Genre: Fantasy, Fae, Legends and Mythology
Publisher: Carina Press
« Have you ever wondered what happens to the other people in the fairy tale?
Things look grim for Talia and her mother. By royal proclamation, the constables and those annoying « good » fairies have taken away their livelihood by confiscating their spinning wheel. Something to do with a curse on the princess, they said.
Not every young lady has a fairy godmother rushing to her rescue.
Without the promise of an income from spinning, Talia’s prospects for marriage disappear, and she and her mother face destitution. Past caring about breaking an arbitrary and cruel law, rebellious Talia determines to build a new spinning wheel, the only one in the nation—which plays right into the evil fairy’s diabolical plan. Talia discovers that finding a happy ending requires sacrifice. But is it a sacrifice she’s willing to make? »
I loved the idea of going beyond the traditional fairy tale. Not everyone has ever wondered « But what about…? » but it’s something I do easily. Finding out how « real » people were affected by the fairies’ decision was really interesting.
Talia is a very strong character, ready to do what it takes to look after herself. She makes mistakes, like the rest of us, and has the courage to face the consequences of her acts and try to fix the wrongs she has caused.
The story itself is short (23,000 words) but very much enjoyable.