BEFORE BEAUTY by Brittany Fichter - Review
Today I'm featuring the first book in my Author of the Month series for August. Take a look at this lovely . . .
Prince Everard’s father spent the boy's youth forging the prince into a warrior. Upon the king’s death, however, Everard realizes he’s lost himself somewhere along the way, and in his pain, makes a decision that brings a dark curse upon both him and the great Fortress that has so long guarded the people of Destin. The prince's sin doesn’t simply affect those of his citadel, however. Isa, the daughter of a local merchant, has suffered the prince’s hasty temper before, and it changed her life forever. When Everard’s final outburst cuts off his people’s source of protection with the curse, he demands that she, a crippled commoner, come to help him break it. All the while, Destin’s northern enemy crouches at the foot of the Fortress’s mountain, waiting for the right moment to capture the stronghold that has stood for a thousand years.
I have always loved "Beauty and the Beast," and I enjoy reading retellings that add backstory and variety to the tale. This one has a fantastic magical world--I loved the Fortress with its lovely hint of allegory. The main characters each must grow to understand their purpose and accept their roles, and I appreciated the author's artistry in painting their struggles and successes.
I highly recommend this lovely tale to all "Beauty and the Beast" lovers. It makes for a wonderful introduction to Brittany's writing and worlds.
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