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Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy

(Villains #4)

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The tale is told as if it's happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess-a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Disney Press
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MissBecka
This series is awesome! I hope she writes more.

"Why must a young girl need a man to save her? Why can't a princess fight for her own life, break her own curse? Why must it always be a prince? "
Katie.dorny
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was the worst book in the series by far.

All the other Disney books detail the Villian’s book and humanises them, shows them compassion. This one did nothing of the sort.

Maleficient could have had a wonderful backstory - look at the film!

This was tragic and you just felt sorry for her the whole way though.

And the twist at the end was so unnecessary and I just felt that it didn’t really add anything to the story as it didn’t really make any sense compared to the dialogue.
Emerald Sue
I want to kill Prince Phillip on principle, just so we don’t have yet one more prince kissing some helpless sleeping girl, making her feel like she has to marry him out of gratitude.”
Alaina




YYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!



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Mandy Mcdonald
Although this one was the longest, had more interweaving stories in it, and at times left me a little confused, I still think it was my face so far. Maleficent has always been my favorite "villain" and I loved seeing her back story and what led to her ultimate demise. I still love her and this story. Looking fwd to more in this series!
Mariah Roze
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was more on the slower end. I felt that not much happened and it was mostly talking. This was probably my least favorite of the series so far. However, I still plan on finishing the series.


"The tale is told as if it's happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess-a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a
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Karly
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm torn about this book...Some parts are deserving of 5-stars, while others (including the ending) are only worth about 2-stars.

I loved the way this story tied together all three of the previous books in this series. I also love whenever the author pulls scenes exactly as they are from the original Disney movies (the best!!).

However, I didn't love how dragged out some scenes were..."ok, I get it, she is angry with her mother!!" And the ending was extremely anticlimactic considering all the
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Chibi Rikki
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Meegy
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing and sad story. Poor Maleficent.
Alejandro Camacho
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got my ARC today and from the moment I got this book in my hands I couldn’t stop reading till the end. Since I started reading the villains books saga, I’ve always knew Maleficent’s story was going to be crucial in many ways to the universe created by Serena Valentino. But I never imagined it to be so outstanding and amazing and I dare to say that till the date is by far the best book in all the saga. There is so much strong and powerful writing between the pages and I was literally shocked ...more
Betsy
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
There were many things I liked, but overall this story feels like something I'd read on fanfiction.net. The writing wasn't necessarily bad, but the book read like a Thomas Sanders' narration of people's lives vine. On repeat. While it set amusing imagery while reading the story, it didn't necessarily lend itself to enjoying this story as a drama (and not a comedy). I'm not sure what could have made it better, except maybe more dialogue and action and less redundant introspective monologues from ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Not terrible but I had been hoping to hear more about the wicked queen and not the Odd Sisters... I grew very tired of them.
Amy
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Convoluted. Unrelated. Boring.
Amélie Boucher
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: disney-books
Mistress of All Evil was probably my favorite in the series so far! Sleeping Beauty has never been one of my Disney favorites, but I absolutely loved the Maleficent movie with Angeline Jolie, so I have to admit that I was curious about this book.

I know Maleficent is meant to be a villain, but my heart cannot help but ache for her, especially after what she has been through. This story did a wonderful job at describing Maleficent and explaining how she became the villain we all know (and love).
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Brooke Coffell
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I dont know where to begin with my review, only because Mistress left me SPEACHLESS ! I'm keeping this short & sweet, only because I don't want any types of spoilers ! I'll start by saying, from the begninning of the story I felt so relatable to Maleficent. I had more in common with her story & her pain than any of the past villains. I loved the power she carried all through her journey & I feel like so many more people, other than myself will agree that at one point in their lives ...more
poot
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I like these retellings of classic fairytales/Disney tales. They tell the stories of the villains from another perspective. However, this one did not have a great flow nor was I a fan of the ending :(
Jay G
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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2.5/5 Stars

This is the origin story of Maleficent from The Sleeping Beauty.

I really wanted to like this book, as I am a huge Maleficent and Disney fan in general, but I was extremely let down by this one. Maybe if I had read the first 3 books in the series first I would have felt differently but I just wasn't invested in this story what so ever. I did still enjoy how the author kept
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Christopher
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had been looking forward to Serena Valentino's novel Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy for so long, not only because I very much enjoy her Disney Villains novels but also because Maleficent is my favorite of the Disney Villains. Mistress of All Evil is the fourth installment in Valentino's Disney Villains series, preceded by Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen, The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince, and Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch. While Fairest, ...more
RumBelle
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was not impressed by this book. Firstly, considering the title and cover, you would assume it was about Maleficent. I would say, for about maybe 40% of the book that was true. The other 60% was about the Odd Sisters, Circe, Snow White and the Fairy Godmother of Cinderella fame. That makes about 5 different plot lines, all woven into one book, and not woven very well I'm afraid. The book became convoluted and uninteresting very quickly.

Secondly, no one in this book was likeable! They were all
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Claire Birrell
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to see a different side to a well loved fairytale. I enjoyed how characters not just from Sleeping Beauty, but from other fairytales were woven into the story. I truly felt sorry for Maleficent. She was judged from the start on her looks and not her character. However, I still felt that her story could have been different if she'd chosen a different path, but sadly you can't change what has already been written in the stars.
Tammy ~Witching Hour Reads~
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: move-to-owned
Love Maleficent's story!
Stacey
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting take on Maleficent's story. Good read.
Celaena
Mistress of All Evil takes place directly after Unfortunate Souls. So if you're like me and haven't read Unfortunate Souls in some time, I highly recommend rereading at least that one to refresh yourself. Like the first 3 books in the series, Mistress of All Evil not only gives you an origin story of the well-known Disney villain, but unique to this series is that they are all tied together by the three Wicked Sisters.
Finally, we are given more back story to the sisters, why they act very much
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Joe Farrar
I did not like the ending to this book.
Manasi
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
it was fine but it wasn't my type.
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF at 149. I am not invested in the original characters, who at this point are the main characters of the novels. The first book really was the only one worth reading, imo.
Marcella Purnama
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Three and a half stars!

I think Serena Valentino redeems herself (to me) with this book, which is way better than the Beast’s or Ursula’s. I genuinely want to know what happens next with this book. There are some plot twists, and the stories start to make sense more (especially on Circe and the Odd Sisters). That being said, I feel like Maleficent is not given enough air time as well.

I like the fact that all books are tied together. After reading this book, I skimmed through the Beast’s story
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Blue
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think so far that this is my favourite in the Villains series... but there is a captain Hook one coming out so that might change my mind haha!
Aaron
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The adventures of the villains in the previous three books definitely come together with this book, which focuses on the life of the dark fairy Maleficent. Told in part as flashback and a peak into the current, readers learn about Maleficent's past as she grew up under the adopted care of Nanny, an extremely powerful fairy who was also comfortable working with the magic of witchcraft. Nanny truly believed the Maleficent could overcome the fact that everyone believes that Maleficent will grow up ...more
Caroline
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*applause* Well, I think that this is the kind of story that I have been waiting for in this series! Although I was not originally expecting all the stories to be tied together, this was phenomenal. I cannot wait for the next book: Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch.

Caution! Spoilers ahead!

Maleficent has been brought to Princess Tulip's castle, but so has Circe (for her sisters who are in the dream realm), the Fairy Godmother, the three fairies-Merryweather, Flora, and Fauna--and Snow
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Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her best selling Disney Villain Novels which have earned her critical acclaim for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female ...more

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“Practically every princess in peril has been saved by Love's First Kiss! For goodness' sake, between witches and fairies, can't we think of something more original? I'm weary of this. Why must a young girl need a man to save her? Why can't a princess fight for her own life, break her own curse? Why must it always be a prince? By Hades, I want to kill Prince Phillip on principle, just so we don't have yet one more prince kissing some helpless sleeping girl, making her feel like she has to marry him out of gratitude.” 8 likes
“She honestly didn’t know what was worse: living her life in the dream world, or living in a world where everyone lied to her.” 3 likes
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