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on May 23, 2012 :
The Wealding Word begins at a quick pace and rarely slows down. It’s a fairytale that is easily devoured and both young and old will enjoy. The magic starts almost immediately and you know that the story is just going to get better and better and it does. The story has everything a fairytale could ask for: witches, talking trees with magic acorns, the ability to make things grow immediately; and even things you wouldn’t expect such as being able to hear what the household pets are saying. That said, this is not the Rapunzel story you are used to. The majority of the story focuses on Nell, not Rapunzel, and there is no “let down your hair” story resemblance to the original tale. This is Rapunzel long after that happened and you get to see what became of her and how she has now affected Nell’s life and the life of the kingdom. The Malady didn’t make the story as dark as I thought it might have, which I think makes the story suitable for a broader audience than if it had gotten as dark as it could have been. This world that Gogolski created is imaginative and peculiar in all the best ways.
Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)