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Ten Fingers Touching: A Tale of True Love, Mystery and Adventure

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil's sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers - Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil's desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Getting to the Point, Inc.
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good story book. Obviously for adult reading but I read it to my son at bedtime and he didn't know the difference. ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
A modern-day fairy tale, but one that hews close to traditional roles for men and women. If you've ever imagined yourself being a fair maiden rescued by a dashing young man, this may appeal to you. However, if your preference is more along the lines of hearing the lay of the princess rescuing a beautiful dragon from a ravenous prince, look elsewhere. ...more
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"Deeper meaning resides in the fairy-tales told in [...] childhood [more] than in any truth that is taught in life."

Regrettably, the big-screen renditions of many children's classics are replacing that shared mythology of old-school folktales with animated versions rich in special effects and dazzling scenography, but lacking in complexity and moral lessons. Whenever possible, make sure your kids' first gateway to fanta
Jenny Q
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been loving the trend these days of re-imagined fairy tales, and so I was drawn to Ten Fingers Touching. But rather than a re-imagining, this is a classic-style, original tale of the battle between Good versus Evil and the mortals that are drawn into the conflict.

The story is simple and told in the manner of a fairy tale, which doesn't allow for much by way of character development, but there were a couple of surprises at the end. The story was darker than I expected, and it was racier too,
Great book to read if you're into traditional gender roles, cliches, and more telling than showing. The romance was lame and cliched within an inch of it's life. The good vs evil sections were better written though still left something wanting. Good is a woman, which is great, but the rest of the book is about how Marianna raises and tutors a princess and is known mostly for her radiance while Martak is the forest controlling hero who uses his love of Marianna to beat Evil. There's even a part w ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a unique twist on a faire tale. Ten Fingers Touching is a more grown up version of a fairy tale. More geared towards women. It focuses on Marianna and Martak. A young couple that against odds, shows that true love does exist and happy endings can come true. There is no big scary moments, despite Martak encountering a three headed sea serpent. The chapters are short and not clustered with lots of wording. Sometimes simple is best. Which is what the author did and what I really enjoyed abo ...more
Sarah Shaffer
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautiful tale of love and good triumphing over evil! So happy for my friend, Ellen Roth, upon the launch of her book! You can definitely tell that this work of art was a labor of true love!
Laurel McHargue
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was delightfully surprised by the beauty of the prose and the complexity of the characters in this fairy tale. With hints of Homer's Odyssey, the story's hero must face challenges to rescue not one maiden, but two, and despite his helpful forest creatures, his burden is a solitary one. Roth doesn't shy away from the darker, lustful elements of human nature, but she presents them tactfully, adding depth and credibility to the plight of her heroine. The relationship surprises are wonderful, and ...more
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
A delightfully traditional, perfectly illustrated fairytale. Love and innocence win! And how could it not since they had a black and gold ship? Steeler Nation! If you are longing for the fairytales we used to read in our youth, here is a new one.
This is a very sweet, romantic tale, an enjoyable getaway in illustrated storybook form for teens or adults. While it has a familiar old-fashioned feel to the storytelling, there’s a unique mystery to the true identities of these fable-worthy characters.
Zachary Flye
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars


Protagonist: So while both Marianna and Martak both play a role in this story, in the end it's really a lot more about Martak, which is why I've chosen to only focus on him. Martak is a strong, courageous, and very moral hero, but that's about it. He was raised in the forest and learned to not only communicate with the animals there but gain their trust. There wasn't really any development for Martak, sure we learned more about who he is and the circumstances that
Patti TheLoveJunkee
PJV Quickie: Ten Fingers Touching is a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations on several pages that bring the story to life. Unfortunately, the pictures were my favorite part of the book; the story was nice but didn’t keep my attention and I ended up putting this book down several times before I finished.

The story begins with Good and Evil making a bet that would end with Evil’s banishment from the Kingdom:

If virtue exists, then nothing can come between two virgin lovers’ desire for
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, pictorial
I didn't really enjoy this book, which is a shame because from the description it really sounded like something I would like. I was expecting more of a Princess Bride/ Neil Gaiman style fairytale. Not exactly in their style, for example it does not have to be funny or satirical, but more of a fable. The major problem with this book is that the writing reads more like a romance novel than the fairytale the author is trying to emulate. Often the prose is so po-faced and purple that it makes you la ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Ellen A. Roth has combined some easily recognizable elements of a fairy tale with a bit of mystery and romance to create this story. Beautifully illustrated by John Blumen, the hardcover title I received is slim and glossy, with a feel of a children’s classic title.

In this battle of good versus evil, Roth has tilted the title to female readers who want their tales with a traditional feel: women in need of rescue, men forthright and heroic. Not a bad thing for a getaway read, with a guaranteed h
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
I was fully absorbed in this story, the rest of the world falling away while I lost myself in its pages. Roth’s elegant prose melds perfectly with the eloquently told tale. The characters are loveable. They’re also believable and ideally suited to their roles in the story. This novel transcends all ages and will easily stand the test of time.

This book itself is beautifully put together. The layout reminds me of an illuminated manuscript, adding another layer of enchantment to the tale and givin
Freda Mans-Labianca
Lovely illustrations!
In the format of a middle grade book, this fairytale for adults takes you on a journey you won't expect.
The story was fun and I liked the unexpected twist. Martek is my favorite character, so strong and smart he is.
Martek and Marianna are so sweet. It was their story I wanted to read about.
The 'Good VS Evil' thing was just okay for me. Often I thought the story got out of sorts during those parts. Two focal points in one story when all I wanted was the romance.
Not the best f
Christy Uffelman
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read Ellen's book now - twice - and it is a beautifully-paced love story with GORGEOUS pictures.

My 13 year old daughter saw the image on the book jacket and asked me about it while I was reading. She wanted to know if I would read it aloud to her after I finished, so I did (with a smidgen of creative editing in a few parts!
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully illustrated. Vivid, poetic writing. A few too many metaphors/symbols in the sex scenes. A fairly simple plot that reminds me of a simplified Greek myth. A quick read. Very romantic.

Note: I received a free copy in exchange for my review. My full review will be available on the website Enchanted Conversation.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations and interesting story but some of the content is not appropriate for younger readers.
Michelle Bowles
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being this her first book of fiction, I cannot wait to see what other works she will put out. This was so beautiful both in her words and through the illustrations. I really enjoyed reading.
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Ten Fingers Touching is the first work of fiction and a true labor of love for Ellen A. Roth.

The genesis of Ten Fingers Touching has rested within Ellen for some time. As a child, she was enchanted by fairy tales and spent countless hours reading and dreaming.

Her creative impulses inspired her to major in art and art history at Goucher College where she received her BA. She devoted the early years

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