The Seventh Bride
Young Rhea is a miller’s daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don’t turn down lords—no matter how sinister they may seem—Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.
Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arriva...more
Not a fairytale I was very familiar with, but I knew the basics: wealthy, lord(-like) guy marries a pretty, young thing and takes her home. He immediately has to leave (b/c reasons). She has freedom to explore the many rooms of her new residence, but she is expressly forbidden to enter ONE of them. Curiosity overwhelms her, and she finds a way into the room, where she discovers . . . the bodies of all his previous wives.
THE SEVENTH BRIDE is an interesti ...more
She is happy and has pretty decent parents so she is disappointed when she finds out that she has been spoken for by a nobleman. Peasants pretty much can't tell a noble no so she knows she is pretty much stuck with the guy.
One of the less well-known folk tales, Bluebeard, the tale of the aristocrat who has married several wives who have ominously disappeared, is dusted off and adapted by T. Kingfisher in The Seventh Bride, a middle grade/young adult fantasy. (Note: Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon, the Nebula award-winning author of Jackalope Wives who I'm a fangirl of.) Rhea, a fifteen year old miller’s daughter, is unhappily and unwillingly engaged to Lo ...more
The Seventh Bride is the tale of a fifteen-year-old girl who gets betrothed to a noble, much to her dismay. When she is finally required to go to his house, she meets three other women who are somewhat reluctant to share their stories. It doesn't take long before the girl makes up her mind that this is not a place she wants to stay.
Mind you; this isn't entirely a feminist tale. Or ...more
(No, wait, haven't read Jackalope Wives yet. So I do have something saved for a rainy day, good.)
And boy am I glad that I did! This book is GREAT!
It's an original fairytale, in th ...more
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Bluebeard's Castle is one of my favorite fairy tales because it's so dark, and has so many possibilities when it comes to retellings. When I saw THE SEVENTH BRIDE pop up for sale on Kindle, I snagged it the instant I recognized it for what it was without even reading the reviews for it. That's a big risk, I know, and sometimes it comes back to bite me in the rear, but in this particular instance, THE SEVENTH BRIDE was totally worth it.
I ended up enjoying this book a lot. It had so much going for it and I loved the fairy tale quality that I found throughout the novel. I will admit that I was first drawn to this book simply because of the cover. Isn't the cover artwork great? After reading the description, I decided to go ahead and give this one a try and ended up being completely captivated by the story. As good as the cover artwork is, the story is even better.
I have heard ...more
The person reading the story made the main character, who is 15 and being married off, sound like a whiny little 12 year old girl. So it changed my perception of the entire story. Everything came out s ...more
First, Cover Love.
The concept is an intriguing take on Bluebeard and his wives trope. A beautiful woman (15 yr old girl in this case) forced into marriage gets to see the horrors that await her when she explores his home, meets surviving wives and discovers some of them are dead. Sign me up for a unique story such as that – unfortunately, despite the allure drawing me, I struggled ma ...more
I loved this! It was a little more frightening than I expected, but it was more sad horror than really gruesome, and Rhea's pragmatic outlook made up for the scariness. Still, I'm glad I didn't read this when I was a kid or a teen -- I wouldn't have slept for weeks. As an adult, it bothered me less, and the humorous touches went a long way in making the story bearable.
Romance-haters, this is the book for you! There's not a bit of romance anywhere in the whole story.
Real review to come tomorrow ...more
This is the story of a fifteen year old miller's daughter that is proposed to b ...more
A retelling of Bluebeard? Yay to both!
•The magical hedgehog! I swear the moment the main character met the hedgehog, I felt like this retelling also included a little of Alice in Wonderland.
•Magic. The interesting ways that magic held a place in this story was intriguing.
•When the main character is told she has to marry a noble, her reaction is understandable, her relatives' are not. They let her go walk a path that could be dangerous alone to a guy who i ...more
Another day, another retelling. This one vaguely based on the Bluebeard tale...
It has a miller's daughter as the main character and a resourceful hedgehog as the cute sidekick.
Thing is, despite my attempt at lightness, this story couldn't be further away from it.
The writing may feel a little too plain at times _ for which reason I took a star from the final rating _ and the character may feel a little too young, but once again _ read my review of Bryony and Roses _ I feel that this book sho ...more
The story itself, aside from the hedgehogs, is a nice reimagining of a Bluebeard fairytale — bu ...more
The fairy tale r ...more
Its in the "Read now" category :)
Rhea the millers daughter is if not happy with her life at least content. Even if she has to fish out the occassional mangled gremlin or the ongoing feud she has with a sandwich stealing swan. But her predictable life changed whenher parents tell her that a certain Lord Crevan wants to marry her and seem to think this is great news.
Rhea knew she would be getting ma ...more
Kingfisher is proving to be one of my favourite authors. Everything she writes seems to be to my taste - as is indeed this version of the Bluebeard fairytale. You’d think the focus would be on the man himself, and you would be wrong. The narra ...more
15-year-old Rhea, the miller's daughter, has been made an offer that she (or more accurately, her family) can't afford to refuse: marriage to Lord Crevan, a mysterious widower whom no one seems t ...more
It was great! :D
It was really creepy and it had a lot of magic, it was fantastic how T. narrates all the scary scenes! :)
The thing I loved the most about this book is that no matter how bad or dangerous the things were Rhea always had a sarcastic or funny comment to do and it made the book a lot better in my opinion <3
The only thing that I didn't enjoy too much was the ending, I think it could have been a lot more that what ...more
This was so darkly creeping and intriguing. Magic, a terrifying villain and a loveable protagonist. I'm not sure what age this is aimed at - it can be quite simple, but also seems a bit scary for MG age. Maybe it's like Coraline, that scares adults more than it does kids? Either way, I enjoyed it.
The main character is realistic in that she is a scared 15 year old, but she is determined to do the best she can to try to survive and, failing that, sacrifice herself to save her family. Her family isn't dysfunctional. They are loving and imperfect, but real and try to do the best they can for each other.
The setting is a magica ...more
The protagonist, fifteen-year-old Rhea, is a miller’s daughter. She is sensible, capable, and kind. When Lord Craven proposes to marry her, she is sure something is wrong. Lords don’t marry millers’ daughters, but ...more
This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups.
When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies ...more