Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Review: A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce

Although this book isn't on my list for the Once Upon A Time II Challenge, it certainly falls into the fairytale category....well sort of, as it turns out to be work of ghosts, rather than fairies.....

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce. This was a wonderful retelling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin. One of the things I enjoyed about it, was the way the story was structured around the Mill. The building itself was a major character in the story, with it's own will and personality. Charlotte Miller, our heroine, starts out the tale not believing in magic or curses. She is a strong willed, determined person, and the fairytale element of the story creeps in slowly, changing her perception of the world. I love the journey she takes, from sorrow to joy, never loosing her determination to do the right thing, no matter how hard it is.

6 comments:

DesLily said...

I've said this before in other comments, but I can't help being amazed at how many books seem to be "retellings" of old fairytales! The publishers must all be on a kick of this sort of book!!

this sounds like a good one though! glad you enjoyed it

Dice said...

See, I told you that you'd like it! I'll let you know when her next book is published. (btw, the horses, Blithe and Bonny, got their names from 'Much Ado About Nothing')

Carrie said...

Really?! I'm going to have to re-read Much Ado......

elizabethcbunce said...

Thanks for the nice review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Hi, Dice! (waves)

~ecb

Dice said...

Yup. Blithe and bonny is from that "Sigh No More Ladies" part (that they made the song out of for the movie).

Hi Elizabeth! (waves back) I'm surprised to 'see' you here!

Carl V. said...

I like the nod to Much Ado about Nothing. It is one of my favorite stanzas in a Shakespeare play:

"Sigh no more ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.

Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into hey nonny, nonny, nonny."