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"As the gates clicked shut behind them, she heard the distant roar of a beast."
She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is regrettably sent to live with the nouveau riche Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the country.
But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life. But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.
G. R. Mannering's eloquent style and creative retelling of a timeless classic illuminates the plight of Beauty and the Beast and is sure to captivate fans of Cinder, Beauty, and others.
"A lyrical, remarkably unusual retelling breeds new life into the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale. . . . Mannering’s beautifully written, third-person prose unfolds at a nearly perfect pace, cleverly placing scenes that shed light on various mysteries at the beginning of each of the five sections of the story. . . . A great choice for fans of high fantasy and fairy-tale retellings; they will hope for a sequel.
" Kirkus Reviews
A dark, modern rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast!
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“A lyrical, remarkably unusual retelling breeds new life into the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale…A great choice for fans of high fantasy and fairy-tale retellings.”
“The descriptive writing leads readers through an unusually powerful retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”
-Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT, School Library Journal