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Sunday, July 3, 2011

23 Book Lovin Bitches Ebook Tours review: the beauty's beast by E.D. Walker

"If you but knew, you would withdraw yourself from my love, and I should be lost indeed." - Marie De France, The Lay of the Were-Wolf (translated by Eugene Mason, 1911)



The Beauty's Beast
Lady Kathryn de Réméré, daughter of Lord Stephen, is sent to court in the hopes of finding a husband. penniless and plain plus a penchant for books dim her prospects of catching one. accompanying her King and  Queen Aliénor on a hunt one day, she takes pity on a wolf which had been attacked by the hunting dogs. Kathryn is given charge of nursing it back to health with the help of Llewellyn, the court magician and herbalist. in time she learns the truth that the beast is no other than Gabriel fitz Michael, Duke de Doré and nephew to the King. Gabriel has been trapped in his lupine form due to the treachery of his wife Alisoun de Canille and Sir Reynard de Troumper.
this is not a retelling of the Beauty & the Beast fairy tale we are familiar with but rather a retelling of Bisclavret or The Lay of The Werewolf. it is one of the breton lais written in anglo-norman around the 12th century by court poetess Marie de France. but what an impressive and masterful retelling by author E.D. Walker!
i think she has found her calling and niche by bringing to life an obscure or relatively less known classical work, pumping fresh blood into it and giving the story a wider perspective and more in-depth characterization.
the tale of Kathryn and Gabriel was a delight to read. the language was beautifully written, formal yet simple to understand and appropriate for the period in which the events take place. 
The Beauty's Beast speaks of love that transcends physical appearances and embodies chivalry, honor, compassion, justice and retribution. there is drama, adventure, magic and romance of the non-erotic sort.
that is why i find this book appropriate for advance upper middle grade readers as well. so DO NOT be put off by the cover. i never take stock on book covers most of the time anyway but it would be great if the current one were changed to reach more readers. some of them - especially parents who buy books for their children -  might well ignore an excellent book on account of the featured image of a half naked man.
this is a surprisingly outstanding debut that should not be missed!

*The Beauty's Beast is available from Noble Romance Publishing and Amazon. for more information about E.D. Walker and her work, please visit http://heirtotheunderworld.com/

my personal rating is: 







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Disclosure of Material Connection: i am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches E-book Tours and a copy was provided by the author. although  payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches E-book Tours,  i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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