Fantasy Fridays is a weekly post hosted by Sissy Lu. Each Friday she will post about a specific topic regarding Fantasy novels. You are welcome to Snag the image and link back to Book Savvy Review with your own Fantasy Friday.
The first Fantasy Friday will be dedicated to Retellings. What a fun topic to look into.
I adore the fantasy genre in its many facets. Whether it’s reading an epic novel, a classic or a new YA fantasy novel series. I cherish it and what I cherish even more are the worlds they create to transport you far away from reality. However, we all know that isn’t the only aspect of books that truly make a book, right? Of course! There are plots, characters, the ability to not only relay the story to the reader but have them thoroughly engrossed in it, and then, of course, the world.
Okay, Sissy, you’re boring me with what I already know. Okay, follower, I hear you. Here is something you don’t know, these are Retellings that so far I adore.
An interesting Retelling of Beauty & The Beast, Entreat me offers a new take on the tale as old as time. Entreat me is about Ballard of Ketach Tor, a warlord who has been afflicted by a curse and as times passes he loses his humanity and plummets into madness. He is not alone in the curse, his son was not unscathed, he too has the curse. One day the son returns with a beautiful woman and not far behind is Louvaen Duenda, the elder sister and she vows to save her sister from ruination.
This tale offers sorcery, love, romance and hot scenes. My review for it can be read here. While there were some aspects I was less than pleased with, the lack of world building, the constant sex scenes – the curse was woven wonderfully. I could be biased, I am a Grace Draven fan.
Mordred only wants his father’s love, but Camelot believes Merlin’s prophecy, Arthur’s killer. The doomed narrator, forever dressed in black, fights his destiny. Only lovely Nyneve believes the lad can be good, traps manipulator Merlin, gives boy white pup Gull, takes them to his mother’s castle.
I am Mordred is one of the very first Arthurian Legend books I read. Now, it’s been sometime since then, but I can still recall enjoying the beautiful quality of writing and delving into Mordred’s life. It was a wonderful portrayal of him, when we know so very little.
Mordred was raised by a fisherman and his wife, he lived a quiet peaceful life until a woman, Nyneve comes to return him to his home. When he finally meets his family he’s met with disdain and suspicion.
Surprise! Another Beauty & The Beast retelling here, well, I think A Court of Thorns and Roses is a mix of multiple stories. However, the primary one I believe to be Beauty & The Beast.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
There are moments of Pride & Prejudice in here as well. I really enjoyed the way the story was built, the magic and other elements. No, I wasn’t overly keen on Feyre’s personality – but again I think that is the point. She is supposed to be thorny and that is exactly what she is! I wasn’t a fan, but I also enjoyed the fact she was a strong female who fought for what she believed in.
Here is my review for it.
There you have it, my first Fantasy Friday.