The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen
Cologne is a city in turmoil due to a rampant fever that claims Adelaide's mother, a storyteller who affectionately called her Snow White. Addie's father must bribe a priest to give her mother a funeral since the church has outlawed the rite. When Soren does the unforgivable, Addie is pushed to avenge her mother no matter the cost, collecting the famous Grimm's fairy tales as the story unfolds. More
“A…resonant tale set late in the 13th century… with unexpected plot twists. An engaging story of revenge and redemption.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“Really great story. Reminds me of many great historical fiction pieces. Strong emotion injected into almost every page.” -The Vine Review
“…a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction…. The Fairytale Keeper is a story of corruption, devotion, and tough decisions.” -Copperfield Review
Adelaide’s mother, Katrina, was the finest storyteller in all of Airsbach, a borough in the great city of Cologne, but she left one story untold, that of her daughter, that of Snow White. Snow White was a pet name Adelaide’s mother had given her. It was a name Adelaide hated, until now. Now, she would give anything to hear her mother say it once more.
A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without last rites and the dead are dumped in a vast pit outside the city walls. In an effort to save Katrina’s soul, Adelaide’s father obtains a secret funeral for his wife by bribing the parish priest, Father Soren.
Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, pushing Adelaide toward vengeance. When Adelaide realizes that the corruption in Cologne reaches far beyond Soren, the cost of settling scores quickly escalates. Avenging the mother she lost may cost Adelaide everything she has left: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.
Seamlessly weaving historical events and Grimm’s fairy tales into a tale of corruption and devotion, The Fairytale Keeper, leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins. The novel paints Medieval Cologne accurately and vividly. The story develops a set of dynamic characters, casting the famous villains, heroes, and damsels of Grimm’s fairy tales into believable medieval lives. Though historically set, The Fairytale Keeper brims with timeless themes of love, loyalty, and the struggle for justice.
The Fairytale Keeper was a quarter-finalist in Amazon's 2013 Breakthrough Novel Contest. It has won the Indie Book of the Day Award and was second runner-up in Writing.com's Hook Us Contest.