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Rose of Prophecy by Hope Ann
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This is going to be a tough one to review without spoilers ... but I'll try.
First off, I think this book toyed with my expectations a bit ... or maybe my expectations toyed with me. The fairy tale retelling genre seems to be very dependent on "twists" and "new takes" and this is (at least at first) a very straightforward retelling of the original tale. It wasn't until near the end that the author introduced a few elements I hadn't seen before.
However, the writing was dang good. Strong voice, really potent, nice mix of descriptions ... just good. I think that drew me in and kept me reading past when my jaded brain would otherwise have given up for "lack of novelty" (because I admit, as a reader, I'm very into the "shiny.") which might've been created by how closely this follows the original tale.
The book isn't preachy. There is definitely an allegorical element that could've been preachy, but wasn't and it is overall a satisfying read I would recommend (definitely a short story rather than a full novel. Not a bad thing, in my book. I like short reads, but I know some people really like to spend days in a book, and this is an "afternoon" book, not a "days" book).
My only beef: some elements of the allegory didn't work for me. It wasn't as clean and straight forward as say Narnia where "oh yeah, I get how this works with Aslan being a divine figure and also an "actively in the story figure." ... some of the allegorical elements felt like they needed more explanation for me (like how "magic" works generally in this world. If their King is literally a God figure is He immortal and all powerful or is He not exactly God just sort of an "image" of God that stands in for this world? Just little "world building" things I didn't get a sense of ... admittedly, a long explanation of how it works would probably be out of place in this short tale which kept a pretty decent pace and really never had a place to stop and "explain" itself).
Lovers of fairy tale retellings who don't mind a little bit of spiritual undertones.
Books and movies you would compare this to:
Narnia, some George MacDonald
Allegory, Christian, Fairy Tale, Spiritual, Romance
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