Rumplestiltskin reimagined

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I was not aware that this was part of a series when I requested it through NetGalley. Coming in at over 500 pages, I expected it to be a standalone like Heartless. So, I was quite disappointed to realize that this is not a full story. There is no resolution at the end of this book and you need to read the next book in the series to find out what will happen. In that way, it is more like her Lunar Chronicles series. Fortunately, as of now, the second book, Cursed, is expected to conclude the story and be published in November of 2022.

This is the story of Rumplestiltskin imaginatively told though Meyer's unique storytelling. She takes an age old story and twists it into something completely new. The bones are the same, but the players and the outcome are different. In Meyer's version, there is a love story weaved within the pages and it grows to become an important part of the overall story.

At times the story meanders a bit too much and the book probably could have been shortened, but it was a story that kept me thinking about it when I wasn't reading and looking forward to picking it up again. I feel invested in these characters and look forward to seeing what happens to them all, not just the main characters, but several side characters as well. I just wish I didn't have to wait a year to know the outcome.

I listened to the audio version narrated by Rebecca Soler and she portrayed our main character, Serilda, perfectly. I'm hoping that she narrates the second book as well. It would be nice to have that continuity of character.