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An excellent, slightly creepy (but not gory) tale set in an alternative 17(ish) Century setting. A great protagonist, interesting other characters, and a nicely engaging story. My only complaint is that it could have been a bit longer.
I had never encountered the writing of T Kingfisher before reading this book. I am very glad I have now. 'The Seventh Bride' grabbed my attention from the beginning - it is very hard not to instantly like a protagonist whose major battle in life before the events of the book is with a malevolent swan who keeps stealing her lunch. There are some truly startling, macabre and beautiful images in this book and the story is well thought through - becoming not simply a mash-up of a number of fairy tales but a nuanced and intriguing world into which the plot fits perfectly. Stylistically, well-written, very much in the style of a fable and one that definitely merits a re-reading to pick up the details and themes of the story and the language. And there's a hedgehog.
Convincing world building and satisfying characters made this book a real pleasure. A peasant girl is betrothed to a Lord, and struggles to escape her fate in his sinister magical mansion. Both adults and older children should enjoy this re-imagined fairy tale.
A very clever take on the Bluebeard fairy tale. Just enough Grimm, just enough empowered. And a miraculous hedgehog, complete with handkerchief. This novel is well worth your time and money. I've just downloaded Bryony and Roses too, a Beauty and the Beast-esque tale I believe.