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Before the Fairytale: The Girl With No Name (Seventh Night)

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Banished from her village, a young shape shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world...

The first of four "Before the Fairytale" stories, "The Girl With No Name" is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavor of an original Grimm's fable, but don't expect your typical once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale humorously interw
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Published May 30th 2013 by Amoeba Ink (first published May 29th 2013)
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Pauline Ross
This short book is a delight from start to finish. It’s written in traditional fairytale style, beginning with ‘Once upon a time...’, with a charming simplicity which hides a great deal under the surface. The heroine of the story, who never has a name throughout the book, is a shapeshifter and magic-user, in a land which doesn’t understand or respect magic. Orphaned and raised by a kindly old man, she is forced to leave her home village when he dies, and sets off to find her place in the world. ...more
Elien
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, ya-books
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The Girl With No Name was quiet an interesting read. A young girl that never knew her real parents, ushered out of her village by everyone thanks to her shape shifting abilities.

The book began like every fairytale style, with ‘Once upon a time…’. The main character of this book really is the Girl With No Name, since her parents never were in the picture she never received a name. She’s a shape shifter and magic-user and that’s hard in a land that doesn’t u
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Angie
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: "Banished from her village, a young shape shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world...

The first of four "Before the Fairytale" stories, "The Girl With No Name" is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavor of an original Grimm's fable, but don't expect your typical once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale humorously interwoven with social commentary."


My Review: So when the author requested I review this book, I wasn't so sure, the cov
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Randall
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely enchanted by this book, It is a small book and reads quickly. Iscah's style of writing is crisp and clear. I picked this book up as part of a Kickstarter. It is a prequel to the author's Seventh Night. I doubted it would be a book I would ever read as I assumed it was a fairy tale type story written for the young adult crowd and it could certainly be read and enjoyed by that audience. But once I opened it, it was almost impossible for me to put it down. It had definitely made me ...more
Bret James Stewart
Seventh Night: Before the Fairtytale: The Girl With no Name by Iscah is a lovely book. This is one of the prequels to Seventh Night, but you don’t need to have read that book to enjoy this one. I have written a review of Seventh Night which is available here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1192315213?book_show_action=false.

First off, the book is well-done. The cover art is great. Interior art along the pages adds a touch of class. Further, the texture of the book is noticeably pleasant. T
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Sandra Lopez
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
If you had the ability to transform into anything, what would it be? This is the fate of the girl with no name, a shape-shifter.


While the townspeople seemed frighten by the child that can turn into cats and cooking pots, her keeper is the one that comes to her defense and stays by her side until his death, which forces her to flee the town.


Gourlin was an interesting place; I like how it had a policy of teaching kids to read –now, that’s my kind of country! One thing that was irksome was that t
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Jessica Bronder
A young girl learns that she is a shape shifter and can use magic. Since she had no parents she was never given a name. But she did have a caregiver that did his best to raise her with what he had. But upon his death the villagers learn about her secret and banish her.

The girl goes on a variety of adventures throughout her travels. She meets all kinds of people and has many adventures. She also learns many things from magic, her family, and most of all what people want and what they are will to
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Cathi Shaw
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. When I first started the book, I was skeptical as to how I would like it. The tone was old fashioned, much like a fairytale, which was the point as I soon discovered! And the main character has no name, which I thought would be awkward. However I was pleasantly surprised.

I wasn't two pages into the book before I was enthralled by it. This is a wonderful tale, beautifully told. The main character, while nameless, is endearing.
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Hemantkumar Jain
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very interesting story ...

Through the story, Iscah gives a worldly view to the young readers. The plot and story are not remarkable, but the journey is indeed something i would ask the young ones to read.

Iscah shows the value of knowledge and earning your living. Even a magician or sorceress needs to earn her living while she could easily do magic and live off comfortably.

Iscah shows the 'role' and 'job' of the king ... almost making it sound like the role of a Manager .. to ensure that the
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Rebecca Russell
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found "Before the Fairytale" enchanting and enthralling. I'm a pretty picky reader and mostly stick to MG and YA Fantasy. I also am dubious of some Indie books since so many have grammatical and typographic errors. So to say I was delighted to find this story well-written, well-edited and thoroughly enjoyable is a complete surprise. The Girl with No Name is a delightful, engaging character and I loved the adventures. The story flowed perfectly from one adventure to the next and her interaction ...more
Lizzy Lessard
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg, fantasy, short-story
Considering that the main character has no name, I was very attached to her story. With the distant narrative, more telling than showing, and clean storyline – the story fits well in the MG age range. I feel that the author could of extended the story easily by another 50 pages by adding more descriptions and more character development. However, it is a very solid story. By 80% through the book, I was worried that the book would end in a cliffhanger because there was so much more left to be reso ...more
Jennifer Sterling
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Found this book at comic-con, Iscah was there promoting her books. I have to say, one of the best books I have read in awhile. He writing style is easy to read, yet keeps you interested throughout the entire book. After enjoying this book so much, I am going to read other books written by her as well.
Dee Dodgson
Although this is a pleasant enough story, and has it's good points, I found it had too much narration and not enough dialogue.
I would read it again and I would consider reading any further books by Iscah.
Suanne Laqueur
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-five-stars
A quiet, charming and smart little story that can stand all by itself, but it's made me want to read more by Iscah and more about these characters. I like knowing they're there for me to return to.
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