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Rose of Prophecy by Hope Ann
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I loved this re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.
I read Andrew Lang's "Beauty and the Beast" right before I read "Rose of Prophecy" so I could see how different this re-telling was. The key elements of the original story were present in "Rose of Prophecy" but little changes here and there made this story much better than the original in my opinion. One change early on, that I don't think is a big spoiler and that I really liked, is that this family actually loved each other and the siblings weren't spoiled and selfish.
The author's ability to paint pictures with her words was amazing. I love the first lines of the book. "I am afraid. Not because I am alone. Not because thick roiling clouds obscure the moon. Not because the wind rushes through the forest like a wild dragon. I am afraid because I am late. And to be late means death." The imagery is very vivid and the words hooked me right away. I didn't understand exactly what the words meant until I got farther into the story but I definitely wanted to find out what was going on. Even if this had been just a straight re-telling with no twists/changes in the story, it would have still been a pleasure to read.
The most exciting part for me however was how the author made this into a Christian retelling. It took me a little while to realize that the King represented God and the Prince was Jesus but once I did, I really enjoyed watching the battle unfold between the King/the Prince and Tauscher (Satan). By the end of the novella, it became clear how Beauty and the Beast's story fit into this overarching battle between the King/Prince and Tauscher.
Those who enjoy the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale and would like a Christian element added to the story
Books and movies you would compare this to:
Chronicles of Narnia; The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
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Excited to read more by this author
Allegory, Christian, Fairy Tale
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