The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen
Official Stuff –
Author – Andrea Cefalo
Pages – 274
Series – Fairytale Keeper
Publisher – Scarlet Primrose Press
Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.
My Rating – 2 ½ Stars
Another fairytale retelling. I really need to learn from experience but I can’t seem to help myself.
Adelaide’s mother has died from the fever, a sickness killing people left and right in 1247 Cologne. The priests are apparently greedy and evil (something that was definitely true in the middle ages). Addie’s father is a simple cobbler (shoemaker) who manages to bribe the priest, Father Soren to preside over a funeral for Addie’s mother.
During the funeral, Addie is overcome with grief and runs to her mother’s body (which is on a funeral pyre and ya know…on fire) to kiss her and try on beg her to wake up. Father Soren is offended by this, starts calling Addie names and eventually spits on the mother’s body. Addie throws a rock at him, hitting him and then Father Soren’s assistant kicks over the pyre and the mother’s body rolls onto the ground.
The rest of the book is about Adelaide trying to get revenge on Father Soren for disrespecting her mother’s body.
I’m just going to come out and say it, this book was terrible. First of all, the tagline on the book is “Many called her Snow White, but few know her as The Fairytale Keeper”, ok but no one knows her as the fairytale keeper. It’s not even mentioned in the book why she would be a fairytale keeper. Nor is there a queen anywhere in the book. So the title is completely misleading. Addie’s story bears no resemblance to Snow White other than in appearance and the dead mother.
Galadriel (I’m sorry but every time I read that name, my mind immediately went to Lord of the Rings) is her mother’s cousin who is apparently supposed to be a Cinderella type character and had a crazy sister to work in the Six Swans fairy tale. Galadriel’s story is all over the place.
The word whore is used about 100 times in this story. The author clearly has an issue with sex workers from the Middle Ages. The fairytales drop off about halfway through the book. Addie’s father is a drunk. Addie’s talks about how her father has only ever slapped her once her whole life but during the course of this book he hits her like 3 or 4 times in the course of a few days. He hops into bed with Galadriel only days after his wife’s funeral. The climax of the story and how it’s resolved makes no damn sense. There are a lot of typos.
So why am I giving this book 2 ½ stars if it’s so terrible? Because it has potential. There are going to be more books in the series (3 more, I believe) and I want the author to get better. My advice is, wait for me to review the other books before picking this one up. Maybe the books will get better and getting through one bad book will be worth it in the end.