In this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who's come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she's never known. She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother-a mother whose past she must unravel if men and Fae are to live peacefully together.
Trapped in a Fae-made spell, Androw waits for the one who can free him. A boy raised to be king, he sought refuge from his abusive father in the Fae tales his mother spun. And when it was too much to bear, he ran away, dragging his anger and guilt with him, pursuing shadowy trails deep within the Dark Woods of the Fae, seeking the truth in tales, and salvation in the eyes of a snowy hare. But many years have passed since the snowy hare turned to woman and the woman winged away on the winds of a winter storm leaving Androw prisoner behind walls of his own making-a prison that will hold him forever unless the daughter of an owl can save him.
|Publisher:||World Weaver Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)|
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Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek was such an interesting twist on the Snow White Fairytale. Told in the point of view of the present and the past, the tale of two woman come together in the end. Opal is told in the point of view of a prince named Androw, who leaves his home to get away from his tyrant of a father, and goes into the dark woods in search of a fairytale that he remembers from his youth. It is also told in the point of view of a woman who is not named until the end of the book, and follows her journey to understanding who she is and where she came from. I loved the emotion that poured out in this story. The love of a mother, the love of son for his mother, the love of a daughter for a mother she never really knew. I adored the twist of the Fae in this story. Where in the “original” Snow White, she was surrounded by the seven dwarves, in Opal, the seven are actually fae guardians. I also love the way in which the story of the woman who turned into a hare was incorporated into this story. I couldn’t quite understand why Eira does what she does when she thinks she’s protecting Androw. Unless I totally missed something, I saw no reason for her to do the spell that she does. As Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek is a novella, the author does a fantastic job of rehashing the past and present, and mixing them together into an unforgettable tale. I loved the way the element of magic was twisted into this tale, which had my imagination running wild. Author, Kristina Wojtaszek’s descriptions of the faeries in Opal were enchanting and had me yearning to learn more about their world. Fans of fairytale retellings and stories involving Faeries will fall in love with Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek. I can’t wait to see what she has planned next in her next installment, Obsidian.