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Ebook Assessment: Cursed by Marissa Meyer

by Marissa Meyer gilded It was a captivating retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy story, full with romance, journey, ghostly escapades and folklore tales. sequence, Damned, is a continuation of every thing that made the primary e book such a novel and atmospheric fantasy learn, with the darkish delight of extra time spent with the evil Erlking. His agenda could also be much more vengeful than first imagined, but when there’s anybody able to foiling his evil plans, it is Serilda, the courageous protagonist of the story and the cursed boy she fell in love with, a boy with a expertise for turning straw into gold.

Damned the place does he obtain gilded leaving Serilda, a gifted storyteller cursed and destined to marry the Erlking, who desires to make use of Serilda not solely to return her misplaced love, however to wreak vengeance on the seven gods who captured the Darkish Ones behind the veil. If the Erlking succeeds, he’ll change the mortal realm perpetually. However Serilda and Gilde, whose spirits are certain to the haunted fortress, haven’t any intention of destroying any extra harmless lives. As time progresses to interrupt their curse, Serilda and Gilde should discover a method to defeat the Erlking as soon as and for all.

“Have not you dreamed of being a summer time bride?

He snored. “I am not a summer time bride. I am a summer time sacrifice.’

Erlking laughed. It was an odd sound, and it all the time gave Serilda a bit pleasure, even when she did not need it.

He meant the unhappy half.

This wasn’t imagined to be a marriage. This was imagined to be a ritual sacrifice, and it was a lamb.’

Marissa Meyer can spin a fascinating fairy story and Gilde can spin gold, and in between Damned it deviates from the unique Rumpelstiltskin story, which is without doubt one of the strengths of the e book. It doesn’t try to renew what we all know concerning the legendary determine. As a substitute, Meyer creates a world that’s each cool and terrifying; A haunted Sleepy Hole-like panorama the place ghostly figures hang-out the world and evil threatens to overcome good. Basic fairy story antagonists aren’t all the time probably the most advanced or nuanced characters, however Erlking by no means feels one-note. Forcing Serilda to get near him permits the story to discover what motivates her evil deeds, in addition to make clear her unusual origins. He is a relentless fearsome presence, however he is additionally surprisingly lovable on this sequel – as a lot as a insurgent slayer demon king may be lovable…

Whereas the pacing points that plagued the primary e book stay, the lulls are much less noticeable this time round, and that is as a result of Meyer’s sequel feels extra layered than the earlier e book. Specializing in the Erlking and the gods who separated him from his beloved Hunter provides one other dimension to the story. The stakes are greater than ever, however Serilda is a really intelligent, expert and kind-hearted character; you may’t root for it. There aren’t as many scenes between her and Gild as you may count on, provided that their romance is central to the story, however each second they share is all the time humorous, candy, and tinged with the bittersweet information they each have a lot. to lose if Erlking wins.

When you’re on the lookout for a wealthy, imaginative retelling that breathes new life into an previous story, this duology delivers. It is darkish and macabre in one of the simplest ways, with a solid of unusual characters and creatures. And for all of the jurors, it is a contender for better of the yr, bringing you all of the thrilling fairy tales you possibly can need.

★★★★

Cursed Posted by Faber & Faber on November 8, 2022

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