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Review: Fairest – K.S. Trenten

Fairest - K.S. Trenten

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA

LGBTQ+ Category: Lesbian

Reviewer: Rari

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About The Book

All of my life, I’ve been haunted by her dark eyes. At birth, she cursed me to prick my finger on the spindle and sleep for a century. She appears in my dreams, my reflections, shaping my desires. Who is she? My guardian has only revealed a few enigmatic words as to her identity, the fairest of them all. Follow me into the lonely Forest of Tears where the dwarves dwell, walking where she once walked. Gaze into the depths of the magic mirror which reveals her secrets. For I refuse to fear her, even if I should.

The Review

This is a queer fairytale retelling of three well beloved and known tales. Each tale links to the other, melding them together into a cohesive whole. Cinderella is the wicked stepmother of Snow White, who in turn becomes the wicked fairy who curses Sleeping Beauty, the protagonist of our tale.

She remembers the witch who cursed her, and though she’s told she should fear her, she’s drawn to the witch, and wants to know more about her. The story is unveiled through hints at first, and then told by the witch herself. The curse cannot be avoided, but true love can break it. The only question is, will the one who loves her have the courage to take that step?

This is a short and very entertaining read, a mash up of various fairy tales done very creatively. The one thing that didn’t click for me was the insta love, but I would still rate this highly because of the creativity of the plot and Trenten’s skill at bringing all these various fairytales together.

Also, the queer! Give me all the queer!

I loved how the author didn’t just sweep all the practical problems under the carpet, but came up with a solution which addressed all of these mundane issues.

Recommended for anyone who likes high fantasy, fairytale retellings, or queer fantasy.

The Reviewer

Rari is an author and editor writing under the name of Niranjan K. She is an avid reader of all things fantasy, and loves to discourse at length about her favourite books as well as shows. This blog is the space where she will be sharing her views and insights of the books, shows and movies that she likes.

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