Glamour of Midnight by Casey L. Bond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 Cranky Stars
A fantastic retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. A friend of mine read this as an ARC and told me to pre-order Glamour of Midnight... so I did! As soon as it landed on my kindle, I started reading it and couldn't stop until it was done.
The story centres on Karis, blind since birth and in a stratified society, lives at the bottom of the heap in her village with her adoptive brother and best friend. She's viewed with suspicion by the rest of the villagers and called names, such as "changeling" on a regular basis.
The village is an oasis in the world of Faerie, a world that threatens to take over the village and swallow it whole. The only thing between the village and Faerie is a wall of smoke that needs to be replenished. The village follows a tradition of sending someone out to bolster the smoke, they're supposed to have the sight, but when a young girl is selected to venture into the wilds of Faerie, Karis suspects she's not up to the task.
And even stranger, the blind girl can actually see through the wall of smoke. When Karis offers to go in the girl's stead, her adoptive brother leaves setting Karis on a path to save him from certain death and into the arms of destiny.
Loftin, the bounty hunter, has been charged with finding Karis for her mother. If he does this, he will be rewarded with the return of someone dear to him.
When Loftin and Karis stumble into each other, he thinks he can kill two birds with one stone, except he doesn't count on is Karis herself. The longer Loftin's with her, the more he hates his mission, but he's bound to bring in Karis whether he likes it or not.
This book has a little bit of everything for everyone: Fae, monsters, vampires, mystery and a budding love affair. The pace is break neck and we lurch from one life-threatening situation to the next as Karis and Loftin cross the Faerie wilds.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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