The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf [NOOK Book]

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Book two in Accidental Enchantments.

Prince Richard is cursed. Enslaved to a magic mirror, he must truthfully answer the evil queen when she uses it to call on him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people.

All her life, Gretchen has been teased for being small. When she hears of a hidden farm populated by little people like her, she sets out to find it—and is ...

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The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf

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Overview


Book two in Accidental Enchantments.

Prince Richard is cursed. Enslaved to a magic mirror, he must truthfully answer the evil queen when she uses it to call on him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people.

All her life, Gretchen has been teased for being small. When she hears of a hidden farm populated by little people like her, she sets out to find it—and is welcomed by the mostly male inhabitants. Lars in particular woos her with his gentle kindness and quiet strength.

Danger looms when Gretchen meets a runaway princess and offers her shelter at the Little Farm. Wandering nearby, Richard instantly falls in love with the beautiful princess, and is later compelled to tell the queen that she is not the fairest of them all. Enraged, the queen vows to find them and destroy them.

If either Gretchen or Richard are to have their happy endings, they must team up to break the mirror's spell before the queen kills them all…

For another fairy tale retelling from Tia Nevitt, check out The Sevenfold Spell, available now!

43,000 words

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nevitt’s second Accidental Enchantments novel (after The Sevenfold Spell) is an ugly duckling take on a favorite princess story. Gretchen is a 27-year-old spinster dwarf in the Grimm-era German countryside. Treated as a joke by her neighbors, she longs for marriage and a place in the world. Then a traveling minstrel tells her of an independent farm run by dwarfs and offers to escort her there. While Gretchen learns to flirt with farmer Lars, she also befriends Ange, the local oppressed princess, whose evil stepmother rules by the words of a magic mirror that will let anyone command Prince Richard, Ange’s crush object. Blunt and insightful, the narrative offers a few more twists and much more humanity than Snow White’s tale ever did. While the romantic elements are low-key, Gretchen’s matter-of-fact willingness to forgo love if she can have security adds an intriguing Austenian note, and Ange is a splendidly active, vivacious heroine who refuses to be trapped in the role of victim. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426895104
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2013
  • Series: Accidental Enchantments
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 845,798
  • File size: 502 KB

Meet the Author


Not even a stint in the military could stamp out Tia Nevitt’s love of fairy tales. She loves to read (and write) books that take her to another place, or another time, or both. She also dabbles in calligraphy, violin, piano and songwriting. She lives in the southeast with her husband and daughter.

The first Accidental Enchantments story, The Sevenfold Spell, won the 2012 EPIC ebook award for Fantasy.

Tia keeps an active blog at tianevitt.com.

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Richard ran.

He lost track of the turns he had taken since he had fled the town hours ago. He was lost, but he didn't care. He was glad of it. Fortunately he didn't know the name of the town. He had run away as soon as he learned its secret, shouting warnings of doom behind him and probably sounding like a madman.

He knew he looked like a madman. There were traces of decayed finery about him, the odd length of gold braid clinging to the seam of his trousers by a few threads or the frayed end of an epaulet dangling from his shoulder. But these scraps of lost riches only looked more wretched next to his stringy hair, the frayed ends of his tunic and the loose heel of his boot that slapped on the road as he ran.

He had long since sold his horse. It was cruel to run the beast into a froth every day.

It grew darker with every minute, and he began to stumble on the stones of the road. The night bugs were starting to sing, and the owls to hoot. Far in the distance came the chilling howl of wolves.

Ahead, the road forked. Both directions looked the same—sparsely wooded and uninhabited.

Lost. He needed to stay lost.

Richard stopped at the center of the fork, closed his eyes and began to spin. Around and around he went, until he felt as if the world was awhirl along with him and until his stomach stung his throat with bile.

He stopped spinning, caught himself from falling and then with his eyes still closed, he stumbled and groped his way down one of the roads. For all he knew, he could be heading back in the direction he came from. He had already taken numerous turns, soit didn't matter. What mattered was that he stay as lost as possible. He opened his eyes and carried on.

The last of the daylight eked out of the landscape, and his eyes strained to see.

A swoosh of dizziness almost pitched him over. He staggered against a low roadside wall as a vision crowded out the darkness. He could see littleof the wall or of any of his surroundings. Instead, a face swam before his consciousness, a vision that was familiar, lovely beyond compare, and terrible.

"Greetings, slave of the mirror," she said.

He didn't respond. He never did. He just waited for the questions.

"Who is the fairest woman of all?"A crown topped a veil of gold damask that showered over her platinum hair. Her eyes were just the opposite. They were so dark that he could not tell where the pupils ended and the iris began.

One. "You are, my lady, as you well know," he said. She often asked this question, and he always wondered why. He had to tell the truth when summoned by the mirror. He would betray his own father, and indeed, he had before. So why waste a question on a matter of vanity?

He suspected she didn't—that there was another reason she asked.

"Tell me what you've learned today that might interest me."

Two. "There's a town. It's—" he couldn't stop himself from telling the truth, but he could be as vague as possible, "—it's reached an...arrangement with your tax collector. The townsfolk were...very happy."

"I see." She paused. He knew she was trying to think of a way to phrase the question to yield the most information possible. Beyond her he could see a richly bedecked room and the pointed arches of glass-paned windows. "What is the name of this town, which reached an arrangement with one of my tax collectors?"

Three! The name of the town came to him—Grunberg—but so did the names of other towns, in other places. He smiled. "There are many such towns."

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    The Magic Mirror and th Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt 4 STARS Th

    The Magic Mirror and th Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt
    4 STARS

    This is a retelling of Snow White and the seventh Dwarfs. I liked it. Had a lot of same characters but different.

    Evil step-mother who was the fairest, she has taken the princess thrown till she comes of age if she lives that long. The Queen has a magic mirror that can not lie to her. She can ask three questions only morning and night.

    The tattered Princess wears ill fitted clothes that the Queen makes her wear. She is kind and tries to help her people behind her step-mothers back.

    The 5 dwarfs that live together and farm. It is run by a Dwarf couple. a minstral goes around telling tales of the dwarfs and thier farm.

    Lars used to be a court jester has come now to work the farm and be with others of his kind.

    Gretchen heres about the farm and she gets the minstral to take her thier. She wants to find a husband. She travels in disguise of a boy. No one knows her a women till Lars points that out at first meeting.

    Magic Mirror is Prince Richard he can't refuse to tell the queen the truth but he tries to give her the least amount of good knowledge as he can. He travels around lost tries not to learn anything useful for the queen to find out.

    I enjoyed reading The Magic Mirror and seeing the story in a whole new way. This is a very clean story and fast to read. Any age could enjoy it.

    I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.


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    Book two in Accidental Enchantments.

    Prince Richard is cursed. Enslaved to a magic mirror, he must truthfully answer the evil queen when she uses it to call on him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people.

    All her life, Gretchen has been teased for being small. When she hears of a hidden farm populated by little people like her, she sets out to find it—and is welcomed by the mostly male inhabitants. Lars in particular woos her with his gentle kindness and quiet strength.

    Danger looms when Gretchen meets a runaway princess and offers her shelter at the Little Farm. Wandering nearby, Richard instantly falls in love with the beautiful princess, and is later compelled to tell the queen that she is not the fairest of them all. Enraged, the queen vows to find them and destroy them.

    If either Gretchen or Richard are to have their happy endings, they must team up to break the mirror's spell before the queen kills them all…

    For another fairy tale retelling from Tia Nevitt, check out The Sevenfold Spell, available now!

    43,000 words

    02/15/2012 PUB Carina Press 250 pages ISBN: 9781426895104

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