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A surprisingly dark book, but nevertheless a romantic and exciting recreation of the classic fairy tale, Snow White! I was actually pretty fooled by the title, thinking this would be a Beauty and the Beast tale. The synopsis should have been a clue to the contrary, but what can I say - I have Belle on the brain. I especially liked how Lecia Cornwall took the concept of the seven dwarves and morphed it into seven orphan thieves. I loved the creativity. One of the things I love about the best fairy tale retellings is when I can spot the original elements of the story and how the author twisted it to suit the new tale. Leica does this very well!
The evil witch Bibiana is no longer the fairest of them all. Her new stepdaughter, Laire McLeod, has unknowingly claimed that title, and the witch means to make her pay. When Laire realizes her father and sisters are being entranced by Bibiana, she tries to escape to find help. Knowing that Laire could ruin her plans, the witch sets her Hunter, Iain Lindsay, after her, with explicit instructions: Come back with her heart in a box. But she doesn't anticipate that the Hunter may be her weakest link of all, for he has fallen under a different sort of spell and will do all in his power to keep Laire safe.
Laire and Iain were such complicated characters! I liked Laire's resourcefulness despite her privileged upbringing, and she really held her own against Bibiana and her ilk. Iain took a bit of warming up to, simply because he took a while to decide if he was actually going to kill Laire or not. A bit frustrating, that, because I wanted to hop on board the Laire/Ian train sooner. Once they both came together, though, it was magical.
Fantastic book by Lecia, once again! I can't wait for the next book in this series, if there are more planned.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**