Magic is long dead in Twelve Realms, a peaceful kingdom where the dark arts were once as normal as the seasons. At least this is what most believed until the life of a princess becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing the one thing that sustains his life: true beauty.
Princess Caityn is more than a pretty face. Her beauty runs soul deep, and because of this, her life is priceless to the thief. On the eve of her wedding to the high prince, Caityn is attacked by his powerful dark magic, leaving her a wretched hag with a soul so empty even she barely recognizes herself.
But it's not too late. Her betrothed and a group of loyal knights might be able to save her from a living death, but it will take more than a kiss to rescue this princess. Love means sacrifice.
What will those who profess to love Caityn be willing to sacrifice to save her life? Time is not on their side. Doubt is a strong enemy, and the thief knows exactly how to use it to his advantage.
About the Author
Rachael Ritchey is a writer and book designer for indie authors. She mainly writes YA fantasy fiction, but you can find her dabbling in scifi and contemporary genres too. She has a passion for beautiful books, so book cover and interior designing are high on her list of enjoyable hobbies. When she's not writing, working on design, spending time with her four kids and husband, homeschooling her youngest, reading a book, or watching movies, Rachael can be found enjoying one of the many beautiful lakes of the Inland Northwest or hiking in the woods of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.
I loved this book. Reading it was like going to the ballet to see Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty. It’s definitely a story I would read to my children, alongside the classic fairy tales (Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and others). Caityn is someone I think most of us can relate to. I think we all feel the way she does at some point in our lives. Her struggle to overcome her lack of inner beauty closely mirrored my own struggle to find meaning in my own life. Thieander is a classic honorable, chivalrous prince. He is passionate about serving his country and keeping his promises to Caityn and his family. He is a fully-developed, real prince charming. The kind that could exist, but that so many little girls grow up to believe is merely imaginary. The Beauty Thief is a wonderful story about what to do when you’ve had a happy childhood, everyone around you loves and supports you, but then something happens that you are entirely unprepared for. Something that only you can remedy, no matter how much your friends and family wish they could fix it for you.