When Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally?
From the author of "The Seventh Bride" comes a new retelling of Beauty & the Beast, with gardeners, clockwork bees, and roses. More
Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city.
But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor, or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard?
Armed only with gardening shears and her wits, Bryony must untangle the secrets of the house before she—or the Beast—are swallowed by them.
From the author of "The Seventh Bride" comes a new retelling of Beauty & the Beast, with gardeners, clockwork bees, and roses.
on July 7, 2016 :
An excellent telling of Beauty and the Beast. A little dark, rounded characters, fantastic setting... must be a T. Kingfisher!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on June 22, 2015 :
I loved this story! I'm a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings, and I always read them when I find them. I also love gardening so... win-win. This one has such an enthralling story that I read it all the way through in practically one sitting. The pace of character, and plot developement was natural(Neither hurried nor too slow), especially because the characters seemed so human and "normal" with flaws as well as shining qualities (unlike many other fantacy stories). I felt like the theme of 'accepting yourself and others as they are' was really well developed here, which made it an over all "feel good" type of book. No typos is also a plus.
This is, obviously, a Beauty and the Beast story. It is both darker than, say, Disney's -- and also with a far deeper mystery going on. The heroine is rather practical, definitely a gardener, and though the youngest of three sisters, is not the most clever. She's not stupid, but it's the middle sister who's the one who puts some pieces together. (Which excellently shows that, yeah, it's just *in character* for Our Heroine to be just a tad oblivious to certain things.)