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The Beauty Thief

(Chronicles of the Twelve Realms #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Magic is long dead in the Twelve Realms. At least this is what most believed until an innocent young woman becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing the only thing that sustains his life: true beauty.

Princess Caityn is more than a pretty face. Her beauty runs soul deep, and because of this, her life is priceless to the thief. On the eve of her wedding to t
Paperback, 346 pages
Published March 20th 2015 by RR Publishing
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Rachael Ritchey The Beauty Thief is told in third person past tense and from multiple character points of view. The majority of the story focuses on the world from Ca…moreThe Beauty Thief is told in third person past tense and from multiple character points of view. The majority of the story focuses on the world from Caityn and Theiandar's perspectives, but there are a couple minor characters' as well as bad guys' thrown in for good measure. :) (less)

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Job Merkel
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone!
The Beauty Thief by Rachael Ritchey took me someplace new from the very first page. Her world, the Twelve Realms, possessed a mysterious feel to it that left me wanting more, not because Ritchey left anything out, but because I rarely see these places described with such intimacy.

I felt enthralled by this new world and the colorful characters found within. The Beauty Thief (the character) was an amorphous, dark abyss to me, and I believe that made him even more of a captivating villain. Theiand
Kelli Sprowls
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a giveaway in the First Reads program and must admit how happy I am that I entered. Firstly, I was both excited and nervous when I saw that it was "book one" in the Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, just because sometimes first books in a series don't stand well on their own or don't finish a story because they're just setting up the rest of the series. I'm very happy that this was a good exception because it BOTH told a complete story with a finish, and introduced us to ...more
Elizabeth Rawls
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I give 4/4.5 stars out of 5

This is a lovely book and an enjoyable read. A new fairytale classic. It begins a little slow, depending on what you consider slow (everyone is different) and peaceful, where everything seems wonderful and a dream come true for Princess Caityn. But the peace doesn’t last long. The Princess is attacked one fateful evening, as the person known as the Beauty Thief steals away what is most precious to her: her inner beauty. And since that moment, she becomes an empty shell
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Want a story that shares the true meaning of beauty? Look no further.

Princess Caityn is beautiful--inside and out. Unfortunately for her, there is a being, a beauty thief, that has his sights set on her. Her depth of beauty will sustain his life for many more years to come.

The thief succeeds in capturing her beauty in an amulet, leaving her ugly and heartless. But her betrothed, high prince of the realm, made her a promise he won't break. He intends to keep his promises to her and will stop at n
Claire Banschbach
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really intriguing story with a fairy tale feeling. The characters were all interesting and had different personalities.

I liked the plot. It was very original and refreshing. It moved along very quickly and had several twists. Best suited I think for younger girls, but still enjoyable as an adult.

Recommended for anyone who likes adventure, romance, and fairy tale stories. :)
Review also available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.

I really wanted to like this. It had characters in royal/leadership positions who were actually decent people. The main character Princess Caityn and her brother Prince Adair were raised with the philosophy that though they were royal, their duty was to serve their country, and though the people of the kingdom might be their subjects, they would never be subjected to corrupt rule. Caityn often visits and comforts widows in addition
Jaye Marie
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was the amazing cover, created by the author herself, that compelled me to read The Beauty Thief, a modern, yet classical fairy-tale with a nasty twist.
This is the authors first novel and intelligently written. It soon grabbed me by the back of my neck as the tension develops.
Although it has a typical beginning for a fairy tale, a handsome prince and princess, the story builds into a fascinating yet disturbingly dark world.
Such is the quality of the writing and the spell cast by the character
Lizzy Baldwin
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I must admit from the very first page I felt a sense of warmth rise from the pages of this book, it has a real sense of wit and humour created mainly through the beautiful understanding and creation of Caityns character. She’s blunt, honest, witty and a genuinely true character. This is brilliantly contrasted with the turnaround of Caityn’s character after the change; she has an empty soul and the author devises this wonderfully, it feels bare and naked and you can’t help but feel for the main c ...more
Dan Absalonson
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful fairy tale. It was really fun to sink into a world of princes and kings and castles and princesses. I think a lot of young readers of fantasy will love this book. The story starts off as a perfect fairy tale but then something goes very wrong.

It was great to go along the journey with the characters as they deal with the horrible crime that happened to the princess having her beauty stolen. The heroes go on a quest to get her beauty back. I thought it was really cool the way
Rosie Amber
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Beauty Thief is a YA fantasy most suited for young readers of this genre with its fairy tale style storyline and dialogue to fit. Caityn is a Princess of Taisce a Kingdom which is just one of twelve in the realm. At just 18 years old she is about to marry Prince Theiandar when a dark entity steals her beauty. She awakes as an old grey haired, wrinkled hag, her outer beauty has been stolen and her inner beauty too. She is no longer caring, loving and compassionate, instead she is cold, angry ...more
Aurelia Casey
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this book. Reading it was like going to the ballet to see Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty. It’s definitely a story I would read to my children, alongside the classic fairy tales (Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and others).

Caityn is someone I think most of us can relate to. I think we all feel the way she does at some point in our lives. Her struggle to overcome her lack of inner beauty closely mirrored my own struggle to find meaning in my own life.

Thieander is a classic honorable, chivalr
M.J. Mallon
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Beauty Thief. It ticked all the boxes for me - a curse, a fairy tale feel to the narrative and a great villain! I appreciated the reflective, thoughtful aspect to the novel - how beauty is more than skin deep - that there is a beauty within the soul that one can't see but this unique essence makes the person beautiful.

I would say the strongest character was the Beauty Thief himself. He might be diminutive in size but don't let that fool you. He has an ugly soul! My only slig
I wanted to like this so very much, but in the end, I just didn't. I started out thinking the story was overly cheesy, but that improved a bit once the plot started moving forward. This felt like a fairy tale and while I do like fairy tales, it was so much rooted in the genre that it all felt so predictable, so obvious. The characters all felt rather shallow, with little to separate them from each other. They all loved the princess a lot. That's all we get. The only character that is different i ...more
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Joy Rancatore
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Beauty Thief by Rachael Ritchey spins the tale of Princess Caityn, a deeply gorgeous young woman both inside and out. Just before her wedding, the princess has both types of beauty stolen from her. Can her prince remember his love for her despite the deep changes? Can they find a way to retrieve the beauty that matters most ... before it's too late?

This YA fantasy book is the first in a trilogy of good, clean, well-told tales of magic and adventure, love and life. I would recommend this to a
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Beauty Thief is a middlegrade and YA fantasy novel that is very much like a fairytale.

The beautiful Princess Caityn is robbed — not of gold or jewel, but of her beauty, both inside and out.

I enjoyed The Beauty Thief very much. One of the first things I remember about it was the writing. It was simple, making it appropriate for younger readers.

The second thing I remember most was the concept of beauty. Caityn had her beauty stolen, but it wasn’t just her external beauty but her internal beau
I didn't make it far in this one. The characters were just too stereotyped for my taste. It's gotten great reviews, so I may try to re-visit it down the line. ...more
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I really enjoyed this book. It is like a fairytale, it took me back to the innocence of my youth, and that makes me smile even thinking of it.

It is the tale of a Princess, Caityn, who has her beauty stolen by a thief, the Beauty Thief. Theiander, the man whom she is due to marry, risks everything to right this wrong, to restore Caityn's inner and outer beauty.

I was pleased that Caityn's inner beauty was given the most prominence, it was seen as the most important thing. Her outer beauty is wor
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A Christian, wife, mom, writer, and book designer, Rachael focuses most of her energy on YA fantasy fiction (Check out Chronicles of the Twelve Realms), but you can find her dabbling in science fiction and contemporary genres too.

She has a passion for beautiful books, so book cover and interior design are high on her list of enjoyable hobbies.

She's boring and would rather talk about you and what

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