This was an interesting short story. Princess Mede is offered up as a virginal sacrifice, to keep the poison tide away that kills the land. When a pri...moreThis was an interesting short story. Princess Mede is offered up as a virginal sacrifice, to keep the poison tide away that kills the land. When a princess is sacrificed, the poison tide doesn’t come. But it’s merely a symbolic sacrifice. When the tide comes, the princess gets in a boat that the king sets off to sea, she lands on a shore, and then sails back in time for tea. But when Mede gets to this shore, she finds death there, and a dead, rotting boy, who tells her the story of the tides, and how they can be stopped.
I liked this story well enough. It was a nice little, zombie, romance tale. It was intriguing and strange, but short. There wasn’t a lot of explanation of things. It‘d be nice to see it turn into a novel. It could be really good if given the room to flourish and form a more complex plot with more voice and emotion. But, as a short story, it was nice. (less)
The Merchant’s Daughter gave me the same feeling as did The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie’s stories of love and Christianity are beautiful in their sim...moreThe Merchant’s Daughter gave me the same feeling as did The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie’s stories of love and Christianity are beautiful in their simplicity that manages to sing out with perfect love. Love of Christ that urges the characters to strive to live and better their lives and help others, and the love between the two main characters that make me smile and sigh and ache for them to be together, to love completely with no hindrances. I realize this book, as a Christian story, will not appeal to many readers, but as a Christian myself, I delight in stories like these. That are full of soul and love and are clean.
I’ll admit I didn’t read this book for the outstanding plot, or the brilliant execution thereof. The plot is a little weak, some of it I didn’t quite care for, some scenes could have been elongated, shown more emotion, or just dismissed. But it was the characters that livened up the story, that gave me the desire to read to the end and see their happily ever after. And the romance. I love a good love story, and this one was beautiful, so sweet and romantic and fun. It had me smiling, and had my heart aching for Ranulf and Annabel and for their blooming love that had a hard time fully manifesting.
This tale is based on Beauty and the Beast, and reminded me slightly of Heart's Blood, (which is an incredibly brilliant novel that you should read.) Fairytale’s are one of my favorite kinds of stories, and this rendition was most beautiful. Ranulf made a great beast, scarred and misshapen with a sad past and a cold, angry demeanor. Annabel was a strong heroine who was sweet, shy at times, but not afraid to love that which most people fear.
The ending was a little rushed. It certainly could have used more substance (even so, it still had my heart dancing at their romance). But all in all a beautiful end to a wonderful book. I believe anything Melanie writes, I will wholeheartedly love.
This arc was provided by the publisher via Netgalley. (less)