This is my absolute favorite fairy tale retelling, and has been a cherished treasure in my library for many years. For a long time this book has been out of print, much to my dismay. Now it has finally been reissued. This novel tells the story of Snow White and Rose Red, in this tale called Blanche and Rosamund. They find themselves involved in a plot concerning the two princes of faerie and some interesting characters who are trying to get rid of the younger prince, because he is half human. But something goes wrong-the older prince is affected by their spell instead. Now it is up to the younger prince to go into the world of men and seek out a cure. He meets Rosamund and Blanche, who will help him on his quest. Woven into this story are the colorful characters of John Dee (Queen Elizabeth's astrologer) and his apprentice Ned Kelly, who are looking for answers to solve the occult questions they study. All of these characters make for a fascinating story filled with magic, romance, adventure and intrigue. A must have for any fairy tale lover.
Snow White and Red Rose
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
I think that this is a great and enchanting book!Once I started reading it, I couldnt put it down- I definitly recomend it to those of you who havnt read it yet...
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
Three things I really love are blended together in this well-crafted fantasy: the fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red," alternate fantasy worlds, and the Elizabethan era. Wrede does an excellent job of rounding out the rather uneven original fairy tale with likeable characters and a plausible plot. The depiction of Faerie court and magic is also crafted intricately and well. The use of Elizabethan English is convincing and rings true, although some readers may be irked by the copious usage of "thee," "thou" and "dost." All in all, extremely well told and convincing. Definitely one of my all-time favorite books. For more good alternate Elizabethan fantasy, try Stevermer's The Serpent's Egg.
wrede's enchantment is enchanting....
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 23 years ago
Patricia Wrede has written her usual elegant, absorbing story. One can always be assured that they will have a wonderful journey in another time and place when reading her books- her writing is so vivid that you are actually there; when the book ends, you are dazed by the return to "reality". On the whole, I find that if I look for a Tom Canty cover, I will find a book that I love! (Do you?)
A wonderfully entertaining and insightful book
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 25 years ago
This version takes a historical and original look at a fairy tale. I really enjoyed reading a fairtale in the context of history. Patricia Wrede has done an excellent job presenting a fresh look to a well-known tale. It is one of my few favorites and I read it again and again
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