Castle of Dusk and Shadows: A Fae Pride and Prejudice Retelling (Fae of Brytwilde)
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This a loose retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the author does a good job of being faithful to that story. I think what I appreciated most about this though was that it touched on some of the more vital themes from the original. The h barely even thinks about the H, she’s so consumed with her mission of finding her father and then the whole thing with Cordelia.
It would be super interesting to be inside his head and to be able to read his actual thoughts when the story was unfolding. It is loosly based on Jane Austen's masterpiece but adds some non-spice gothic Fae and spooky ghosts. Currently she lives with her husband and surrounds herself with coffee and books on a regular basis. But once we entered Brytwilde I understood the reasons why Schade started the story the way she did.
If Schade is going to go to the trouble of including them into her book, at least give them a task to fulfill.
It times this meant that I was kind of frustrated with Elle, because the actual villain was RIGHT THERE and I get that she doubted Fitz more easily because Reid was her family's friend and a human to boot. Obwohl mir gegen Ende des Buches bei den Thematiken Trauer und der Akzeptanz des Todes ein wenig die Tränen kamen, war das Buch im allgemeinen sehr einnehmend und herzerwärmend. So obviously I picked this up because it was a clean romance, and I don't need too many personal (albeit fictional) details in my life. The things Fitz would say to Elle would have me melting in a puddle, I understand her hesitation, but if a man said half the things to me that he did to her, I would forever be swooning. This would be a great book to read in the fall because it has all of the spooky vibes with the haunted forest and castle, but of course any time is a good time for spooky-ness!I am slowly making my way through the book (I say slowly just because I'm a somewhat distracted reader these days), and of course the 1995 movie is sometimes the only thing I need to watch. I enjoyed going on the journey with these two as they slowly started to tear down the barriers placed around their hearts. The pacing in this book is great with a good balance between action and character-driven scenes as well, which is hard to pull off, honestly. I thought her dedication to her family and uncovering the truth was very well done, and were good characteristics for her. As time passes, Elle, much to her own frustration, finds herself unable to fight the growing attraction she has for her brooding and mysterious husband, whom she only wanted to use as a means to an end for her own family's salvation.
The trouble was this was all supposed to be the book's climax, and I was just getting antsy and impatient. As a mystery, the murder/resurrection plot didn't work great, because (since it was a retelling) I knew who the real douchebag was the whole time. Ich bin momentan in einer Fantasy/Romantasy Phase und dieses Buch war sehr heartfelt und ein easy read. It takes the Fae that we all know and love but gives it a fresh twist and adds in creepy ghosts which just take it to another level!By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Over the years, Elle and her father studied magic in secret, trying to uncover a way for them to help Grace escape her fate, to no avail. This was a really fun book to read because it had all of the classic pride and prejudice era vibes with the clothes and the world, but it also had brutal fae. One downside, if you know the original story, you pretty much know/can guess the outcome here, but that didn't bother me much. Oh, and you can’t forget a magic world connected to nature and the seasons which I am always such a sucker for.
Just because of that you should give this book a chance, but if you like to focus more on the story, then continue reading to see what my opinion of the story was.This gothic vibes, fantasy romance, loose retelling of Pride and Prejudice is everything I was hoping for and more. The next one is a Mansfield Park retelling (if I remember correctly) and so already not one of my favorite JA books.