The Seventh Bride

The Seventh Bride

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Young Rhea is a miller's daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don't turn down lords -- no matter how sinister they may seem -- Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement. Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat "Come back before dawn, or else I'll marry you." With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.
Publisher: Seattle : 47North, [2015]
ISBN: 9781503949751
1503949753
Branch Call Number: SF KINGFISHER, T.
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 21 cm

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fineplan Oct 15, 2016

This retelling of the fairy tale "Mr. Fox" was a lot of fun. The voice is really interesting because it sounds like a YA or MG book, yet some of the events are a bit more gruesome (though not terribly so) or deal with more adult emotions than a kid's book. In some ways this just makes the book work all the better -- flitting from goofy to moving and back again. Plus, you know, hedgehogs are adorable.

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