Hello Faerie Friends!
You may have guessed by now that when it comes to retellings, I am there! Honestly, it’s one of my genres (if you can call it a genre).
With that in mind, and considering I’m on a high from the Myth Takes Reads Retellings chat the other evening, I thought I’d share some of my absolute favourite retellings with you. Hold on to your magic carpets for my top 5!
A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer
I’ll admit it – I’m Beauty and the Beast trash. Have been since I was a child, and I don’t think it’s going to change any time soon. ACSDAL is an absolutely amazing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It has all the classic elements, but Brigid has added some really unique twists that make this retelling stand out from the crowd. The characters are wonderfully written and easy to connect with, the writing is gorgeous and the plot pacing is perfect. I can’t want for the sequel – why is January 2020 so far away?!
THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury
This is the Aladdin retelling of my dreams! I genuinely can’t believe its taken me so long to read it. Jessica Khoury has written an absolutely beautiful book, with lyrical writing and fantastic character building. The slow burn romance is one of my favourite things about this story, and it has such a satisfying ending. This is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for something set in an ancient Arabian inspired world.
SWEET BLACK WAVES by Kristina Perez
This has swiftly become one of my favourite retellings of an Arthurian legend – ever. I’ve always been fascinated with the story of King Arthur (I even have a whole shelf dedicated to him), and part of my fascination lies in the surrounding characters and tales. Guinevere and Lancelot, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and, of course, Tristan and Isolde. This retelling takes the traditional tale and flips it on its head, making you view the story and characters in a whole new light. I can’t wait to read the sequel and see what will happen next!
SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer
The story of sleeping Beauty has always been a favourite of mine, so when. I first heard about Spindle Fire I was extremely excited. And Lexa didn’t disappoint. This retelling adds the twist of a second daughter, Aurora’s sister Isbe, and places a lot of emphasis on their relationship as sisters. It is an epic battle to save their kingdom from the faerie who has cursed them both. The themes of love, sisterhood and bravery course throughout the book and it’s sequel, and make them a joy to read, Definitely worth picking up if you’re after a retelling with a fairy-tale quality.
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
I genuinely couldn’t write this post without including this fabulous book. Samantha Shannon has taken the story of Saint George and the dragon, ripped it apart and reformed it into one of the most beautiful tales I’ve ever read! This is a true epic fantasy with a feminist slant and tells the stories of the women who have been silenced in the history books. There’s magic and romance, courtly intrigue and assassins, incredible world building and amazing dragons. If you read one retelling this year, make sure it’s Priory – you won’t regret it!
So there you have it! I could go on add far more books to this list, but I think I’ll save that for another day!
What are your favourite retellings? Have you read any I’ve mentioned here? Let me know in the comments, and keep your eyes peeled for more posts on retellings from me!