Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

The Seventh Bride
by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon)

Publisher: Red Wombat Tea Company
Format: ebook
Published: November 11, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Print Length: 183 pages

Genre: Fiction - Fairy Tale/Horror
Source: purchased

From the T Kingfisher website:
Rhea is an ordinary miller’s daughter, engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing. 

He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women. 

Rhea has a hedgehog. It claims to be ordinary, but normal hedgehogs don’t act like that.

It’s probably not going to be enough.

Sigh. I am such an Ursula Vernon fangirl that I would probably read her grocery list and like it. Somehow I missed this one when it came out - probably because I was focused on waiting for Dragonbreath: Knight-Napped! which (squee!) is sitting on the desk next to me.  I have to read it at lunch becuase as soon as I take it home my son is going to steal it to read. 

So - I have to admit that I think I liked Nine Goblins a bit better, but still - this is pretty cool. It is an interesting take on the Bluebeard idea, where Rhea finds herself 'engaged' to an off-putting Lord. Rhea, our narrator, has a good, strong, young-girl-in-over-her-head voice. She might be a little slow to pick up some of the clues being laid out, but not unbearably so. She also tends to admit that she should have seen something coming - and it makes sense in a I still can't believe/cope with the things that are happening around me sort of way.

The story is Coraline-ish level creepy - not for children but should be find for older teens. 

There are a few lines that I absolutely adored - mostly involving the hedgehog, because hedgehogs are awesome - but I am going to refrain from sharing them because I want to encourage everyone to go try this one themselves. Well worth your time. 

It is only available as an ebook
The Hedgehog's Balloon by Ursula Vernon
This hedgehog has nothing to do with the story - it is just an example of some of Ursula Vernon's wonderful art.

But now, just because I have to ...

 Hedgehog squeeeeee !

'kay I am better now,

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