Dearest, the sequel to Enchanted and Hero by Alethea Kontis, features Friday as the sister with an abundance of love and forgiveness. Friday thinks hopes to forge her destiny as a devotee to the Earth goddess, but comes to find that she’s better suited to another destiny entirely. Blame Fate, or the Lord of Death, or maybe blame her sister Saturday for calling up the flood that has the castle filling to the brim with refugees. Among the refugees are seven cursed princes who appear as swans by daylight, and their equally cursed sister, who must weave them shirts of nettle to break the spell.
When Friday stumbles upon the princes in their human form, her heart and her magic agree that their fates are intertwined. Yet doubt plagues Friday, the girl who thinks so little of her magic and of her intuition. Friday’s path of self-discovery unlocks the mystery of her large heart and gives her the power she needs to aid Tristan and his brothers against the wicked king who has overrun their homeland.
Alethea Kontis once again reinvents familiar Grimm fairy tales into something fantastically different. Readers familiar with “The Twelve Brothers” may find themselves surprised by the outcome of the spell, and the battles that come after its resolution. This being the third novel, observant readers will enjoy the cumulative hints as to everyone’s identity in traditional fairy tales. I am hoping that a sequel will be in the works featuring sister Monday, who has made a larger appearance in Dearest.
Each book has a different tone to match the sister, and Friday’s big heart is well matched to the tale of “The Wild Swans,” which has always been a tale of love’s faithful striving.
Pick up your copy of Dearest and find out more about Princess Alethea online at: www.aletheakontis.com and on twitter at @AletheaKontis . By the way, Ms. Kontis has a beautiful signature if you get the chance to obtain one.
Random Fact: Before publication, Dearest was originally titled Beloved!
Michelle Ristuccia enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com , or twitter stalk her at http://twitter.com/ mrsmica