In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…
A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast
~I was gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This book is fantastic. A dark, atmospheric, intriguing story!
I have read quite a few BATB retelling's and it has to be hard to make it different from other retellings and this was like no other retelling I've ever read. It was fantastic, gripping and the way the writing just flowed was beautiful. I just enjoyed every second of this book and I am so sad it is over. It has to be one of the best books I've read this year and you need to pick it up and just get enthralled by this story. This is definitely more of an adult themed book as there is quite a few detailed sex scenes throughout the book.
Set for the most part in Elizabethan England we meet Lord Rodermere, a horrible and cruel Earl who has no respect for the old ways and magic of the forest. He lies with a faerie in the forest and leaves for 18 years to find that he has a son who is more beautiful than anything and anyone.
Beau is obsessed with the thought of wanting to kill his cruel father. His beauty is a curse that he wants to break from. Randa is kept away in secret, born in secret and half a monster. When a chance meeting brings them together there are things out there that will do anything to keep them apart. A curse hangs over these two as a sorceress is out to seek her revenge.
The writing in this story is beautiful and very descriptive. It is so gripping and easy to fall into this world and be intrigued by the characters and their story. The twists and turns of this book will keep the reader enthralled and you won't be able to put this book down!
A fantastic retelling with a twist!