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The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
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Mar 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 4

A twist on the story of Beauty and the Beast set in the early 1900s, scholar and recent orphan Rosalind Hawkins is offered a job by wealthy rail baron Jason Cameron: tutoring his two children in the classics. Throwing caution to the wind, she arrives in her new employer's home in San Francisco to find that the letter was a ruse: there are no children, Cameron himself is a reclusive invalid, and, other than Cameron's secretary Paul du Mond, no servents. Cameron brought her to his manor in order to read and translate occult documents for him, in the hope of finding a remedy for his mysterious condition. Through her studies she discovers that magic is a true force in the world and that Cameron is a great Fire Master who is stuck in the form of a half-wolf. As they work together and Rose begins her apprenticeship in magic, they fall in love. This is a book that I tend to re-read because I love re-tellings of fairy tales and because I love Beauty and the Beast stories. While I find it mildly contrived and I don't think it is super well-written, it is still engaging and entertaining.

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