ABOUT THE BOOK
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who cursed a line of princesses to die, and could only be broken by true love’s kiss. You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after.
Let me tell you, no one actually cares about what happens to our princesses. I thought I didn’t care, either. Until I met her.
Princess Aurora. The last heir to the throne. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.
But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating – and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I-
I am the villain.
What an all-consuming book this is, as I was soon under its ‘you must read me all in one sitting’ spell, so do beware as this curse will no doubt happen to you too. The story is devilishly dark from the get-go where the star of this show wound herself into my heart, so I cared about her. It is a story of fairy tales and magic, spells and potions, intrigue, mystery and most of all, bubbling vengeance.
The Graces make potions for the wealthy, to enhance their beauty, or give warts to a rival. They live in groups under the guidance of an older and wiser Grace. They all have a beauty to be envied, except one, the Dark Grace, what you see is what you get with her, imperfection through and through, but her magic is sort after.
I was transfixed on every page, every twist and, all the spells that could be made, for a price. The story moves between the lives of the Graces, the Royalty and the demise they were facing, and the Dark Grace. A spell had been placed on the royal family, where they would only have daughters and once they reached the age of 21 they would die. But the Graces had added something to the spell, if the Princess was kissed and found true love the spell would be broken. The only remaining Princess was rapidly approaching 21 and still, no Prince had broken the spell.
Things were about to get very interesting. The thing about truth is it gives the ones that have it a choice. The adrenaline rush was topped up on every page, leaving me with a ‘wanting that needs to be fed’. It is one of my favourite stories of this year so far.
I can’t wait for this story to continue with its cauldron of mixed fairy tales, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, to name just a few and, I am sure there is more hiding in there still. To think this is the author’s first novel is just mind-blowing. One to watch out for in the future!
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Walter is a native southerner who hates the heat. A graduate of the University of Texas at austin, she is both a former English teacher and a current librarian. Perhaps it is because she is surrounded by stories that she began writing them. At any given moment, you can find her plotting. This is her first novel.