The Storyteller’s Daughter: a retelling about Rumpelstiltskin
The Storyteller’s Daughter by Victoria McCombs is a fairytale retelling that caught my attention once I read the synopsis. This is the first time I participate in a Blog Tour so I’m beyond excited!
For anyone who doesn’t know how a book tour works…
Bloggers basically get an advance readers copy of a new book and a week before its release they get to publish different kinds of posts about it. These include guest posts, review, playlist, favorite quotes, promotional posts, dream cast, interviews, mood boards, and more.
I get to write a book review for The Storyteller’s Daughter but before I begin, here you can find some information about the tour.
Ok, now… let’s begin!
Author: Victoria McCombs
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Release Date: July 14th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
The Storyteller’s Daughter
“His shadowed face lit by flames, Rumpelstiltskin is my name…
For as long as anyone can remember, every child in Westfallen has been born with a Gift, and these Gifts defined them.
Then Cosette is born, Giftless.
An attempt to hide her misfortune brings her before the King, who entraps her to use her Gift as a pawn in his war.
Caught in a lie, Cosette desperately searches for a power strong enough to free her. Intrigued by whispers of an old king and a dark curse, she calls upon Rumpelstiltskin and finds him trapped in a magic deeper than she bargained for. Now, Cosette must fight to reclaim her freedom from the King and break Rumpel’s curse. When time runs out, she’ll lose more than her heart. She’ll lose her life”.
My rating: 3.5 stars
So… The Storyteller’s Daughter is a fairytale retelling about Rumplestiltskin?
This is the reason why this book grabbed my attention in the first place. Also, I had never read a retelling about Rumplestiltskin before so I had no expectations.
I have to tell you though, once I started reading the first chapters, I had to look up the original story because I didn’t remember much. 😅
Once I got that out of the way, I felt like this books had so many elements from the original story but with its own creative elements. It is definitely a new take on an old story and it seemed like it was very fun to write!
Everyone has a Gift?
Definitely one of my favorite parts about the book. If you read the book description on Goodreads it says that “it will satisfy fans of Ella Enchanted”. This is 100% TRUE.
The fact that everyone is born with a gift just brought me back to my childhood and how I used to watch Ella Enchanted literally every weekend.
Also, this story has its own twist on “everyone having a gift” since Cossette (the main character) doesn’t have one. It was interesting to read this because usually, the main character is the one who has a special ability that makes him/her stand out. In this case, it was the opposite and it was refreshing to read about someone who doesn’t have any sort of ‘gift’ in a fantasy story.
I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and their relationships (especially the main one). The thing is… I just couldn’t ship any relationship because it just felt weird to me given some background events (that are of course included in the book). Also, I was curious about past events that take place in this story and that I thought would be explained later on but weren’t.
The fact that the main character in The Storyteller’s Daughter had no special ability was refreshing to see in a fantasy novel. It was a light read but I couldn’t connect with the characters that much. It was an entertaining read because it had its own creative elements and at the same time, it drew back on the original story. I would recommend this book if you love retellings, especially if you love the character of Rumplestiltskin.
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About Victoria McCombs:
“I write YA Fantasy. I love being transported to worlds that take my breath away. Worlds so complexand vivid, and yet I get to hold them in my hands. My writing inspirations are John Flanagan, P.W.Catanese and C.S. Lewis. In June 2018 I signed a publishing contract with Parliament House Press for my debut novel, TheStoryteller’s Daughter. In October 2018 I signed my second contract. I now have a contract for the first four books in that series, which will be my only fairytale”. retellings. Beyond that, I have a PirateAdventure in the making, and series with a vivid world with rich kingdoms and other races, already one book done”.
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