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An Exciting & Fresh Retelling of a Classic!
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
This book was so good I literally read it in a single day! I personally enjoy fairy tale retellings and Michelle, the author, has a talent for exciting, different retellings!
This review contains a few spoilers, though it won't give away the whole plot!
Persinette, or Etta, is a fierce and passionate heroine. Based loosely on Rapunzel, you're more likely to find Etta running into battle to save the day and the prince rather than waiting in a tower for a prince to save her.
This is most definitely a story of betrayal. Etta's father was like a brother to the king, his protector, until the king had her father construct magical wards around the kingdom letting none with magic in or out. Then the king began a "purge" going after everyone with magic. It didn't matter if they were good, bad or like a brother to him.
Etta and her father flee to the Dark Forest where his magic conceals them and allows him to train Etta, to make her strong and fierce. For not only does Etta have magic, like her father she is cursed. From the day she turns 18 she will be magically bound to Prince Alex, the son of the king, the man her father is bound to and the one who hunts everyone for simply being born with magic.
Her father works to prepare her for her life bound to an enemy of all magical people. A man it will physically hurt her to be away from. And when the opportunity arises to become Price Alex's protector, she seizes it.
As Alex's Protector it is her duty to be with him nearly always. Though there are those who would stand in her way and try to keep them separate, she is around him enough to see he struggles with the kind of king he wants to become.
As children, Alex and Etta were friends. But after the purge started, Alex was forced to watch his father zealously hunt down those with magic and spent years listening to his father's teaching that magic was evil and so were those who possessed it.
As a young man Alex must figure out for himself what is right, what is wrong and what kind of ruler he plans to be. But will any of them be able to overcome a series of betrayals?
This book has definitely left me wanting more and I can't wait to finish Alex and Etta's story!