's an ensorceled prince... who has a brother. =) From the first few...more